Summer arrived officially about five hours ago, 12:04 a.m. CDT, the moment of solstice --- if you keep track of such things --- so here we are, launching a new season.
The eve of the solstice in Chariton happened to be the regular date for a concert by the Community Band on the courthouse lawn --- 7 p.m. Thursdays through July 11. So there was even a celebration.
Popcorn was free and appreciative consumers of old-fashioned summers --- and band music --- gathered on lawn chairs and park benches or in their cars nosed to the curb (honking in appreciation between numbers rather than clapping).
Those attuned to physical fitness as well as music had hiked briskly around the perimeter of the courthouse lawn several times before the music began.
The concert will move next Thursday, June 27, to the Lucas County Historical Society museum, on the patio if the weather is fair, inside the barn if it isn't.
Our buildings will open at 6 p.m. for those who wish to visit them and fresh-roasted peanuts, popcorn, lemonade and ice water will be on the menu. Concert starts at 7. Come on over.