I felt a bit old and nostalgic this past weekend as we attended several graduation receptions for students that were but mere babies when our paths first crossed. The saggy diapers, Hot Wheels and gap -toothed grins have been replaced by tailored threads on well-proportioned, weight-trained bodies, decked-out pickups and perfect, brace-straightened teeth in glowing white. I thought about how fast these years flash by and where all of that time disappears to. Now that some of us are ready to slow it down, all it does is spin faster and faster. It will for all of us . . . and sooner rather than later.

Congratulations to all 2019 graduates, the world awaits your contributions. Make them count!

I finally have a few copies of the new, 2019 Nebraska Passport Program available at the office. I hope to have more after Thursday when I return from the annual NETA Brochure Swap in Seward. I will take all of our new, York County publications and swap them out for new pieces brought in by the other attendees. I will see what I am able to swipe and put in my box. Additional copies may be picked up at our two York County stops: York College Clayton Museum of Ancient History and Lee’s Legendary Marble. Start collecting your Passport stamps right here in York County!

The arrival of June means that Farmer’s Markets are just around the corner, and all that delicious fresh produce is just waiting to be had. I have already stuffed myself with asparagus, thanks to a couple of extremely generous friends. It was so perfect that I even tried my hand at pickling some. I think after another week or so, I may be ready to sample a jar.

The same with rhubarb. Early-mid spring is the perfect time for cutting and enjoying those fresh stalks. Already six pans of Ruthie Matzner’s Rhubarb Cobbler have found their way into one of our freezers for another day. Well . . . maybe five pans, as we ate one. Ok . . . maybe four pans, as we shared another pan with the mayor and his family! Three pans for sure!

The Henderson Farmer’s Market starts on Tuesday, June 4 at the Henderson City Park from 5-7 p.m. The York Farmers Market begins on Thursday, June 6 at a new shaded location in the grassy area directly south of the Kilgore Memorial Library parking lot. Hours are the same, from 5-7 p.m. We’re excited about the new location and hope you are too. Our favorite vendors will be there along with a couple of new ones too, and the library will be planning some events during that time period.

Wessels Living History Farm presents “Barrel Fest” Polka Concert Fundraiser, featuring The Chardon Polk Band, on Friday, May 31 at the Farm from 4:30-11 p.m. Food and bar provided by JW’s Catering offering outstanding food and amazing craft beers from First Street Brewing Company, Goose Island Beer Company, 10 Barrel Brewing Company, Golden Road Brewing, Breckenridge Brewing and Elysian Brewing. Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the gate, and may be purchased locally at the York Chamber Office, JW’s Catering or Wessels Living History Farm. You must be 21 or older to attend. More information available at Eventbrite.com, 1920farm.org or by calling 402-710-0682.

For your calendars:

May 18 -- King of the Ring Demolition Derby - York County Fairgrounds

May 25-27 -- Gresham Firemen’s Picnic - Communitywide

May 31 -- “Barrel Fest” Polka Concert Fundraiser - Wessels Living History Farm 4:30-11 p.m.

June 1 -- Evolution Corvette Car Club presents Swap Meet (9 a.m. - 4 p.m.) and All Car, Truck & Motorcycle Show (1 - 4 p.m.) - Old Benedict School Building, 445 Work Avenue, Benedict. For more information: wetzelpatty@gmail or call 402-335-1887.

June 4 -- Henderson Farmer’s Market starts - Henderson City Park 5 - 7 p.m.

June 6 -- York Farmers Market starts - Grassy area directly south of Kilgore Memorial Library parking lot

June 8 -- Planting Festival - Wessels Living History Farm

June 9-15 -- Soul Quest - York College Campus

June 14 -- Annual Ambassador Golf Tournament - York Country Club

June 14 -- York Public School’s 148th Birthday (became a district on June 14, 1871)

June 23 -- Hunger Walk - East Hill Park 1 - 3 p.m.

July 3 -- Firecracker Frenzy - York County Fairgrounds

July 9 -- Kid’s Camp: Russia to America - Henderson Mennonite Heritage Park 9 - 11 a.m.

July 12-14 -- Henderson Community Days - Citywide

July 13 -- Henderson Community Day’s Pancake Breakfast - Henderson Mennonite Heritage Park 6:30 -9:30 a.m.

July 13 -- Henderson Community Days Exhibit Opening - Voices of Conscience: Peace Witness in the Great War: Henderson Mennonite Heritage Park 1 - 4 p.m.

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