The Robin, the crocus and the syrup
It’sDaylight reveals color; artificial light
drains it. - Helena Rubinstein
the calm after the storm, the lightest after the dark. We spring forward. A new season begins, another warming that leaves the cold old year behind.
Everything is springing lately, even though it won’t be made official until March 20th. Our pets are springing through half melted snow banks and bounding over puddles, while it still being light outside when we’re done work adds for some springing in our own steps, but spring isn’t really about springing anywhere, it’s more about a transition. A transition between winter and summer, a change in thinking; what to wear, a change in sleeping; it’s harder to wake up when it’s darker but easier to leave work when the sun is still in your face, and a change in attitude; it’s easier to whistle when you walk when the sun is shining and the birds are singing.
A brand new year of apple blossoms are readying to pop out. A brand new year of pure, sweet maple syrup started last Saturday and the Sarrasin’s family farm business, Milby Farm have been at it ever since. According to Sue Sarrasin, the season was right on time, but this year’s biggest difference was the amount of snow, making the season debut difficult, but “but the result will be worth it.” Everything just seems more invigorating when the sun shines bright and the winter’s snow melts off buildings.
Spring is all about new beginnings; babies, crocuses and the first ever ETSB United in Music Event to take place on Wednesday, March 16th. To be an annual event, Sherbrooke Elementary School will play host from 11 a.m. to noon. An event where children’s artistic talent is showcased and music is the focus.
Spring is about the return of traditional symbols, like the red bellied Robin and the Show Your Talent Contest where students from each school in The Townships compete in categories ranging from media, writing and broadcasting. New to this year’s event, to be held on March 24th at 6:30 p.m. at BU’s Centennial Theatre, are live performances by students from Butler Elementary, St. Francis Elementary, Sutton Elementary, Knowlton Academy, Alexander Galt Regional High School, Eastern Townships Learning Centre and Richmond Regional High School. I’m still impressed by the ET News television show that JF Coley’s class entered. Loved the puppets they made, very creative.
While most of us are glad to see the parting of the snow and ice, some, namely 28 different teams, are glad it’s still around. At the Curling Club that is, according to Martin Rourke. The 2011