As I transitioned from college student to community member and mother, my interest and perception of the Oneonta area matured as well.
I went from handing out trick-or-treat candy in the State University College at Oneonta dorms to chauffeuring my daughter from dorm to dorm to collect hers.
The November and December months of my college years were filled with finals and saying goodbye to friends who would not be returning for the following semester.
I looked forward to a nice, long month of doing nothing during my winter break.
The festivities of the holiday season weren't on my radar. Bringing home holiday cheer and celebrating with neighbors?
Eh, I'd pass.
Now, I find myself seeking out cultural events and activities that will make a lasting impact on my daughter and her perception of the holidays.
I hope these outings will instill a sense of tradition in her, and I hope to someday (a very, very faraway someday) watch her relive these traditions with my grandchildren.
We are lucky to live in an area rich with community spirit and the arts.
There are wonderful festivals, craft fairs and celebrations all around us, and I am saddened to have not experienced them during my four-year "visit" to the area.
But I'm making up for lost time, and I hope you'll join me:
The best gifts I've given and received are locally made arts and crafts. Two great shows are going on right now. The Cooperstown Art Association Holiday Member Show runs through Wednesday, Dec. 23, and The Roxbury Arts Group Out of Hand fine crafts show will be open until Saturday, Dec. 19. Whether you buy something or not, being surrounded by the creativity and talent that flourishes in this region brings a welcomed sense of calm during these not-so-calm weeks.