A Quick Opinion: I have got to get out more often

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A Winters Express opinion column

By Charles R. Wallace
Publisher Emeritus

One advantage to being married to a great cook is that you get better meals at home than at any restaurant. In other words, we don’t eat out very often, but we are working on changing that habit to both give Sherri a break and support our merchants. I won’t get into my cooking skills.

I’m not sure who came up with the idea of hosting a Fourth Friday on Main Street, but it was a good idea. The event has grown over the years, but I’ll admit that I am not a regular attendee. I suggested that we go downtown last Friday and it turned out to be a great evening. Main Street was packed with people, food booths and drinks aplenty.

We settled down at a table on the street with a few friends and a bottle of wine. I don’t know where Corinne Martinez comes up with her recipes, but her lamb dish was fantastic. It might even be better than Chris Rose’s Jambalaya.

As you watch the crowd go by, you notice all of the young families out and about. It might have been Halloween week and all of the candy on the merchants’ counters, but I think it is becoming a place for families to enjoy an evening out. Did I mention that the place was packed?

We have new neighbors, an Air Force couple, that is falling in love with Winters. They had been checking out their future home, attending events, and getting to know Winters, so it didn’t work when I told them that Winters is like this every Friday night. They just laughed and said that they have been attending Fourth Fridays all summer. Welcome to Winters.

I’m not a social media person, but I did notice that someone was complaining about the picnic tables on Main Street. She commented that they were empty when she had to walk from Steady Eddy’s to the hardware store. She needs to walk downtown during the evening and see how our downtown lights up. Woody Fridae’s line about having a parking problem is still true today. “Thirty years ago we had a parking problem, no one was parking downtown.”

A nice town isn’t just a bunch of houses; it is a vibrant downtown and involved citizens that make people proud of where they live. People come and go, but some always consider Winters their hometown, even if they never move back.

From athletic events, fundraisers, dinners and parades, I’m always proud to say I’m from Winters. I hope you do, too.

Have a good week.

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