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Neighbors Growing Together | Aug 21, 2018

Springtime in Washington

By David Hotle

Has Spring sprung?
We are at that somewhat awkward time of the year when you wake up cold, dress for warmth and realize about noon that you have dressed too warmly. As I was coming in to work this morning my hand — the one not holding my morning mocha — was getting unseasonably cold. There has been plenty of rain for the past few days, which I am sure the farmers in the area are considering a godsend.
As it is every year, as nature wakes up, so do all the events in Washington. They tend to begin with the annual cleanup on the square. That is happening this Saturday from 8 to 10 a.m. It is a fun event for a good cause. Every year there is a mountain of trash that volunteers collect. Every year, there is something that someone finds which causes eyebrows to raise. I wonder what that will be this year. It will be fun to find out.
Camping and events out at Marr Park have also begun. I brought back a photo of several large campers parked on the grounds. Look for this either today or tomorrow, depending on space available. This Saturday at 10 a.m. there will be a preschool-on-the-prairie event. Summer hours begin May 1, which is a week from today.
Of course, we have all the standard events coming up this spring and early summer. I am always so afraid I will forget something, so if that happens, please don’t take it personally. It seems as if there is something going on all the time. That is a good problem to have. As always we have Celebrate Washington, Kidzfest, and the Gallery Walk. The Washington County Fair will kick off July 13. The Washington Municipal Band and the farmers market will begin soon. I don’t know what it is about sitting back in Central Park on a warm night and listening to the music fill the air, but it is something to be savored. As always, we have Ridiculous Day – what with us being one of the towns in Iowa that was the first to hold such an event.
It seems as if I am forgetting something that is being done with Ridiculous Day this year. The bike auction? No, they have that every year. I’m sure it will come to me.
Just kidding. Of course the 175th anniversary of the platting of Washington is being celebrated beginning with Ridiculous Day. The week of June 1 through 8 promises to be something that will be long remembered — at least until 2039 when we have our 200th anniversary. Tons of events are planned for this week, with a theme scheduled for each day. People wishing to learn more about the event can visit the Washington Chamber of Commerce Web site or the 175th anniversary Facebook page. People wishing to learn more about volunteering can visit these same sites. Washington has a reputation for having no shortage of people willing to roll their sleeves up to accomplish something, and I suspect this will be no exception. Don’t forget, when people in the future are examining history, the anniversary events are some of the first things they look to. By then someone may have even figured out how to pronounce ‘septaquintaquinquecentennia.’
As always, the stores in town are huge supporters of the events in town. Be sure to be generous when you are out enjoying the latest event. Don’t forget, you can’t buy happiness, but you can buy locally – which is kind of the same.