Summer has come to town in the last few days with hot weather and clear skies, and even with a small chance of rain it seems that most of the moisture is in the form of humidity. In another couple of weeks the schools will all be out and the kids will be free to explore the different ways that they can enjoy the summer, and one of the best recreational opportunities is the City swimming pool. We try each year to open by Memorial Day, and this year we will go ahead and open the pool on Saturday and Monday , May 25 & 27, for the weekend and then will be closed the following week, except for parties, while the kids finish up school. We will open for full summer hours beginning the following Saturday, June 1, with plenty of lifeguards and a pool full of cool water. Generally the pool opens for free swim on weekdays at 10:30 in the morning at a cost of $1.50 per person, and at 10:00 on Saturdays with Sundays set aside for private party rentals. We will have a full schedule and all the details in next week’s paper so pay attention to that, and if you have any questions call the City office at 347-6449.
Each year for the past several years we have tried to improve the pool with some needed change. Last year we added the spiral slide that was a real hit, and this year we have added a handicap lift to aid swimmers with mobility issues in getting into and out of the water. If you have this need please ask one of the lifeguards for assistance or demonstrations and they will be glad to help. We have also added some much needed shade on the south side of the pool for those who are watching and waiting on the swimmers. That will be another significant improvement for anyone who visits the pool and is out of the water.
Other jobs and projects are proceeding at the expected rate around Mason, and it seems that as we move into summer there are always additional things to do. Last weekend was a full schedule with the Habitat for Humanity fundraiser, the One Act Play final performance before state finals this week, and the Historical Commissions Symposium on Comanche Indians in Texas which turned out to be a standing room only crowd. It was an interesting afternoon on Sunday to have Comanche Indians in town at the Odeon Theater for the Symposium, and then later that evening I was sitting on my balcony overlooking the Courthouse when I noticed, among all of the pickups, a lone cowboy riding a horse through the Square. You have to love a rural Texas town that welcomes both cowboys and Indians on the main street in town on a peaceful Sunday afternoon.
Mason is very surely the best hometown in Texas, and this summer is a great time to enjoy all of the benefits and enjoyments that we can living in this corner of heaven.
Your friend and neighbor, Brent Hinckley