The Lehrer Report: June 7, 2024

Published: 06-06-2024 7:32 PM

Garden report: The campanula and astilbe have bloomed.

Some pepper and tomato plants have blossoms. The green bean seeds have sprouted. The dahlias have sent up green shoots.


Elisa Campbell of Amherst will lead an Old Growth Forest walking tour at UMass on Saturday, June 8 from 10 a.m. to noon. Rain date is June 9.

It’s a fundraiser for the Amherst Historical Society. A few weeks ago she gave a talk for the society about her walks in the forest, which she has done for 20 years. The number of walkers is limited. Register at


Lois Sayers Smith of Amherst sent me a letter about a concert, “Celebrating Spring in Song,” on Sunday, June 9 at 3 p.m. at the Amherst Woman’s Club. Her voice students will perform accompanied by Matthew Cron, pianist, of the New England Conservatory of Music.

The program is free and open to the public.

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Valley Light Opera will be holding auditions for its fall show, “The McAdo,” a Scottish adaptation of Gilbert and Sullivan’s “The Mikado,” on June 13 and 14 from 5 to 8 p.m, and June 16 from 2 to 5 p.m. at the Wesley Methodist Church in Hadley, according to an email from my Orchard Valley neighbor Phyllis Jordan. An audition workshop is scheduled for June 12 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the church. Visit for details.


Bruce Penniman of Amherst sent me an email about the book discussion that will be held June 12 and 26 at 7 p.m. as part of the South Church’s 200th Anniversary Series. The group will read  “Complicity: How the North Promoted, Prolonged and Profited from Slavery,” by Anne Farrow et Al.

It’s free and all are welcome to join.


Good news: The drive-up mail box is back at the University Drive Post Office. However, be very careful to avoid the really big pothole as you turn and head for the exit. A tire could get lost in there.


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