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Fending off winter blues

February 23, 2009 - Diane Speer
Anyone who knows me well knows I'm not a big winter fan. So when it started blowing and snowing with abandon Saturday, I was none too happy about it. But rather than stay bundled up in my house and grumpy about the seemingly eternal winter here in Alpena, my husband and I decided to get out of the house and do what we could to fend off those seasonal blues.

It's surprising - even in the midst of a snowstorm - what you can find do to in Alpena on a Saturday. First, we headed over to the grand opening celebraton of Alpena Village's Willow Condominums. The facility is gorgeous! It seemed like half the town had the same idea as us because every 10 steps or so, Bill and I ran into someone that we knew. We didn't even mind that people kept kidding about whether we were there to pick out our retirement home. The place is a great concept, and we hope it does really well.

Next, we stopped by the Thunder Bay Arts Council Gallery because I'd been wanting to get there and see the work of the gallery's latest exhibiting artist, R.S. Jaworowski. Not only did we get to see his whimsical wood carvings - many done with a chain saw - but we also got to spend about a half hour just shooting the breeze with Jaworowski. He's definitely an interesting person who made for some good conversation.

Finally, we headed to the Great Lakes Maritime Heritage Center which was offering a documentary called "Longitude" that explored how an ingenious country carpenter discovered the secret of navitation. The place was crawling with people, due in part to a hockey tournament that was on break and enjoying lunch in the center's meeting room before seeing "Tragedies in the Mist." The documentary that Bill and I saw wasn't heavily attended, but it certainly was steeped in history and provided plenty of good food for thought.

Those are just the things that we decided to do to make a winter day a bit more pleasurable. We could have also attended a Chocolate Extravaganza at Trinity Episcopal Church or a Polar Bear Plunge at Burton's Last Resort or...... At the end of our afternoon, our spirits were lightened and we were reminded yet again why we like living where we do even if winter likes to stick around much longer than hoped.


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