November is here — where did October go?
By Margaret Melloy Guziak -
Was that an audible sigh I heard when we all turned the calendar page from October to November? Lots of things are happening this month, starting with moving back our clocks, since Daylight Savings Time ends on Saturday, Nov. 4 and we “fall behind.”
Election Day follows on Tuesday, Nov. 6. Ladies, did you know that Susan B. Anthony was arrested in 1872 when she tried to vote in the federal election for Ulysses S. Grant? Women were considered second-class citizens and were not allowed to vote in federal elections until the 19th Amendment was passed by both houses of Congress in 1919, and ratified by President Woodrow Wilson, on Aug. 26, 1920. Guess they didn’t think we were smart enough to handle a ballot. So ladies, be sure and vote your conscience. Don’t let the struggles of those women who went before us be in vain.
And after Election Day, we won’t have to watch all those TV political ads, and repeatedly answer the phone from all those strangers making the robotic calls interrupting our day and/or left on our answering machines. Hallelujah! Free at last!
Veterans Day is another important day, originally called Armistice Day, on November 11, when WWI ended and the peace treaty was signed between the Allies and Germany at the 11th hour, of the 11th day, of the 11th month in France. After WWII, the name was changed to Veterans Day to honor all who fought and died for our country in all wars. (We will have more on this patriotic holiday in next week’s issue).
In honor of Veterans Day, the Colorado National Monument is free for the entire weekend, Nov. 10 -12. Remember all the veterans who served our country for us in every war, in peacetime, and those who continue to do so. If you or your family has not been up there in awhile, you don’t have any excuse to not drive up there and take advantage of no entrance fee. This is the perfect time for you to visit. You will realize what you have been missing, and maybe probably resolve to do it more often.
I don’t have to remind anyone to take your camera. It is impossible to take a bad picture anywhere in Colorado. Artists may want to take their sketch book along. Like the Grand Canyon, the light and shadows vary on the cliffs depending on the time of day and the weather and season, so you will want to take many pictures over the years to share with others who do not live here. And what a background for a family picture that will make. Think about it.
Christmas is coming
I know. I know. Thanksgiving is still three weeks away and we are already mentioning Christmas, but we have to mention it because this weekend is the kickoff for the leading Christmas bazaars and fairs.
When you hear people complain that Christmas is “too commercial,” sometimes you may want to agree. But consider this: One way to keep the spirit of Christmas alive is to patronize the various Christmas charity fairs that are put together every year by good people and talented craftsmen. Their profits from you spending for presents for your home, friends, and family all go to a good cause. They need customers to make all the hard work they expend putting the events together every year to result in a success. Here are two of the biggest events and they are two of my favorites:
2012 Holy Family Christmas Fair
One day only, Saturday, Nov. 3, 8 1.m. to 3 p.m. Held at the Holy Family school located at 786 26-1/2 Rd. (almost at the end of 7th St.) No admission. There is always lots of parking in the church and school parking lots, but you may have to scout for a space, as the lots fill up quickly. This is a juried show with 90 sellers selected by the parents committee for the event. Nothing is commercially made. Tip: don’t miss the scrumptious luncheon served in the cafeteria at large round tables by volunteer parents, aided by some older students. Delicious soups, quiche and desserts to die for. And the variety of cookies you can purchase and store in tight tins. This sure beats having to bake your own. It is a big social event that kicks off the holidays ahead, providing you with an abundance of gifts to select, while raising money for the school
2012 United Methodist Church
Downtown at 5th and White streets. No admission. Nov. 9, Friday, and Nov. 10, Saturday. Limited parking in small lot, and the library lot across Grand Ave. is all torn up, so you may want to carpool. Don’t let the parking discourage you. You can use the downtown parking garage at 4th and Rood streets. Tip: their jams and jellies and special breads are all homemade and sold in decorated jars or holiday wrappings. Their crafts are outstanding. And their Friday luncheon, served buffet style by church members where you can select your sandwich, homemade soup and dessert for your tray, taking it to crowded, long tables, is fun to do. Again, this is a big social event and you will surely see someone you know.
There will be many more social and charity events, dinners and parties scheduled between now and Christmas. As we become aware of them, we will list them in our column. Be sure to check “The Fruita Times” weekly calendar when your paper arrives in your mailbox at home on Thursdays.
Of course, you can’t go to all of them, but you will pick up on the true Christmas spirit when you see the generosity and good will that all ages will show to each other, whether it is someone you know or complete strangers. The warm feeling glow is contagious.
There will be mitten drives, canned goods food drives, and warm clothing drives asking for your donations. Keep the spirit of Christmas alive and well for another year. There is a saying, “Don’t give until it hurts; give until it feels good.” Helping others will make you feel good when you give with your heart and the true spirit of the holidays.