Several years ago I was one of the original members of a group of people trying to create a community center in my small town. A lot of things happened. Some new members of the group seemed to have a different vision than the rest of us, the town turned down the building we wanted to use and other such things. I became real busy and dropped out. The idea seemed dead.
After the Town Meeting, the community center committee feel apart for a short time until a few of the original members brought it back. Maybe it never really went away, but I didn’t hear anything for a few months. And then I started to see fliers for new events. The don’t have a permanent home, but use the facilities of different organizations, usually the Congregational Church that’s next door to my house.
Saturday I participated in a Wilton Community Center event for the first time since I dropped out, perhaps 3 years. They had a Hawaiian themed dinner. It was pretty nice. There was a ukulele band and a couple of hula dancers. The dinner was good. On a guess I’d say between 50 and 70 people attended. I know a few people and talked to them and sat with people I didn’t know, so met some new people. There were people of all ages in attendance.
Although it is still small and there is no permanent meeting place, nor have they been able to do most of the things we had originally planned (that would take a “home”), but the Wilton Community Center idea is still alive.
In these days were everyone seems to live in their own silos, many people in small towns no longer know their neighbors. The community center would provide a focal, allowing different people from all walks of life and all age groups to come together as, well, as a community. And last Saturday showed that potential. It was nice to participate. I’ll have to try to go to their next event.
That’s my smile for this week, a sense of real community in a world full of artificial barriers.
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