As we approach our new calendar year (it seems our calendars here in Croton start with the beginning of the new school year and end in June. Summer remains as break time to enjoy all that we as a community have to luv. Think back to those 90+ degree days in July; remember our air conditioned houses, tree lined streets; recall swimming in that cold refreshing Silver Lake; the wonderful gentle breezes wafting in from the cooling waters of the Hudson; feel quiet peace of the Croton River as our kayaks or canoes slipped silently through the clear serene water; remember the awesome privilege of sailing quietly along the beautiful Hudson as the sun slipped down behind the Palisades.
Then imagine living on the 8th, 9th or 10th floor of any city apartment house, surrounded by stifling concrete buildings that radiate 100+ degree temperatures with no breeze and no air to relieve the oppression of the horrific heat. Think of the homeless in Phoenix AZ and Denver CO where the same heat spell continued to bear down relentlessly on them as they lined up outside the homeless shelters for some cold water and the hope of a stale breeze from a fan, or an occasional overburdened air conditioner to offer some relief. Yes indeed, we are truly blessed here in Croton and need to take just a minute every so often to remember those less fortunate and be aware of all that we have. Any time is right for those thoughts but it's particularly timely during this final month of August as we gear up for "our new calendar year."
More food for thought - with the ever rising gasoline prices averaging about $2.60 a gallon, it's all the more incentive to shop locally. Concentrate on less trips to the Mall to possibly save a dollar or two on school supplies, birthday gifts, and various and sundry little items, think locally. Obviously no one claims that we can get everything we need locally but we sure can get a lot of specialty items right here in Croton. The very same pencils, lunch boxes, and notebooks are sold in our local drug stores to say nothing about the variety of interesting things offered at our very own Wondrous Things in the upper village. Our two small jewelry and trinket shops have unusual and unique well priced pieces. The price of gas makes it smarter than ever to shop locally. At $2.60 +/gallon we can save upwards of $10, $20 or even $30 dollars on every purchase by shopping locally. Can't beat that!
Susical was an extraordinary musical experience. The Croton Teen Theatre and the actors were at the peak of their performance. The production was whimsical and delightful and all are to be congratulated. The many lessons to be learned from the fantasy tales of Dr. Seuss were beautifully depicted by our very own Cat in the Hat, Horton the Elephant, JoJo, Mazie and Gertrude, the Sour Kangaroo, all the Who's and each and every one of the vibrant and energetic cast. The musical score was uplifting and jumping and kept the performance alive and powerful. As Horton, JoJo, and the Cat in the Hat kept telling us ... "A person's a person, no matter how small" and "anything's possible if you just believe" are valuable lessons for all of us to follow. Surely, "Susically" would make this world a better place! The play was a delightful event and congratulations are in order for all involved. We look forward to next year!
Raspberries are in full view along all our winding country roads just waiting to be plucked and turned into wonderful sweet jams and jellies or those extraordinary summer desserts that we all love. We just have to keep an eye out for the wild patches growing along the side of the roads. The bushes are especially full and plump this year and ready for picking and are particularly plentiful out and around the Croton Dam area. Reminder to all drivers... be especially cautious driving as there may well be "berry pickers" just around the next bend in the road.
Enjoy what's left of this season and keep on luvincrtn!