Sometimes the best Journeys are the ones leading you home………….
Back in the second week of November someone came up with an idea for a Holiday Homecoming Celebration to run concurrent with Small Business Saturday, the 25th of November. A very small group of volunteers including Sparky and myself, met to brainstorm, plan and work furiously to pull this event together in a matter of two and a half weeks. The result was what we all experienced this past Saturday. Luminaries in the majority of businesses up and down Clark St., which is our main street here in Republic. Store front windows beautifully lighted and decorated. Bags of candy donated by a very kindhearted woman and packaged by several friends, were passed out to all the children. Crafts for kids at the lovely Northern Inn. A beautiful Christmas Tree in the center of town with colorful lights. The tree also was graciously donated. A huge solid metal tree stand was constructed by a volunteer. Carolers lead by our Republic school music teacher sang around the tree at Eich’s Merchantile. A mystery guitarist arrived to provide accompaniment to the carolers. Swedish Fire Logs were a blaze on the street corners. Sparky made the logs from donated wood. A wonderful display of Candy Canes, Evergreens and Reindeer pulling the old Mining Car was created in front of the college parking lot. Tony and Amber from Wild West Feed Store brought in some of their farm animals for the kids to see as if these two young folks were not already busy enough! And most exciting of all was Santa himself along with Mrs. Claus riding into town in a Fire Truck escorted by 2 Police cars with lights and sirens signaling their arrival! The fire truck was my not so original idea based on experience back in New York State. Mr. and Mrs. Santa Claus patiently and with much care, listened to an amazing number of children whispering their wishes for Christmas. From the looks on both the children’s faces and their parents, plus the numerous photos taken we have to think this event was well appreciated and it will continue to grow and be repeated next year!
We may have been a small group of volunteers, in a very small town, but we had the backing and support of a large number of individuals and businesses. Every single one we approached said “yes!” What an out pouring of community unity!
Won’t you come along with me as I introduce you to my adopted Hometown and some of the wonderful people who are dedicated to making Republic, Washington the best this little town can be!
And this, dear friends is how we do things up here in the mountains of Northeast Washington State. We don’t have the flash and dash of the city where everything is “prettified.” What we have is real. Real folks, real caring, real hard workers and a real heart. Yep, this is how we do things in the back of the beyond. Some day, I hope you will pay us a visit. Escape the big city lights for some quiet rural beauty and experience the true meaning of community.
Thanks so much for stopping by today and letting me prattle on.
Wherever your Journey leads you today, I hope you are blessed with the spirit of caring, a community that pulls together to support each other and truly remember the reason for the season.
Oh….and don’t ever stop believing in Santa Claus because he is real! I saw him myself last Saturday in Republic, Washington!
Hugs and much love from me,
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