Harrison Happenings: Life really does go on

Time to move into the future of recreation in Harrison

I think you will agree that the time has come for me to leave the past, surface to the present and let you know what is happening NOW.

I am pleased to say that life goes on, even so the HHS Recreation Commission I wrote about during the last few weeks, does not exist in this form for the past three years, since it had become incorporated with the Parks and Recreation Committee.

This Committee, however, was dissolved as of Dec. 12, 2011 and we have to see how things will be set-up in the future. I am happy to say that the hikers are still hiking, the choir is singing and cards and games are being played every Thursday morning at the HHS Social Club.

There are some changes, however. All hiking teams, for instance, hike now according to their own rules and none of them operates under the Council anymore. The Multicultural Choir, too, has become a society in its own right and, while the individual choir members will hardly notice the difference, it does mean we are our own master of our well-being. While it is not surprising that these changes have come, it is surprising how long the former Recreation Commission did last – over twenty years – without fail.

But back to the Social Club. I got a call from Jacquie Neville, one of the organizers, and she told me that they now also have a chess board and are looking for players. If you are interested, do drop in on a Thursday morning, 10 a.m. at the HHS Memorial Hall. Jacquie also wants me to let you know that they have cancelled their “Walk and Talk” program as well as “Line Dancing” due to lack of participation. Card games, however, are as popular as ever.

Traditionally, this part of the year is a rather quiet time, a time for planning. I am sure, for instance, that discussions are happening among the hikers right now as to where to hike and what to explore this summer. And the Choir, besides practicing for their Spring Concert on June 3, is making plans for their 15th Anniverday celebrations on Dec. 15, 2012.  One of our anniversary projects is a cook book called “Multicultural Cuisine”.  This will be a very delicious activity we all can indulge in since we intend to share some of the receipes with you, the readers.  Watch out for the first one on February 24!

February 5 was the opening day for the first art exhibit of this year at the Ranger Station Art Gallery. Put on by the “Monday Painters”, a long established group of artists, it will be on display throughout this month.  We all should pay a visit as a tribute to our very talented local artists.

I would like to conclude this update with a thank-you to The Observer.  When we unexpectantly had a lot of snow in January, I was rather house-bound for a few days.

I did not mind, I love it when the snow falls quietly, putting the world at ease, but not so much when it interferes with my daily life. So, on Friday of the snowstorm week, I was not happy because I thought I would have to miss The Observer. Just to check, however, I ventured downstairs, opened the door and there it was, glistening in the snow for everybody to see!  How is this for small pleasures?

Thanks again!

 

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Read Ruth Altendorf’s column from last week

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