Saturday, March 10, 2018

Deadline coming

WOWers have been working very hard to complete this year's maintenance with the goal to have her ready by April so we can celebrate Vérité's  twentieth year. This past week we even put in an extra work day. Such an amazing group of women. Yes, on this week of the International Day of Women we note it. In fact those who can't be with us are feeling the pull - the discomfort of not being "in place" with the team. They send notes of regrets and sadness. I think this describes why.

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.

Sunday, January 28, 2018

Workin' Away

We have had some really amazing work parties this month. Verite's hull has been scraped, paint either removed or sanded. The oars scraped and sanded too. It has been really nice to have a warm building. It is amazing what you can do when your teeth aren't chattering. It is also nice to have a place to sit down and have tea at the end of our day. This last week we had 11 who worked their tails off. Super effort - thanks everybody!

January 8

January 15

January 22

Good Food, Good Friends, Good Job!

Thursday, January 11, 2018

A year end in review

Here's a little photo review of the end of November through December. It was an amazing year. We rowed right up to December 11.

A very high tide

Okay - this was another day when the weather was formidable. We tied knots instead. 
Well, of course we had to have sustenance. 

A new day - a sunny day. 

Of course it isn't always perfect weather...

Sometimes the weather changes...

But as you can see we do have a way with the weather. 

On December 16th, Verite  was taken out of the water for winter maintenance.
A good crew came to scrub her down. 
Thanks to Tom and the boys they cleaned off the outside for us. Wow, what a gift. 
That just left the inside for us to do. 
Thanks to a good crew that was accomplished in good order. 

We gathered in our new digs "tea room" at Vigor. 

However, there's nothing like eating out. 

It was a very good year.
Friends, Fellowship and Fun!