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The joys of sharing the past

September 26, 2014
Estherville News

If you were around the area at all last Saturday, you realized what a special day it was.

You had the chance to go to Pioneer Day and discover antique gas engines, blacksmithing, spinning, needlepoint, homemade goodies, wagon rides, music on an antique organ, woodcarving and a pioneer homestead dating to 1864. It was one of the better Pioneer Days for attendance in a while.

Apparently, people are finding the lost art of making your own clothing and self-suffiency a good idea in our day of instant messaging and texting.

The same afternoon, people were treated to a free concert at Gospel on the Square, sponsored by the Excel! Estherville Arts & Culture Committee. Greg McDonald was presented with a plaque, stating, "To honor the memory of Dee McDonald, the Excel! Estherville Arts & Culture Committee through the presentation of this plaque, acknowledges the immeasurable impact Dee had on our community."

Both events were family oriented, and taught a lot of things.

Pioneer Day taught the importance of fending for ourselves, conserving our resources, being resourceful and doing with what we have and being happy with what we have.

Gospel on the Square showed the importance of sharing spiritual and inspirational music in a warm and community-minded atmosphere. Musicians of all ages had the chance to perform and share their wonderful music.

These are the kind of events that bring together and bind a community. Regardless of the challenges and travails we may face, when we can reach back to the past and find peace and solace in the same things that gave peace and solace to our ancestors, we're rejoining them. We're rejoining their spirits and sharing the things that make life worth living.

And we can do it all right here in Emmet County.



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