What is a Sense of Place?
People develop a "sense of place" through experience and knowledge of a particular area. A sense of place emerges through knowledge of the history, geography and geology of an area, its flora and fauna, the legends of a place, and a growing sense of the land and its history after living there for a time.
The feel of the sun on your face or the rain on your back, the rough and smooth textures of the land, the color of the sky at morning and sunset, the fragrance of the plants blooming in season, the songs and antics of birds and the cautious ramblings of mammals are environmental influences that help to define a place. Memories of personal and cultural experiences over time make a place special, favorite objects that shape to your hand or body with use, songs or dances that emerge from the people of a place, special skills you develop to enjoy your area--these too help to define a place and anchor you in it.
Through time, shared experiences and stories (history) help to connect place and people and to transmit feelings of place from generation to generation. Shared physical perceptions and experiences help people from different cultural groups fashion a local culture that expresses their unity in a place. Finally, place becomes unique and special for individuals and their group, and the group solidifies its identity through celebrations and rituals.
Developing a sense of place helps people identify with their region and with each other. A strong sense of place can lead to more sensitive stewardship of our cultural history and natural environment.
Almost every Monday, through the year the WOWers make their way to the Thea Foss Waterway for the sole purpose of sharing time and experiences on or beside the Vérité. Whether we row or sand or paint the crew makes the trek be it through a snarl of cars or over the sound or half way to the mountain. A very strong 'sense of place' has developed around Vérité be she on or out of the water. The charm and magic of being 'one' with with the boat, the water and with the people is available to all who partake and believe in the power of it.
The following are the February into March 2018 photos. Flat Stanley came to visit. That was fun. He was impressed with how much fun and food.
In February Teresa brought a friend. Thankfully he liked to sand.
The day before Valentine's Day Flat Stanley visited:
Right away he noticed some things.
Wow! That's a big boat!
Voski reminded Flat Stanley to wear his dust mask! Safety first!
Wow! Snacks too!
It was such a pleasant sunny day the whole crew walked over to the Thea Foss Waterway
to show him where we row.
The following Monday the work continued...
This is how you cetal your hair.
The white glove test.
An extra Thursday's efforts by those who could make it.
Always a thank you given...
Thank you Sally, Voski, Terese, Kathleen, Jan and Nancy
for the extra effort this week.