Spring sprang early this year, with various flowers ahead of their usual season. Some plants, regardless of weather or temperature, seem to keep better dates, so we’ll still have showy rhododendrons and azaleas blossoms for May.
The pretty blue scilla will likely be past for May Day baskets, a tradition I grew up with and our children carried on for many more years. These “bluebells” were always a favorite in those little gifts for neighbors.
Our brief trip to the tulip fields of Mount Vernon was perfect timing; damp ground but no cloudbursts to wet us down. A video taken from a drone flying over the major areas a few weeks earlier gave us a great preview: a good way to view the masses of color in a rainy stretch.
May is a busy month with Mom’s Day celebrations and graduations for some, plus a granddaughter’s wedding for us. Locally, we add some more special May events.
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Key Peninsula Historical Society museum is 20 years old next month. The celebratory attitude may extend beyond the date, but for starters, there’s an open house on May 9 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., coordinating with the Civic Center’s Livable Community Fair inside and Lakebay Fuchsia Society’s annual plant sale on the lawn.
Tables set up by nonprofit organizations offer information, some sales items (and a few freebies) inside the gym, plus music on the stage, including the Bluegrass Minstrels, sponsored by the museum, at 2 p.m.
The museum’s new display is about early Key Peninsula history. Books, postcards and other items are for sale. An activity for children will be offered, too. There’s no admittance charge, but monetary donations will be accepted.
The Vaughn Bay Garden Club is setting up a small flower bed at the back of the patio below the museum. A bench and plaque from their former garden by the entrance are also there.
A huge yard sale in Key Center will take place on May 16, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Shirley Olson’s front yard. Profits benefit the KP museum’s building fund. Attendees are reminded to NOT use Sound Credit Union’s parking until after it closes at 1 p.m. Look for parking signs. It’s a brief walk across the street from the main parking lots.
The Joyful Noise Choir performs at 3 p.m. May 16 in Fox Island United Church of Christ at 726-6th Ave. A $5 donation is suggested.
On Sunday, May 17, Key Singers offer their spring concert “# Key World” at 3 p.m. in McColley Hall, KP Lutheran Church on Lackey Road just before it connects to the KP Highway. Music includes show tunes, sacred music and fun ones, too. A $6 donation is suggested, and the event features cabaret seating with light refreshments.
The Aisle of Honor at Vaughn Bay Cemetery, started in 1994 by the KP VFW and carried on by KP Veterans, hosts a commemorative program at 1 p.m. May 24. Casket flags, mostly U.S., but a few others, have been contributed by family members to make an outstanding display around the cemetery.
Local Scouts help set up the 337 flags by 7 a.m. and take them down at 6 p.m. Each grave of a military member receives a small flag from the cemetery board. Retired Brig. Gen. Stan Fleming is the guest speaker, Key Singers sing brief renditions of the armed services songs and Scott Lumsden (my nephew!) plays his bagpipes. A shuttle bus provided by Bus Connect will leave Vaughn Elementary School parking lot every 15 minutes beginning at noon to alleviate parking hassles near the cemetery.
Spring is definitely here. Enjoy her offerings.