The summer of wellness

It takes an entire community to put on a Festival, and Ashcroft showed how it was done last week.

What a wonderful weekend we just had in Ashcroft. When they started working on the Wellness Festival, I don’t think the organizers envisioned so many groups, businesses and individuals coming together to contribute whatever they could to make it a success.

It’s the sort of thing you wish would happen, but rarely does. It isn’t planned. It happens because everyone feels ownership. It was great to see all of the water hookups at the downtown businesses, with sprinklers or misters attached. And kudos to Irly for keeping those big, beautiful Hat Creek Ranch stagecoach horses hosed down and comfortable.

They promised something for everyone, and I’m pretty sure they delivered. I couldn’t keep up with all of the activity! The Kids’ Triathlon was absolutely brilliant, and a huge thank you to Wayne and Vicky for planning it, finding the sponsors and finding the volunteers!

Everybody pitched in, even if it was just a little. That’s community. And that’s wellness.

And that’s a great note to begin summer holidays!

Yes, I will be enjoying the next few weeks in my mostly newly renovated house. Or, in other words, I’ll be using my vacation to finish off the renos.

Last year Tool Man and I went on an extended vacation and we had a great time. But trips like that don’t happen too often because they’re hard on the wallet. And now that we’ve practically re-mortgaged the house, we’ll be vacationing this year in the backyard.

But even our backyard gets boring at some point, so you’ll be seeing me around over the next little while. And hopefully looking a lot more relaxed than I have since last summer.

In the meantime, Barbara Roden will be sitting at my computer again this year, as she did last year. She doesn’t just write historical sagas – she walks and talks and chews gum and is a very competent journalist. Give her a call if you have news or something you think is exciting.

See you in four weeks!

Wendy Coomber is editor of The Ashcroft-Cache Creek Journal