For most public school students school starts in less than two weeks, before the traditional end-of-summer holiday, Labor Day. There are still lots of summer activities. The Mahoosuc Arts Council Summer Bandstand Concert Series continues through August. The concerts are Sunday afternoon at 4 p.m. on the Bethel Common. The concerts are free and take place rain or shine. All you need are a chair and a blanket. On Sunday, Aug. 18, local favorites Donnie Katlin and Jewel Clark will perform a mix of country, folk, blues, and rock. Clark, an award-winning performer, is known for her yodeling. Katlin’s and Clark’s performances are not-to-be-missed events. On Sun., Aug. 25, Just Us Two, (western Maine musicians Jo Plummer and Bob Gauthier) will close out the concert series with songs from the 1960s through the present. You can get more information on the concert series and the musicians at www.mahoosucarts.org.
Other upcoming musical events: the Rumford Point Church on Route 2 will host a hymn sing on Sunday evening, Aug. 18 at 7 p.m. The event will also include solo performances. Everyone is welcome.
The Pinhook Meeting House Hymn Sing is the last Friday of each month (Aug. 30) at 7 p.m., followed by refreshments. Everyone is welcome to participate. The meeting house is on Route 232 in North Woodstock.
The late summer flowers seem to be larger and more vibrant with color this year, possibly because of the large amount of rain. The old pasture behind our house is filled with hundreds of evening primroses. The plants are more than five feet tall with large yellow flowers. The blossoms open in the morning, but close in the brilliant sunlight. The flowers last only overnight. When they die, new buds open on the plants. I found dozens of bottle gentians in a swampy area beside the old pasture. I had never seen this flower before, but my mother says she is familiar with it. The plants are a foot high with narrow green leaves and a cluster of bright purple blossoms at the top. My copy of “Summer & Fall Wildflowers of New England” by Marilyn J. Dwelley says that “Gentians are becoming scarce in our area and should not be picked.” The book was copyright in 1977. It is good to know these flowers are still here.
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