Schools are reopeDavid Mackoff, Presidentning and Labor Day is approaching. Temperatures are slowly beginning to cool. Before we know it, autumn will be here. September is a time of transitions and an opportunity for fresh starts and exciting adventures.

What kinds of adventures, you may ask? How about a field trip to see the wonders of the Glenstone museum? Our Village will have a group going there on September 7th. If you are interested, please register for it today, so our volunteers will know how many complimentary tickets and rides to arrange.

Last month’s online Open House offered a treat when ERCV member Rima Shaffer shared her beautiful photographs of her summer garden. You can see a few of her “Amaryllis Series” photos on our website here. Who knows what we will see, hear, and learn at this month’s gathering on Thursday, Sept 14th?  I hope you’ll be there. Also in August, we had a sizeable turnout for our happy hour at Olive Lounge, and we’ll be meeting there again this month. Come have a refreshing drink and perhaps an early dinner with your fellow Villagers on Thursday, September 21st.

Don’t forget that our October 1st community picnic in Rock Creek Park is just around the corner. Now is the time to register to join us. We will supply all the food and drink, but we would appreciate the help of a few more volunteers to assist with planning, setup, and cleanup.

Remember, every day is a chance for a fresh start, and the crisp autumn weather to come can give us renewed energy. I encourage everyone to seek and embrace new opportunities, nurture friendships, and cultivate healthy habits. Being an active member of East Rock Creek Village is an excellent way to get a jumpstart on the season. I hope that we will all enjoy my favorite month of the year!

I want to wish the most important man in my life, my father Benjamin, a very happy 90thbirthday. May he celebrate many more! And finally, to all who celebrate the Jewish High Holidays, I wish a sweet new year and a meaningful time of reflection. L’chaim! To life!

            –David Mackoff