Summertime in MI Town ... and while the living is not exactly easy, just being here is pretty close to being in paradise.
For those of us up early enough to enjoy the cool mornings, there's time to get things in order before the real heat of the day begins.
We're getting more good things from the gardens and filling the pantry and freezer, and the summer flowers are at their best.
Those of us who are too busy or don't have the space for our own garden will be able to enjoy the benefits of fresh produce, flowers and other delightful offerings twice a week at MI Town's wonderful farmers markets.
Saturday mornings, you'll be able to get a head start on the week ahead by stopping by the Sterling Savings Bank parking lot on Main Street in Independence.
The new Monmouth Farm and Craft Market is now open Wednesdays at the old fire station on Warren Street, across from Main Street Park, and is a delightful addition to the community. For more information, call Mel Finegan at 503-787-3561.
The summertime concerts have begun -- and what could be more delightful than packing a picnic supper on Wednesdays and getting together with family and friends at Main Street Park in Monmouth to enjoy Hot Rod Lincoln tonight (July 15) at 7 o'clock. The Dave Anderson Memorial Music in the Park Concert Series will continue through Aug. 19.
Friday, July 17, marks the appearance of Amadan at the Summer Concert Series at Riverview Park Amphitheater in Independence. The concert begins at 7:30 p.m.
Both concerts are free and everyone is welcome. A variety of refreshment items will be sold at both venues. Let's all patronize our local concert sponsors and say thank you to the cities of Independence and Monmouth for funding these great programs.
When summer is over, and we've packed away the hammocks and lawn chairs and wonder where the time has gone, we don't need to lament the lack of good music and entertainment options.
The Edgar H. Smith Fine Arts Series celebrates its 33rd year with six excellent programs, beginning Oct. 9 on the campus of Western Oregon University. Season ticket prices are $99; student season tickets are $48. Tickets for individual programs, if available, are $30.
During these trying financial times, this wonderful series needs your support. For more information, call 503-838-8333 or visit the Web site www.wou.edu/president/advancement/smith. Let's do all we can to help keep world-class entertainment in MI Town.
Just a reminder to everyone to don't even think about backyard burning during these July days and evenings. One good reason is that it's against the law. Even with diligent and careful watering, everything is tinder dry and a simple little brush fire can get out of control in a moment's time.