May is here! It’s time to plant the garden, mow the lawn, and plan the summer vacation. My students are getting antsy, and it seems as though we all spend more time looking out the window than focusing on schoolwork (teachers included!) There is a cardinal family renting space in the tree outside my classroom, and we’re all enjoying the daily comings and goings of the Bird family. But alas, state SOL testing is looming, so we still must do some serious reviewing.
It was an honor to once again be part of Heritage Day – a magnificent tribute to our local history presented each year by our own Pat Turner Ritchie. I have been going to Heritage Day for many years now, but I learn new information each time I attend. Our area has a rich history and Pat is doing a wonderful job researching our past and putting it on display for all to enjoy.
This month’s Chronicle is once again packed with local stories. Learn about hunting morels, visit an Aristocat Café, and read historical information about the Hottinger family. Our word search features edible wild plants, but if you’re like me and don’t usually forage for your food, Sarah has some tasty alternatives in her recipe column. Somehow, Chipotle in a Bowl seems a lot more appetizing than a heaping platter of stinging nettles.
Don’t miss the Off Broadway Player’s rendition of Steel Magnolias performed on stage the weekend of May 12 and 19. Read Jeff Obenschain’s article in Spotlight on the Off Broadway Players for specific dates and times. Looking ahead, I’ll be playing piano and directing the “choir” for the late July early August production of Walking Across Egypt (I have a bit of experience with church choirs! ) Ron Smith is directing this heartwarming comedy.
Enjoy this last month of spring!