It has been almost three years since I moved from the outskirts of Wolfville, NS to the outskirts of Windsor, NS (I have a thing for outskirts). I was apprehensive about this move, I’m not gonna lie.
Wolfville, to me, represented a vibrant artistic community, teeming with diversity and hippie entrepreneurial spirit. Windsor, as I saw it from the outside, was a town that time forgot, a dull post-industrial place coasting on its history, with “old money” rotting away in banks or being spent elsewhere, while its young people struggled to make ends meet.
First impressions can be deceiving, and there are always diamonds to be found in the rough. One great thing about being a musician is that those “diamonds” tend to gravitate towards you. I’ve met so many great people in Windsor working tirelessly to make the town a better place. We have a fabulous core of entrepreneurs and volunteers who contribute community organizations. There are artists and musicians sharing their work. There are people working to preserve the area’s rich history. There’s a farmers’ market and some cool independent merchants.
But even though my pre-judging of Windsor was harsh, that is not to say that this “little town of big firsts” doesn’t need some life blown into it. Having moved from a place where there was always lots happening and all I had to do was participate, I’m now finding myself called to be a leader in some capacity in Windsor’s cultural arena. But I still haven’t quite figured out exactly how…
Yet, your community is what you make it, so I’m looking forward to moving forward in my new home!