Our impressive spring parade of floral blooms is well underway.
As we passed a glorious lilac show recently, I recalled a cousin planning a trip to England reciting the first line of a Robert Browning poem, “Oh, to be in England now that April’s there.”
He said they planned to see a lot of lilacs, so the two ideas became associated in my mind.
My next thought was a slight revision — “Oh, to be at home now that April’s here.”
We have only one superior lilac, given to us by Marge Radonich from a start of one of hers. She called it “Elsie Olson” because her original plant came from Elsie, my aunt. But we have rhododendrons in abundance, and now azaleas opening, not to mention the blue, pink and white scilla and pink violets that put on a show regardless of weather.
Another line from Browning’s poem is “And after April, when May follows,” speaks to me in a different manner.
April means taxes, both IRS and property, but once they’re taken care of, the May calendar offers a variety of pleasant things, including our daughter’s birthday on Cinco de Mayo.
May Day comes first, with pleasant memories of picking flowers, including the scilla in Grandma’s garden, to take (secretly!) to the neighbors.
May is full for many Key Peninsula residents.
May 7 is the 15th Livable Community Fair at the KP Civic Center, 17010 S. Vaughn Rd., from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. No admission charge.
The gym is filled with display tables by various nonprofit organizations, a light breakfast and lunch wraps and go-withs are available from the kitchen, and the Whitmore room hosts several youth groups with activities and displays of interest to the younger generations.
The Bluegrass Minstrels present their special music onstage between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m., and the Vaughn Elementary School Whole-Note Huskies offer a xylophone concert. Outside will be assorted vehicles for a Touch-a-Truck experience, plus a fire department-sponsored trout pond.
The Lakebay Fuchsia Society opens its 21st annual plant sale out on the lawn at 9 a.m. Fuchsias from starts to full baskets plus some annuals, perennials and vegetable plants are available.
The KP Historical Museum will be open with activities and crafts used in pioneer days, including grinding coffee, butter making, spinning and making Mom’s Day cards.
Key Singers offer its annual spring concert, “With a Song,” at 3 p.m. May 15 in McColley Hall, KP Lutheran Church, 42313 Lackey Rd. A wide variety of musical selections are presented, and special guests include the Kitsap Pines Sweet Adelines chorus.
It’s cabaret seating, and light refreshments will be offered. $6 ticket donation.
Ashes, the KP fire department auxiliary, hold its annual fundraising spaghetti dinner at the fire station in Key Center from 4 to 7 p.m. May 21.
Spaghetti, salad, bread, dessert and beverage will be served. Suggested donation is $5 for adults, $2.50 for children 10 and younger, and those 5 and younger are free.
The noted Aisle of Honor at Vaughn Bay Cemetery is scheduled for 1 p.m May 29.