We are now well into the Christmas shopping season. For those who participated in the “Black Friday” frenzy, I hope that you have recovered mentally and your bruises are subsiding. Christmas is less than a month away, so I have a few words of advice. To you shoppers, please have patience with the customer service people. They eventually reach the peak of their level of stress. To you customer service people, please have patience with the shoppers. They didn’t think you opened until after Thanksgiving, and they want service NOW. They didn’t realize that they could do some shopping in July. To everyone, have patience with each other. December 26 will be here before you know it.
The Merchant Group Three Rivers is sponsoring “Holiday Festival of Trees”. It’s a tree decorating contest, which is part of the “Five Golden Weekends” of the holiday season. There are currently trees on display, but undercover, in downtown Three Rivers. We are all welcome to take a peek at the trees until Saturday, December 3. At that time the trees will be unveiled, and public voting will commence. For more information on the holiday event, please contact Caryn Wilson at (269)279-9260, or visit their website: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Here are four lessons on life that you might want to remember after the start of the new year:
1. Never take down a fence until you know why it was put up.
2. If you get too far ahead of the army, your soldiers may mistake you for the enemy.
3. Don’t complain about the bottom rungs of the ladder; they helped to get you higher.
4. If you want to enjoy the rainbow, be prepared to endure the storm.
Prudential Preferred Realtors, located at 219 US-131, is one of the local collection sites for this year’s “Toys for Tots”. You may take unwrapped toys there, and they will find their way to children in need of a Merry Christmas. It might be easier to find if you remember where the old Kirlin’s Hallmark store was located. Prudential Preferred will accept donations through Tuesday, December 13.
I recently mentioned some of the many exhibits on display at the Carnegie Center for the Arts in historic downtown Three Rivers. Another one of the exhibits was created by the River Country Quilters. Even if you’re not a quilt fan, I’m sure you will find the exhibit quite interesting. They formed their first quilt in 2000, and since then they have met on the second and fourth Tuesday of each month, using this time to share tips, discuss projects, and learn new techniques. They also make sure to take the time to encourage beginning and experienced quilters. Once you have seen the exhibit, you’ll agree that the quilts are fabric works of art.
The Carnegie Center for the Arts is located at 107 North Main Street, across the street from the post office, in Three Rivers. Gallery hours are Tuesday through Friday from 10A.M. – 5 P.M. Saturday hours are 10 A.M. to 2 P.M. More information may be obtained by calling the Carnegie at (269)273-8882. You can also visit their website: www.trcarnegie.com.
The Animal Rescue Fund (ARF) is always in need of pet food supplies. The TSC store, located north of River Country Plaza on US-131, is once again working with ARF to ensure that every pet has a chance of survival. The next time you visit the TSC store, stop by the ARF booth, fill out a 3×5 card, and give it to a cashier, who will see that it is entered in an upcoming drawing. First prize is $50, second prize is $25, and third prize is a pet photo with Santa. Proceeds from this and other ARF projects help people with pet food for their dogs and cats. This project runs from December 1 through December 24.
I’m hoping that everyone enjoyed the Thanksgiving holiday. Gathering with family and friends is a good thing. Hopefully, it will encourage everyone to get together more often. My hat’s off to those who ventured out on “Black Friday”. I hope it was worth the experience of dealing with all of the friendly, patient, and loving shoppers who fought for a place closest to the checkout line. May the spirit of Christmas be with you all.
See you Out and About!
Submitted by Norm Stutesman