What Happened After We Got Here

By Diane Kish

My story is a slightly different topic.  It’s about what happened after settling in to Ashland.  We weren’t quite sure we were going to stay, we were testing the waters for a year so we chose a house to rent.   That was in 2008.  I joined the newcomers group within weeks of unpacking.   Immediately I made friends and was invited to my first potluck dinner.   I met someone there with the same name tag name as me and we became instant friends.  I knew then that we found our new home.  When the lease was up in 2009 we bought a house.  After a year or so of potlucking with a core group that all seemed to move here within 1-2 years of each other, someone suggested that we spin off from the then true ‘newcomers’ and start our own potluck group with that core of about 24 people.

That was about 7 years ago.  There have been a few drop out and a few added but we are still a strong group.  We have our potlucks on the 4th Sunday of every month so we are consistent and can plan ahead.  We keep a calendar of who’s hosting when, based on the host(s) choosing a month that works for them.   The host(s) decides the theme and time and emails everyone the details.  We’ve had pool parties, Happy Hour, a French theme, a Tea, brunch, lunch, dinner, tail gate theme, etc.  Everyone brings food to share and there own drink.  The food is always amazing and abundant!  Not everyone is available all the time due to traveling and other commitments.

But we always know where home is, in this little group of ours.  Potlucks may not be unique, but ours is special!

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