“Would you have time to be the ‘friend’ you should think I need? I have a little shape: it would not crowd your desk, nor make as much racket as the mouse that dents your galleries.” — Emily Dickinson, June 8, 1862, letter to Thomas Wentworth Higginson

By Candace Cooksey Fulton — Brownwood Bulletin

Oh dear, here we are. June’s on her last leg and summer — officially — is doing her first dance. It’s Saturday, again, just like it was a week ago. But it’s not the same as a week ago, because, of course, it’s a week later.

And now that it’s summer, it’s time to make way for all the livin’-is-easy and life’s-here-to-enjoy good things about summer. If you’re thinking black-eyed peas and fresh tomatoes, cantaloupe and good cold watermelon — you’re thinking right.

If you’re thinking iced tea and porch sitting, long conversations and simple pleasures, it’s time to get with it— summer never lasts as long as you think it’s going to.

Today’s a good day. By next Saturday the first round of fireworks for the Fourth of July will be blasting, and there’ll be more to do. For now, though, it’s OK to do less. Just enjoy it all more.

Meanwhile, what’s on the agenda around town? Here’s a little of what we found.

Ham operators Field Day

Brownwood area amateur radio operators will sharpen their emergency communication skills by working around the clock this weekend during the American Radio Relay League’s annual Field Day.

Local “ham” radio operators will set up field radio communication stations, get on the air and contact hundreds of other amateur operators, also known as hams, in the U.S. and Canada as part of participation in the events, according to spokesman Ray Schulze.

The Brownwood Amateur Radio Club’s Field Day operations will take place at the Brownwood National Guard Armory, off of Highway 45 in south Brownwood. Setup will begin this morning, and on-air operations will be from 1 p.m. today until 1 p.m. Sunday. The public is invited to visit and participate.

Bake sale

Homemade goodies without heating the oven? Such a deal, and all for a good cause, too. The Brown County 4-H Council will have a bake sale from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. in front of Tractor Supply in Brownwood. And also, CASA in the Heart of Texas Inc. will be having a garage/bake sale beginning at 8 a.m. at 2304 Highway 377 South in Brownwood.

And speaking of garage sales

Early Church of Christ is holding a huge indoor garage sale from 7:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 900 Early Blvd. All donations go to Youth Missions and Summer Outreach Projects.

Dutch Oven Society

The Heart of Texas Dutch Oven Society will meet today for a “cooker’s choice” noon time meal. Cooking will start between 10 and 11 a.m. at the Zephyr school. Come, cook and have a good time, or, if you don’t feel like cooking, bring a side dish “to pass.” For information on the society call Anna at 643-2021.

Various and sundry

Bangs residents who bring a copy of their water bill, may bring trash to the roll-off container at the water plant on North 3rd Street every Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. New Way Narcotics Anonymous meets daily at 8 a.m., noon and 7 p.m. at 602 W. Commerce. For information call 646-7777. The Lake Brownwood Lions Club, 6751 Highway 279, will host bingo at 1:30 p.m. The City of Bangs is hosting a local farmer’s market, free to vendors. Location is in the open area of downtown on Kyle Street. Times of operation are Thursday and Friday afternoons and Saturday mornings. Anyone interested in participating should call City Hall at 752-6223 or Marisa at 752-6282. Come out and support our local growers. The Brownwood Area Farmers Market, sponsored this year by Downtown Brownwood Inc., will be open Saturdays from 7 a.m. to sellout in the 500 block of Brown, between Adams and Chandler streets. Available will be fresh homegrown fruits, vegetables, herbs, plants, jams, jellies, eggs and nuts. Shiloh Church in Richland Springs hosts gospel singing at 6:30 p.m., featuring Onion Creek Crawdaddies, a gospel bluegrass band from Austin, as well as local talent. The Dairy Queen hosts a parking lot party from 6 to 9:30 p.m. Bo and his Band will provide entertainment, and burgers will be 99 cents from 6 to 9 p.m. The Zephyr Rodeo concludes at 8 p.m. For more information contact Chad Perkins at 642-9813.