• Brian Gallagher

What I didn’t do this summer


So here we are a couple of days away from July. We just passed the longest day of the year so I guess everything now is on the way back to darkness at 4 p.m. I’m not trying to be a ‘Debbie Downer’ folks, but as I am sitting here sipping coffee and listening to the annoying sounds of construction outside my door (which has gone on for weeks and shows no end in sight) I realized that summer is basically half over. May and June are all but gone so that only leaves us July and August. September? Nah, it’s a crapshoot at best. And in realizing that this summer is basically flying by (noisily, dustily – did I mention the incessant bleeping construction?) I asked myself, “What have you done this summer”?

So if I was back at St. Patrick’s Elementary school and I had to write my, “What I did for summer holiday” essay – I should be panicking right now. I mean like night sweats panicky. Hopefully my benevolent editor will be far more lenient than my teachers were when it comes to content, grammar, and word count. Why? Because I’ve done nothing outside the grounds of Shangri-la, beautiful people – nada. The wife and I went out to picnic at Pointe-du-Moulin last Monday and looked at each other realizing that this was our big summer outing so far. Yup – some sandwiches, chips, salad and a can of coke (as a bonus we split a Twix bar). Home by 2:30 p.m. Living like pilgrim rock stars my friends. Partying like it’s 1899.

This needs a re-write as my dear benevolent editor gently reminds me weekly.

So that’s it – I’ve got to get busy. Got to fill up the calendar and get my proverbial behind in gear and enjoy this preciously short Canadian summer. Hopefully I will have something to write home about by the time school is back in session.


Now for those of you actually enjoying summer, the Hudson Village Theatre kicks off its 2019 summer season with The Drawer Boy from July 4-21. A Governor General’s award winner; this play, directed by Dean Patrick Fleming, should be a fantastic piece of theatre to catch and one of the do-not-miss events at the theatre this summer. Tickets and more show info can be found by contacting them at (450) 458-5361 or hvtbox@villagetheatre.ca

Starting June 19 and continuing on throughout the summer, Wednesdays rhyme with music on the Canal Boardwalk in Ste-Anne-de-Bellevue. Music starts at 7:30 p.m. each week so bring your folding chair and enjoy some great music down by the water! You can see the entire 2019 summer line-up on the Ste-Anne-de-Bellevue town website.

The 2019 Hudson Music Festival is just over a month away. Put August 2-11 in your calendars for a wide variety of local and international musical performers co

As always, make sure you check out the ‘Things to See and Do’ section of The Journal for other community events in and around the Vaudreuil-Soulanges area and if you have some music, art or other cool event you think I should be checking out please hit me up at kickinthearts@yourlocaljournal.ca.


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