1. a group of people living in the same place or having a particular characteristic in common.
2. a feeling of fellowship with others, as a result of sharing common attitudes, interests, and goals.
3. ECOLOGY – a group of interdependent organisms of different species growing or living together in a specified habitat.
A picture speaks a thousand words. And I think its safe to say these pictures don’t need any words at all. But for those of you reading this who don’t know what this dinner is all about, let me put it in perspective. Once a year, the last Monday of September, just about the entire community gathers together to break bread as one big family. We assemble to celebrate the end of a busy summer and joyfully welcome the fast approaching fall season.
This isn’t something I ever expected to be a part after growing up in Columbus, Ohio. People often ask me if I would ever move back and without hesitation, my answer is “never.” I would never move back to the busy city life; lost in the hustle and bustle of traffic and stressful work environments. It is here in this quaint mountain town that I have found my meaning in life. Instead of shopping and going to the movies every weekend, I spend my days hiking in the mountains, fishing the Arkansas River, ATVing through the Aspen groves, and cross country skiing (sometimes in short sleeves!) with my loved ones and two dogs. I love creating memories instead of buying materialistic things which come and go as the seasons changes. Memories last forever. I love this mountain town, and every person in in, no matter our differences.
I have yet to hear of another town or city that does something like this. Shuts down all of Main Street to dine together as one. It’s in this small town, that when tragedy or turmoil happens, whether they know you or not, the whole community is reaching out to stand by your side offering prayers, monetary assistance, food, guidance, anything you might need to help you get through the hard times. It is here that in times of happiness, they are sending congratulations and well wishes. No matter their differences.
It is for these reasons and many more that I love this town and plan to forever call it my home. Plus, you just can’t beat the views!
Posted By: Stephanie
Photo credits: Stephanie & Cindy