My son has become a smoothie fanatic. Not a flaxseed oil, protein powder, chia seeds type smoothie. His are more basic: half a frozen banana, 1 cup of orange juice, 1/2 cup of water and 1/4 cup of blueberries. Thanks to the frozen banana (and a frozen glass if you remember to store one in the freezer) they cool you down and are healthier than ice cream.
He's excited because it's almost July and that means blueberries! Not from our garden (we went that route but the geese seem to get more berries than we do) but from the Kiwanis. Much as I like to picture those dignified, community leaders out picking berries in the "Kiwanis blueberry patch" they actually import their blueberries from New Jersey for their annual sale. They are so fresh! Yes, the Kiwanis are selling blueberries (delivery is July 8) for $31 for a 10 lb. box. This is a HUGE number of blueberries but thankfully they freeze well. They even give you a list of blueberry recipes! Profits go to support local charities and scholarship funds. You only have until July 3 to place your order. Contact the Blueberry Chairman, Henry Beaver at 570-985-7262 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Unless you have central air, you might have noticed that evenings are much comfortable outdoors than indoors. Yesterday I escaped to a peaceful (and not as hot) chair on the back porch to read around 6 pm. Consider two outdoors concerts this week: tonight at Providence Place, 2200 First Avenue, Pottsville at 7 pm. They're featuring M&J Band and strawberry sundaes. Then Thursday the Tamaqua Railroad Station is featuring Magic Stew at 6:30 pm. As always with outdoor performances, bring your own chair or blanket.
Tonight the Schuylkill County Historical Society, 305 N. Centre Street, Pottsville is hosting an education event at 6:30 pm. Dave Thomas will be speaking about Civil War injuries and medical treatment. I have a feeling this event will make us very grateful for the advances in medical treatment!