With the cool spring we had, everything is blooming slightly behind schedule, but I did find a large patch of St.-John’swort up on Novotny Road in front of North Fork Ranch. Yesterday afternoon, when our grandson and a couple of his friends arrived to surprise us at the bookstore, one of the boys picked up a book on wildflowers, and it fell open to the page listing 'Hypericum perforatum,' and there was a dried example pressed between the leaves of the book. On St. John’s Eve, yet! Or is today the Eve and tomorrow the Feast? Close, anyway.
Some of my friends raise their eyebrows when I mention the Feast of St. John and St. John’s Eve. “What’s it to ya?” they want to know. What it is to me is a bonfire in front of the old Trinité Church in Paris and fireworks elsewhere in the city. It’s Latvians in Kalamazoo jumping over bonfires all night long. It’s a picture in my mind of medieval villages on European hills lighting fires that can be seen by people in other villages on distant hills. It’s the latitude that joins us, from North America to Europe, and it’s a flower that came along for the ride with immigrants to the New World. It’s beautiful June, just past the solistice but not by much. Isn’t that enough to celebrate?
Tuesday, June 24, 7:30 p.m., Leelanau Township Library. First presentation of the summer series will be “Introduction to Story-Telling,” by Porter Abbott. Punch and cookies served afterwards. Come one, come all!
Friday, July 27, 5-9 p.m. Northport Gallery Walk. Participating art galleries are: Joppich Bay Street Gallery, Rantz Gallery, David Grath Fine Arts, Wright Gallery, By the Bight Gallery, Quiet Dove Gallery, Painted Horse Gallery, and the North Cove Gallery. Refreshments will be served. You can have a pleasant stroll around town and then relax down in the harbor for “Music in the Park,” listening to Hugh Willey and the Reunion Jazz Band, or picnic with music first and then do the galleries.
It's summer, and we're off and running!