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Pathways Through Our Past

So ends 2010

It's hard to believe that the year is coming to an end. It gets shorter every year. We have had so much fun at the History and Art Center. As we have in the past, we will be closed the month of January. This gives us time to make many changes in the layout. New items continue to arrive and we want to bring them to the attention of our visitors.

We are always on the lookout for resident's collections. We show them for a month, advertise in the paper and on the radio, etc. It's so much fun to see what people have saved for years and years.

Our year has been lots of fun for our members and we are always hoping more will join our group. There are no dues, just a chance to visit with the public or just work in the background. We can find something for anyone who wants to be part of our lively group. It's fun when someone brings in a very unique item and wants us to identify it.

We have not been stumped very often. So bring in that one-of-a-kind whatcha-ma-call-it. Take up the challenge and see if you can stump our members.

Our programs get better and better. Cookies By The Pound had standing room only as the minute hand moved to that 10 a.m. mark. They went out the door with our happy shoppers as fast as we could refill trays. Where else can you by one sugar cookie, three pieces of fudge, a bag of carmel corn and a tray of divinity? No slaving over the a hot oven and then eating some of that bunch you made fresh in December and are still trying to finish them in March.

Before that, our cookbook collection was something else. Books dating back to the early 1900s using real lard and black strap molasses were on display. The pictures of early movie stars and the Santa collection are just some of the shows we displayed for your entertainment.

Dec. 18 was a day the kids enjoyed. There was storytelling at the library, sleigh rides around town, a free movie and visits with Santa. And last, a party at the Legion. This day seemed to be aimed at the children but we hope in the future that some of our senior citizens can also enjoy the many events. We try to bring back some of the simpler entertainments that were enjoyed years ago.

I'm sure not to many kids got a stocking with an orange and a candy cane. There had to be an IPod, cell phone and all the new electronics and clothing for Christmas. I wish we could bring back some of the older traditions for our children but I guess that is just wishful thinking on my part.

So I will wish everyone a new year full of happiness, good health and enough excitement to keep us young at heart.