The Fourth of July is the traditional midpoint of summer, but this year it feels more like the very beginning.

One sign of summer is roadwork. I’ve been curious about where exactly the project on the Upper Valley Road was, and can now report that it begins at the intersection with Westman Road. The road was still blocked off at that point when my husband and I came through on Thursday evening, but is scheduled to be finished July 1.

Work to raise Pumpkin Harbor Road begins July 8, according to the traffic signs. According to Marguerite Ladd, town administrator, the road will be one lane at times and closed at other times, so alternative routes or plenty of extra time will be the best solutions. Here’s hoping the weather cooperates so that work can be completed on schedule.

• Increasing the elevation of the road raises thoughts of the way landscapes change and are changed over time. The latest exhibit at the Bryan Memorial Gallery is an excellent way to see that change through landscape paintings.

“Then and Now” features works by 30 landscape masters who painted in the area in the middle of the 20th century and almost 100 works by contemporary artists who recently painted in the same locations. Contemporary works are grouped with the older works, so that it is easy to see what time has changed. The gallery is now open daily from 11 to 5.

• If you are biking in Pleasant Valley or along the Brewster River Mountain Bike Club trails on a Saturday, you now have one more lunch option. From 11 to 2, Valley Dream Farm offers a sandwich, pickle and chips for a basic fee. Additional items are available at added cost.

That does it for me. Until next week, I’ll see you around town.

— Katherine Quimby Johnson, 644-8233,

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