And the town is alive! Suddenly there are flowers and leaves on the trees and kids splashing at the Riverside Splash pad and Carleton Place is once again the busiest little town in the valley. Bridge St is a hum of activity and every weekend there are a million and one things to do and if you’re bored…well…I just can’t imagine how?! No matter your age, interest or aptitude there is something for everyone. It’s the time of year we reach out to neighbours in other towns and welcome them to come and “Meet us on the Mississippi”. Wednesday night cruise nights are back at Market Square and they have become an annual tradition for many area car and truck enthusiasts. Why not head out for a stroll in the evening, take part in the 50/50 to support the hospital and check out some of the coolest rides in the area. The Farmer’s Market has returned every Saturday morning from 8:30-12:30 with fresh veggies, fruit, berries, herbs, local meat, baking and artisans of many sorts. Be sure to check in often as seasonal produce ripens and each week a new theme or special display enters the fray. Without even taking into consideration the overwhelming number of planned community events this month – Movie night in the park, The Man Cave, Lambs Down Festival, Farm to Fork, I Love My Park, The Art of Annie E.Duff Exhibit at the museum, Mighty Machines, The Bed Pan Classic and Bike Safety with Chase from Paw Patrol – we also have live music somewhere up to 5 nights a week. The Waterfront Gastro Pub, Slackoni’s, St. James, Chesswood, The Thirsty Moose have great patios to meet friends for a drink and a snack. Since June is the month for being outside we should chat about how Carleton Place also delivers in that category. With 16 parks, two beaches, a splash pad, skate/bmx park, 5 ball diamonds, batting cage, Canoe Club, Tennis courts, half a dozen soccer fields, a Labyrinth, life-sized Chess and Checker board and trails to walk, hike and bike there are not many towns that can compete with the level of activities available to the outdoor enthusiast. In June residents can grab a $40 season pass for the public boat launch at the end of Lake Avenue and enjoy evening boat trips down the river, drop a line in as bass season opens mid-June and June 19th the Shootout fishing league bass tournament returns to the waterway. As a family our favourite activity in the summer is an afternoon at Riverside Park. We do a little fishing and frog catching and some nights we luck out and get to watch the canoe club members training for an upcoming race. The splash pad, playground and beach are always fun as is tossing a Frisbee or ball around the yard. A packed picnic to nibble and enjoy one of the most beautiful sunsets in Lanark County rounds out a perfect summer evening outside. So get out there Carleton Place, window shop down Bridge St, enjoy a meal and some live music on the water at The Waterfront Gastro Pub or go for a family bike ride down the Trans-Canada Trail. There is no need to fight traffic or over pay for activities, you are sure to find the best summer fun steps from your front door!