This past Saturday in West Allis, Wisconsin where I live there were two great events I was fortunate enough to be a part of. One was a public event held at a local brewery, and the other was a private event. Both Highlighted some amazing aspects of our city.
The evening began with a celebration of the 244th year of the Marines at Westallion Brewing Company, a local brewery right here in West Allis. Call it a birthday bash for the Marines. This included live music, a special beer release with a local Marine sniper named John Matter, a color guard, and a ceremonial cake cutting (Margie worked very hard to create a cake to honor this occasion) and so many more great events. It was great to see so many veterans gather and be able to exchange stories. In times like these, it is great to see a business take time to create an event to honor those who have done so much to serve this country. Westallion Brewing Company does a lot for the local community and to foster the spirit of community.
That brings us to the second event. For the last four years our good friend Carolyn has hosted a Friendsgiving. The event is just what the name suggests, a gathering of friends who are grateful to have each other in their lives. Everyone gathers together and brings a dish to share with the others. There was laughter and a celebration of friendships new and old. The food was all delicious and the memories were even better. Whether they had family to celebrate with or not, this event had everyone feeling grateful to be at such a gathering.
This city is grateful to have amazing people like Kimberly and Erik, the owners of Westallion Brewing Company, who do so much for this great city. We are lucky to have people like Carolyn who value and want to celebrate their friendships. I feel lucky to have my Margie, who worked so hard to get that cake done on what was a crazy busy weekend for her.
This city, and every city, including yours, has many great people. These people do much to make the city more than just a place to work and live. I would love to hear about who you think makes your city great and why.
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3 thoughts on “2 GREAT EVENTS, 1 GREAT CITY”
I believe that what makes my city great is what I choose to focus on.
If I focus on how chaotic Rome is, how unruly drivers are or on how public transportation is inadequate I can hardly see any greatness. I have chosen to focus on the great weather we have, the amazing food, the unique history…you name it.
What we focus on creates our reality and this also applies to the city we live in.
I recently read a blog post from a Canadian lady who was all about how depressing it is to live in Saskatchewan. I encouraged her to focus on the privilege she has to live in such a quite and traffic free part of the world.
Yep, old school positive thinking affects how I view my city and I am sure that I would feel like being in heaven wherever I decided to move
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This could be a post all on its own! Rome sounds like a great city the way you describe it! Perhaps one day I will have to have a book signing there!
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