Summertime in MI Town ... and while the living is not exactly easy, just being here is pretty close to life 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, jam-making is in full swing, 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 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 Monmouth Farm and Craft Market is open Wednesdays and Saturdays at the old fire station on Warren Street, across from Main Street Park, and is a delightful summertime addition to the community.
The summertime concerts have begun -- and what could be more delightful than packing a picnic supper and getting together with family and friends at Main Street Park in Monmouth to enjoy The Twangshifters Wednesday beginning at 6:30 p.m. The Music in the Park Concert Series will continue through Aug. 29.
Get set to rock out to the tunes of the `80s when the Radical Revolution arrives at Riverview Park Amphitheater in Independence on Friday. Bring your picnic baskets and spread blankets on the lawn and enjoy the evening. The concert begins at 7 p.m.
Both concerts are free and everyone is welcome. A variety of refreshments will be sold at both concert 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.
Ongoing summertime programs at both the Monmouth and Independence libraries promise enjoyment for readers of all ages. Check the websites or the schedules posted at both libraries for more information.
Friends of the Monmouth Library need donations of books for its ongoing book sale. Children's books are always in high demand and adult fiction and nonfiction is always welcome. We're unable to accept books that are dirty, mildewed or otherwise not in good condition.
Just a reminder to everyone -- please 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.