Almost Back

Things are starting to feel normal again, or at least, not so strange. For the first time in two- years, this month there were actual events to physically attend, and it felt wonderful! 

The first event in December was a holiday kick off with the Christmas tree lighting at Station Square, fireworks, and a celebration of our vibrant downtown! It felt like a scene out of a Hallmark Christmas movie to be drinking hot cocoa and enjoying the sweet sounds of the Audielles singing carols. 

Next on my calendar was the Booked! event, hosted by the Fernie Writers Series at the Fernie Heritage Library. Fernie is extremely fortunate to have received some of Canada’s brightest authors through this series over the years, and a night with Steven Heighten being interviewed by Angie Abdou was a real delight. 

I headed a few days later to the AGM for Cycling Without Age, a program designed to build intergenerational relationships by partnering riders and passengers on a trishaw. This program is in 52 countries, and our local Fernie chapter was a smashing success this summer, connecting members of our community who might not meet each other, but now over a bike ride shared conversation. 

I finished my busy week off celebrating the Fernie Fix turning fifteen! The Fix is a true celebration of what makes Fernie shine, showing us parts of our community we might not otherwise see, and amplifying extraordinary people. 

It is a staple, it is consistent, it shows Fernie off so well, and is an absolute treasure. Krista Turcasso and Vanessa Croome have a wonderful partnership, and it shines through every page. 

My last event was a fun Christmas themed facility tour, where we tried to dress up our foyers and buildings to spread cheer and hopefully make you all smile. The Aquatic Centre, City Hall, Operations and the Arena crews rolled up their creative sleeves and really outdid themselves with their designs! 

As we tip toe towards whatever we are calling our next phase in this strange pandemic world, I am starting to feel warm with optimism. I am not taking any of it for granted, and compared to where we were last Christmas, I’ll take it.