“Oh for boyhood’s painless play, / Sleep that wakes in laughing day, / Health that mocks the doctor’s rules, / Knowledge never learned of schools, … / Oh for boyhood’s time of June, / Crowding years in one brief moon …”

— Excerpted from “The Barefoot Boy”

by John Greenleaf Whittier

Well, we weathered that storm Thursday night didn’t we? And the persnickity old weather man is saying there’s still a 30 percent chance for more today, but after the dry months we’ve had, a little moisture would just be lover-ly. Wouldn’t it?

Rain or shine, we’re sticking with an “it will be fine.” Just ask yourself, “Isn’t it a be-you-ti-ful day?” And you’ll surely agree that it is. After all, it’s got all those good things about June going on, and a calendar of events that is all about enjoying summer like it’s meant to be enjoyed.

Start with that farmers’ market. Yes, for sure, it’s early for a lot of the good garden vegetables to be available. But here’s the secret about farmers’ markets, if you don’t get in the habit of going every chance you get, when the really good stuff is available, you’ll forget to go and miss the best buys. Just go. Howdy with Todd and some of the regulars. Ask when the peas are going to be ready. Thump the tomatoes (gently) and smell the green end of the cantaloupes to see if they’re sweet and ripe. Find out what’s coming and when to expect it. The best thing you can do with summer is take time to enjoy the good things there are to enjoy when they’re there to enjoy. Try to remember that.

Now we’re not going to be taking up more space later on to give the farmers’ market particulars. It’s easy to find and it starts early — 7 a.m. until sell out — and it’s under the Bill Monroe Overpass on Austin Avenue at the corner of Avenue A and Brady. If you can’t get there today, well, it will be open again Tuesday and Thursday, same time, same overpass.

As for what else is going on, well, keep reading.

More Juneteenth fun

Booths, concessions and Kiddieland will open at 10 a.m. at Cecil Holman Park, moving into the fourth day of celebration of Juneteenth. Kiddies, if you’re there at lunch time, you get a free hot dog.

Then, at 5 p.m. today, there’s a baseball game, and it’s probably free or close to. At 8 p.m., Victor Brown will provide a comedy hour and at 9, James Butler and The Cool Show Band will perform right up to 1 a.m. Sunday.

The local Juneteenth celebration has for a number of years been a fund-raising effort for the R.F. Hardin Museum and this is your chance to support a worthwhile cause, and celebrate the blessings of a free nation.

For information about this weekend’s events contact Michael Kelly, at 642-9017, LaSonya Hall at 998-0136, Harriett Wilson at 217-2790 or Carol Spratt at 642-0196.

Thunderbird Bay

appreciation dinner

The Thunderbird Bay Homeowners Association will treat residents to a volunteer appreciation dinner from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. at the park to express thanks for supporting with dollars and labor projects that provided new street signs, trimmed trees, improved the boat ramp and made other improvements. Fifty property owners donated a total of $2,500 for all the work.

We all scream

for ice cream

And those Lake Brownwood Lions are serving it homemade. It’s a “two for” Saturday. First, at 1:30 p.m., the club will host bingo at the Lake Brownwood Lions Clubhouse, 6751 Highway 279.

Then, from 6 to 10 p.m., folks can listen to the talents of area musicians and singers. And here’s the kicker, the snack bar will be open, serving homemade ice cream and hamburgers. No alcohol is allowed on the premises or in the building, but you knew that, didn’t you?

Over in Comanche County

The Comanche Ranch Rodeo will begin at 7 p.m. and it’s hosted by the Comanche Roping Club. Events will include trailer loading, wild cow milking, mugging, branding and sorting. Admission is $5 for adults, $4 for ages 6-12 and free for under 5.

All the regular stuff

• The Brown County Museum of History, located downtown in the old jail across from the courthouse, is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. every Saturday.

• Bangs residents who present a copy of their water bill can dump excessive trash into the roll-off container from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. every Saturday at the water plant on North Third Street.

• The Heart of Texas Dance Club meets from 7 to 9 p.m. every Saturday (unless we tell you differently) at St. John’s Episcopal Church, on Main and Depot for open dance practice. There is a $2 per person admission. Call 646-0048 or 646-0037 for more information.

• Brownwood Group of Alcoholics Anonymous meets from 8-9 a.m. seven days a week and at noon each Wednesday at 700 E. Baker. Call 646-5842 for information.

• New Way Narcotics Anonymous meets at noon and 7 p.m. daily at 602 W. Commerce. For more information call 646-7777.

• Alcoholics Anonymous meets at 502 W. Austin in Brownwood at 6:30 p.m. daily.