The Lehrer Report for June 29, 2018

  • Phyllis LEHRER

Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Happy Birthday to the United States.

Celebrate our 242th anniversary July 4. A parade is held on the South Amherst Common at 10 a.m. Participants should register at 9:30 a.m. Free lemonade and watermelon will be served. Bouquets are presented to the oldest and youngest present.

The town’s celebration, organized by the LSSE department, will begin at 5 p.m. at the University of Massachusetts field behind the stadium. The event includes games, food and a concert by the Amherst Community Band. Fireworks start at 9:30 p.m.

Both events could use donations.

Be very careful with private fireworks.

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Garden report: The verbena and orange day lily bloomed.

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The annual Garden Tour, sponsored by the Amherst Historical Society, is June 30 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. with six homes to visit. Tickets are available at Hastings, Andy’s Greenhouse and the Hadley Garden Center. I have my ticket, which features a stunning garden photo.

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Pianist Estela Olevsky of Amherst sent me a reminder about the Mohawk Trails Concerts that begin June 30 at 7:30 p.m. at the Federated Church in Charlemont. The Adaskin Trio is performing. The concerts continue every Saturday through July 28.

Estela is one of the local musicians who took over the series after Ruth Black died. Ruth and her late husband, Arnie, founded Mohawk Trails decades ago. I remember when the church was not air conditioned.

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The Jones Library is again sponsoring an adult summer reading club. This year’s theme is Libraries Rock and it refers to music, not stones. Read or listen to three books and win a prize. Read three more and you are eligible for a drawing of books or an umbrella.

Pick up a packet that includes book suggestions related to music.

Last year J.D. Rockefeller’s biography was on the list. I read the 600-plus pages. (I probably wouldn’t have picked it on my own.) I learned a lot about crooked business practices, monopolies and charity. It was well done.

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