A friend of mine commented on the first two holiday weekends of Memorial Day weekend and Fourth of July weekend as “0 for two!”

With the rains we’ve had this summer so far, it seems we may go from spring into fall with a forgotten summer in between. But finally, this week, there seems to be some respite from the rain.

Some meteorologists have said this July is about the fifth wettest July on record, and it certainly is in contention.

The weekend of July 31-August 1 has plenty of activity here in Caroga Lake. A chicken barbeque put on by Caroga Fish and Game at Camper’s Corner Store on Saturday starting 11AM, a car show at Sherman’s Park also on Saturday and a concert from Caroga Music Festival Saturday night with bluegrass virtuoso Sierra Hull with the Saunders Family Band at 7PM.

A retrospective of historic postcards celebrating Sherman’s 100-year history will be shown Thursday’s through Sunday’s 1-4PM at the Caroga Museum July 29-August 29 and a town wide garage sale was also on Saturday, July 31. (Leftovers and deals to be had usually follow on Sunday.)

You could say things are going from quiet to chaos this weekend, but there’s certainly plenty to do and no one should be able to complain about a lack of activities here.

I include some photos taken Wednesday of the peace before the storm of activity over the weekend to come. A sailboat waiting for wind along East Shore Road of West Caroga Lake, Canadian Geese on the beach near Sherman’s Park (ignoring the “Deeded Rights Only” sign) and Nick Stoner Island on Canada Lake.

These photos remind me of the peaceful quiet that can be had in summer here… a respite from the world news and frenetic activities in the “big cities.”

When people see me on my beach here and ask where I go in winter, I simply say, “Across the road.” Summer or winter and in between, this seems like a good place to be.

Richard H. Nilsen is the historian for town of Caroga, a photographer and author whose books can be found at local book stores, and is listed in the American Directory of Poets and Writers.


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