I heard from some Tokites that the Burchell Dancers coming to town each year qualifies as a Big Event in the community. Next to sports, that is.
The dance show was held in the indoor basketball court. We got there early enough to be first in line for the ham dinner with mac and cheese and green beans. We also met the gal who runs Big Brothers, Big Sisters and will be picking up applications and consider becoming “Bigs.” This is something my husband and I have discussed in the past (as well as fostering).
Well, we had a BLAST at the dance. Our 2-and-a-half-year-old really digs music and dancing (as do we), and we got up to dance when the emcee called for volunteers. Before the show began and afterward, our toddler ran laps around the basketball court so clearly she needs some wide open spaces conducive to running (you know, like not -50 degrees).
My husband also asked about other activities scheduled in the basketball court in the evenings and found out the answer was nothing, zilch, nada (other than basketball games during basketball season). So now he is fired up to start teaching Tae Kwon Do in the community. He used to teach Tae Kwon Do to children in a small, rural community in Montana that was even smaller than Tok.
I’ve heard from several women here that afterschool and evening activities are much needed in these parts. I don’t want us to overcommit, but I feel like feeling we can contribute meaningfully to the community.