The Joe's Pond Association Spring Meeting, 2021 went very well this morning. There was a good turnout - about like it was before Covid only the seating was spread out a bit more than normal. With extra openings of the pavilion curtains on the lee side, there was plenty of air circulation. It was also pretty darned chilly, but hot coffee and doughnuts helped, and everyone seemed to be in high spirits, happy to be back in a familiar routine at the first meeting of the season, and not minding the cold much at all.
The winner of this year's Ice-Out contest, Galina Mesko, was present to receive her Certificate of Award and a check. She is from Newport, Vermont, and has entered the contest every year since 2013 when she participated in a college project involving the contest. Her persistence and patience over the years paid off handsomely this year.
A few people mentioned that the address I posted here yesterday to sign up for a copy of the West Danville history book is not active. It is an email address (firstname.lastname@example.org) and I thought I had made it active so all one had to do was click on it and your email would pop up, but that does not happen; however, if you copy it into your regular email messaging, it will allow you to send an email. Just include your name and indicate how many books you think you will want. This is not a binding agreement to buy, but is meant to help the Danville Historical Society Board of Directors decide how many copies of the book they need to order. Full information about the book will be on their website (and here) as soon as we know what the cost will be. At this point we aren't sure how many pages the book will run, so we don't know how much it will cost to print.
Photos posted here of today's meeting are by Jamie Dimick. My thanks to him for remembering to do that. That is just one more thing Fred always did so I didn't have to think about it.
Enjoy the Memorial Day celebrations honoring the men and women who have died serving their country in the U. S. military. For many of us, Memorial Day (or Decoration Day as it used to be called) is also a time to visit cemeteries and place flowers on the graves of loved one; for others it is a time to gather with family and friends to mark the beginning of summer. Many towns have parades and special memorial services centered around the military. Here in Vermont, Memorial Day is often cold and wet and hardly appropriate for cookouts and fun in the sun and water, but it still marks the beginning of summer, even when it doesn't feel like it. Summer here is short - we don't want to make it shorter by waiting until the air and water temperatures cooperate. Most of us will get things rolling this weekend - so what if we have to wear winter jackets and mittens to keep from turning blue? Let's not waste precious time. Let's get out there and plant some flowers, wave an American flag, applaud the parade as it passes by, and get those hotdogs and hamburgers cookin'!!