Greetings Creekers and welcome to 2023!
I am pleased to hear that a lot of you had fun dancing the New Year in at the RCCA Gala and at the Legion. I had a lovely quiet dinner with friends but could not help feeling a little wistful for those days when I still had that energy. New Year’s Day found us and a lot of other people at the mouth of the Creek taking part in what has turned into Roberts Creek tradition. Negotiating slimy rocks in the dusk, we sent little candlelit boats out into the tide, hoping to send our wishes out to sea. Some made it, while all I got for this year’s attempt were gumboots full of water. What started out more than 40 years ago as a small gathering of friends celebrating a first birthday in the Thai tradition has taken on a life of its own as people show up with all manner of candle boats. Wooden ones, straw ones, little tiny leaf boats with a single candle and towering infernos. It is a wonderful way to start the New Year and you can see photos on the Roberts Creek Facebook Page.
Of course, the other way to start the New Year is with resolutions. This is a challenge for me, there are just so many possibilities. How does one choose and then stick with it? However, having recently marked a milestone birthday, I have been feeling panicky at the fast passage of time and so I have resolved to slow down. This might help me attain some personal goals (making art instead of just thinking about it, for example) but also give time for more contemplation of our world situation while hopefully avoiding the pitfall of being overwhelmed into inaction. Like most people, I am aware and concerned, but also like many I do not feel informed enough to engage in debate. I simply can’t keep up and I think people in power count on that to stop us from protesting. So, I resolve not to be intimidated and to speak and write letters from my heart about issues without feeling the need to be an expert. I hope this strikes a chord with others and that you will please join me.
Just before I move on to events, I would like to make a request. As someone who participates in tidying up the gazebo and library area, I am getting frustrated by the left boxes of clothing. It just gets wet, looks junky and no one is taking it. So please, don’t do it.
Moving on to Yoga! As a person who needs to move all the time, I do not have a friendly relationship with this practice. However, I just saw a poster for Soulful Sundays, a monthly live DJ Yoga Dance Session and this might be the gateway for me. The first session will be on Jan. 22 at the hall and yoga being very popular with most people, it is likely to fill up quickly. Reserve a spot or get more info from Julie Plotkin email@example.com. Also on this subject, Yoga by the Sea is having an open house this week with free afternoon Yoga classes through Jan. 8. Check it out, upstairs in the Heart of the Creek.
It’s the Ukulele Jam and sing along with The Beachcombers at the Legion on Tuesday Jan. 10 and Thursday evening is a curated Jazz Jam. There may be some weekend live music to look out for.
The Gumboot Cafe will feature Elin Jonsson’s drawings this month. They feature a different local artist every month so you can enjoy art with your coffee.
That’s it for now. Please contact me with your events: firstname.lastname@example.org.