Fair starts, school begins, summer slips away | TheUnion.com

Fair starts, school begins, summer slips away

This week, as has happened for generations, Nevada County Fair begins.

The fair started yesterday and runs through Sunday. Some of the sweet musical acts you could enjoy are listed in this week’s Prospector. More details are available at http://www.NevadaCountyFair.com or in reporter Kael Newton’s article in The Union from Tuesday, posted online at http://www.theunion.com.

As is Nevada County tradition, the start of area public schools is delicately postponed until next week, after the fair ends (Aug. 19 to be exact). In today’s regular edition of The Union, under the Family Focus section, you can find a complete listing of school bus schedules and a “Back to School” article by reporter Emily Lavin.

I don’t know why, and it’s just a feeling, but this year, the last portion of summer in Nevada County seems especially poignant. We have been through so much this summer — especially the Lowell Fire, which conveniently was contained just in time to allow Cal Fire to dismantle its command post that had taken over the entire fairgrounds and allow setup for the fair. We continue to pray for a good rainy season ahead and water for our beloved — but parched — forests, fields and flowers.

With the hint of fall now gently touching our cool mornings, there’s a sense of new beginnings, gratitude for having survived it all to start again and perhaps even celebration for the grace that is definitely arriving as we speak.

In that vein, the last two weekends of August are promising some extraordinary musical offerings: Dancing With Our Stars on the 22nd, Latin jazz master Pete Escovedo at North Star House on the 23rd, followed by a big house concert with Lorraine Gervais and others and a Terry Riley concert performance — both on the 29th. We certainly have the best of the best to finish out the season.

Stay tuned to Prospector for details on these and other arts and entertainment events.

See you at the fair!

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