Weekly Smile Week 13 – #weeklysmile

Weekly Smile #WeeklySmile

Weekly Smile #WeeklySmile

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.

If you haven’t seen it, here is a little background to The Weekly Smile as well as some quick guidelines.

So, what made you smile this week? Write about it and post on the link-up (or click the little blue frog below). While you’re there, read what everyone else is smiling about! And come back to it later, if last week is any indication new smiles will be added daily!

24 thoughts on “Weekly Smile Week 13 – #weeklysmile

  1. Nancy

    How great that the community center idea stayed alive. I hope it continues to grow. In our town they have what is called “Fourth Friday” where in the warmer months, the business downtown have like a sidewalk event and there are street performers and antique cars and carriage rides. Its a great way to reconnect with the people in town.

    I’m sorry I missed out on the “Weekly Smile” this week. I seem to have lost Wednesday, all together! I will have to come up with something extra good for next time.

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    1. trentpmcd Post author

      A couple of the people that are part of the community center have brought in other ideas, like a community garden and a weekly farmers’ market. I’ve seen other towns with the types of things you mentioned, having a special day once a month or so for people to gather.
      You can still participate in the weekly smile – it goes from Wednesday to Wednesday, so any day is fine… ;)
      Anyway, I hope you do have a great week and a lot to smile about.

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    1. trentpmcd Post author

      Community is important, yet it seems to be missing more and more these days. A lot of small towns around here are trying the same thing and it does help bring people together.

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  6. Corina

    I think a lot of us would want to participate in community activities if they were available. We’ve become so isolated that I think many are ready to mix and mingle outside the home. I hope your community is able to find a home one day soon so roots and routines can be established.

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    1. trentpmcd Post author

      It is the curse of the electronic age. And with a small town there is absolutely nothing for teens or seniors to do. So it would be nice if the can find a home so there are daily activities.

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  9. joannesisco

    A good idea will find its way even if it has to adapt to the obstacles it finds. This is a good example of that and I can see why you are smiling about it.
    We need to create more opportunities like this to develop a sense of community, especially in this insular environment most of us live now.

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    1. trentpmcd Post author

      I think there are a lot of people who are discovering that now more than ever we need a place for the community, for everyone. One positive recently on that front – the building our community center wanted has recently been sold to someone who wants to create some community based space in it. Not a community center, but something that has the potential of becoming part of the center of the community.

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  10. joseph elon lillie

    This is awesome Trent. Our own town, Winchendon, is currently considering a community center called The Ingleside Project. Like you were I am a member of the committee spear-heading this and the sentiments you shared about silos are exactly the things we have been talking about here in our town. It looks like our project is going to a vote in May.

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