I've never been a lucky person. My dad is the kind of guy who can always find the closest parking spot at the mall during the Christmas rush, my sister is the one who gets her Eagles jersey signed by Donovan McNabb (2004 you is so jealous right now), but not me. I'm the kind of person who can put three out of the four tickets in a raffle basket and still not win (yes, that's a true story). I guess that's why I wasn't surprised when Opening Night at The Yard got canceled. Twice. I'm just that unlucky. That's why I could not stop checking the weather on the morning of the 11th. I couldn't imagine the disappointment of the event getting rained out again. I guess the third time is the charm because the skies were clear and the Ambler Union was open.
Opening night started at 4 pm and had roughly 25 young adults in attendance. As a member of the Leadership Team, I was thrilled that so many people came out and wanted to be a part of our brainchild. It wasn't long until people were playing cornhole and laughing at my attempts to throw a beanbag. Not only am I unlucky, but I am also not so great at cornhole. As the music played people chatted and drank hot cider and hot chocolate while waiting for pizza. In addition, we had a guest from the Ambler Environmental Advisory Council, Mary Margaret Monser. Mary Margaret informed us about the Ambler EAC's contributions; including placing rain barrels throughout Ambler and working with youth from Upper Dublin High School. As the night got colder and darker, we all gathered around the two fire pits to get to know each other better. The conversations were good and the s'mores were flowing as we chatted under the lights. All in all, it was a great evening.
In looking at The Yard, some people might just see lawn chairs, games, and fire pits. And yes, those things are there. But I see something more. I see inclusivity, community, and new beginnings. The Union is just what the doctor ordered for the revitalization of Ambler. The Union is a place to meet, to greet, and to eat, and that's exactly what happened on Opening Night. Maybe my luck is changing because I count myself lucky to have met so many new people last Sunday. Hey, maybe I'll go out and buy a lottery ticket. What could go wrong?
Missed the first event? No worries! Join us for Friendsgiving on December 2nd!
- Vanessa Fry
Leadership Team Member