Enjoy the cicadas
We heard the true sound of summer this morning as we arrived at the Cosmos office – a lone cicada calling out for a mate amidst the stifling summer heat. Yes, that is a sound that means summer. But, as our cartoon suggests, one would have to live in a bubble that offers select sounds only if one is to keep out all the news of doom and gloom that is about.
Fortunately for Uxbridge, aside from questions and concerns over culvert construction delays, there isn’t really much going on. There’s stuff going on, but nothing earth-shatteringly newsworthy. So, we strongly advise you sit back, listen to the cicadas and enjoy the peace and quiet while it lasts. There’s an election this fall…
We stopped by the Trillium College Uxbridge Craft Beer HitsFest on Saturday afternoon (hereafter referred to as simply “HitsFest”!), just in time to hear Sunderland gal Carley Hope crooning out her set (and Taylor B. doing a fabulous rap!).
The set-up was great – so many craft beer and cider vendors to try, and tree roots painted fluorescent orange to prevent tripping – organizers thought of everything! Too bad they didn’t think of poncho or umbrella sales, though. Not long after Carley’s set, just as the Beresfords were taking the stage, the skies opened. And to their credit, the brother and sister duo (Brendan and Shannon Beresford) played bravely through the downpour. They seemed to be tucked up nicely under the Rotary Bandshell’s sheltering roof, and their set finished up just as it really started to come down. It was a shame that they, and Carley Hope, had to compete with the rain – people were leaving in droves when the wet really amped up, which meant those of us still watching and listening really had to yell and scream in appreciation, in order to make up for the crowd that went home.
We, too, eventually had to go home and change into dry clothes, but understand that the later afternoon/night time performances were outstanding, and that overall, Uxbridge’s first craft beer festival was worth getting a little wet for.
We’re feeling pretty proud of the Uxbridge Optimist Club – good on them for coming up with $50,000 to put towards the Uxbridge Pump Park (this year. Another $25,000 will be given next year.), to be installed at the Fields of Uxbridge, construction starting soon. The Optimists are few in number, at the moment (less than 15 members), but they do mighty work – the Fantasy of Lights is all them, and all the money they raise over the year is put back into community projects, namely for youth.
The Optimist Club is a club that helps other service clubs and groups, and it doesn’t often get a lot of visibility or recognition in town, so it’s fabulous that their full partnership with the Rotary Club and the Pump Park people and other groups means that the pump park will be known as the Optimist Pump Park. Rotary Skate Park, Optimist Pump Park – what a way to show people that volunteering with a service organization is still one of the very best ways to ensure that the things a community wants or desires are the things it gets when people give of their time and work together.
The pump park is still looking for partners to help with the building of other aspects of the park, such as pavillions, rest rooms, etc. There’s an open-house workshop this Saturday from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Seniors’ Centre, which will feature design options and a mini-version of the fun about to be built.