Milestones and memories
It’s been a busy two weeks, folks. I’ve been traveling, working and celebrating milestones left and right.
I took my first legitimate vacation from work over Memorial Day weekend. I traveled to North Carolina to celebrate my cousin’s marriage. I had the privilege of seeing lots of family and loved ones, many of whom I hadn’t seen in months.
As a One Tree Hill buff, I spent one day driving around Wilmington, NC, where the television series was filmed, with my sisters. We found sites where the series was shot, took selfies at our favorite outdoor sites, and checked out some of the local military history museums.
I feel that the Memorial Day Weekend vacation was fitting because I spent the majority of my trip on base at Fort Bragg. I got to see first hand another side of life that most civilians don’t get to see and don’t fully understand.
As Memorial Day is a time to honor those who gave their all – the ultimate sacrifice – I’m glad I had the opportunity to catch a glimpse of what it means to truly give your all for the greater good.
With a number of family and loved ones who have served and are currently serving, I feel it is important to recognize the true cost of freedom. Even moreso, to respect the people who paid it in full.
Although coming back from vacation was tough, I came back to fun and exciting things happening here in Webster City.
I helped celebrate the Daily Freeman-Journal’s 160th year in business. This included celebrating the 100 year anniversaries of McMurray Hatchery, Hamilton County Farm Bureau, the Webster City Area Chamber of Commerce, Hamilton County Fair and ISU Extension and Outreach of Hamilton County.
I spent last Friday night at the Hamilton County Fairgrounds grooving to “Standing Hampton”. Even though they played mostly 80’s hits, I was able to sing and dance along. For those of you who know me well, I’m not a quiet person, so I’m sure my singing and dancing at the entrance while checking ID’s brought some amusement to patrons coming in for the show.
This coming week, there is even more to celebrate.
Webster City residents have been collaborating with Square, Inc. to tell the story of determination and optimism after the closing of Electrolux in 2011. The short documentary film will be premiered live at 6 p.m. on June 15 at the Webster City Movie Theater.
Come out and celebrate! There will be food, music and free showings of the documentary.
A block party will be held from 5 to 9 p.m. in the 600 block of 2nd Street featuring face painters, a bounce house, and food provided by the Lions Club.
Music in the Park will begin at 7 p.m. and go until 10 p.m. The event will be held at Availa Bank Plaza. The band “Bad Tactics” will be on scene to entertain the crowd. The monthly summer event is being sponsored by the Webster City Area Chamber of Commerce and co-sponsored by Square Inc.
This week, I encourage residents to check out this documentary and see how Webster City has come together.