Bring your watermelon smile to the cool senior center

Remember: The Charlotte Senior Center is an official cooling center for the town. On Mondays, you are welcome to come in to enjoy good food and good conversation along with escape from the heat.

Think about this: If you’d come volunteer, you’d be doing your good deeds in a nice, cool place.

Monday, Aug. 1, 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. or until the food is gone
Monday Munch
Caprese BLT sandwich, roasted tomato soup, fruit salad and homemade dessert.

Register for Thursday’s Grab & Go Meal at 802-425-6345.

Thursday, Aug. 4
Grab & Go Meal, pick up: 10-11 a.m.
Meatballs in marinara sauce with parmesan cheese, penne pasta, mixed-blend vegetables, dinner roll with butter, vanilla fluff with cream and milk. Meal provided by Age Well at no charge.

Aug. 8, 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Monday Munch
Ham salad, corn salad, watermelon and homemade dessert.

Thursday, Aug. 11, 7-9 a.m.
Men’s breakfast with program.
Grab & Go Meal, pick up: 10-11 a.m.
Chicken-n-biscuit, chicken in gravy, red mashed potatoes, diced carrots with dill, biscuit, pound cake with strawberries and cream, and milk. Registration required by the prior Monday. Meals provided by Age Well.

It’s no surprise that the red, white and green tricolors of the BLT Caprese sandwich are the same colors as the Italian flag. The island of Capri has been synonymous with glamor since it was the playground of the Roman Emperor Augustus. Centuries later, such writers as George Bernard Shaw, D. H. Lawrence and Graham Greene visited, as did film icons Greta Garbo, Grace Kelly and Elizabeth Taylor.

Just off the coast of Capri, the Blue Grotto offers legends of mermaids singing and the presence of ghosts. These days, tour boats with singing guides seem to have crowded out the mermaids. Check it out.

As you think about that watermelon on Aug. 8, remember Mark Twain’s advice: “When one has tasted watermelon, he knows what the angels eat.”

Enrico Caruso was a bit more prosaic: “Watermelon — it’s a good fruit. You eat, you drink, you wash your face.”

Henry David Thoreau’s good watermelon advice: “I know of no more agreeable and nutritious food at this season than bread and butter and melons, and you need not be afraid of eating too much of the latter.”

For some old-time fun, here’s Tennessee Ernie Ford bringing us the very tasty “Watermelon Song”.

National Book Award for Poetry awardee Terrance Hayes wrote a sonnet that repeats this line 14 times: “We sliced the watermelon into smiles.”

Go ahead: Say it out loud 14 times. Then bring your smile to the Charlotte Senior Center.