Third Times a Charm

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

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Do Good.

Boy Meets World was an important part of my life, and I’m sure most millennials would agree. It was that show that always made me laugh, yet also taught me a lesson in one way, shape, or form. If you haven’t seen the show, you are missing out. It was such a staple, that Disney Channel made a spinoff called Girl Meets World for the younger generation to try and enjoy a little piece of what we had.

He may not have been your favorite character, but we can’t argue enough how important Mr. Feeny was to the show. He was always there to catch Corey and Shawn in their moments of trouble. He was a stern teacher, just wanting his kids to learn something instead of letting their brains go to mush. He was the one who always made sure a lesson was learned, no matter what.

There is an iconic scene in the final episode of the series, where Mr. Feeny makes a quote that has stuck by me since I was a young girl. He said “Believe in yourselves. Dream. Try. Do good.” In the episode, Topanga tries to call him out for incorrect grammar, but Mr. Feeny responds with “No, I mean do good.”

We are all called to do good in this world. We are called to make a difference in our own lives and we are called to make a difference in the lives of others.

In the Leadership and Visioning Team for the Ambler Union, before it even had a name, we knew we wanted to create an environment where we could bring young adults together to learn how to do good in our everyday lives. We live in a world of hurt, fear, and shame, that is causing us to lose connection and relationship with one another. In this age of technology we can have friends without ever actually having to see anyone in person. It is our goal and our hope to combat this isolation and loneliness among young adults, to create a space where we can come together, face to face and be reminded of our importance in the world.

In the words of Mr. Feeny, our favorite school teacher, we are reminded and called to believe in ourselves, our abilities, our knowledge, our strengths; to dream about the possibilities; to try hard and keep trying even when we fail; and to always do good, for the benefit of ourselves and others.

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- Courtney Smith

Ambler Union Curator

Courtney Smith