I'm right and you are wrong! Maybe -- you are right and I am wrong! Or maybe -- neither one of us are right and we are both wrong!
We all know there are two sides to every coin, but inspect a coin a little closer and you will notice there is actually a third side. I normally find myself stuck on the edge of the coin peering at the two polarizing sides when it comes to many of the choices we face in life. Occasionally, this coin will get flipped and I will find myself on one side or the other, but as time goes on I usually find my way back to the edge of the coin peering at both sides wondering why others are stuck on just one side and don't see the other side.
Check out the two very unique sides of this 1895 coin celebrating the centennial of my hometown in Lewistown, PA.
In my Pennsylvania hometown communities of Mifflin and Juniata counties, new geese are migrating to the area. These are not the typical geese you will find enjoying the bodies of water in our state. These geese could be scary, but they are not. They are almost five feet tall and have a slight grin that will make you smile if you look them in the eyes. These geese do not look like any other goose you have ever seen before.
You could say Community Partnerships are the parents of the new Wild Geese: Flock Together public art project. They are the ones behind the project, making sure these geese land in our community. Without them, these geese wouldn't have navigated their way to their new home. They keep a close eye on these geese once they arrive, but eventually, they kick them out of the nest where others take them under their wing to make sure they grow into their own unique goose.
Since the project started over a year ago, it has been fun to watch the support these geese receive. Others are spending countless hours and resources to make sure these geese survive and flourish. It takes an entire flock of people to make sure they remain safe and receive the attention needed before they land at their permanent homes. What is really amazing to me is seeing how our local artists transform these geese into something so incredible.
These artists help each goose mature with paint that makes each one unique and captures part of our local community. Once the artist is done working with each one of them, they take on a very unique character to show off the beauty and what makes our community special. It is hard to imagine when these geese first arrive with only white feathers how they develop and mature.
These are not just any ordinary geese. These geese represent pride in our community, celebrate our unique Goose Day tradition, embrace the artistic talents of others, and simply make our community a better place.
I would like to personally thank everyone that has been involved with the Town Goose commissioned by my family and One-Stop Communications. It is such an honor and pleasure to be involved with this project. Jessica Miller's painting on the Town Goose is absolutely incredible! https://www.facebook.com/JessicaMariePaintings/
To learn more about Community Partnerships and the Wild Geese Project be sure to visit
The Town Goose has been virtually unveiled, and you can take a sneak beak through the windows of UCP at 3 West Monument Square in Lewistown this Friday, June 5, as part of the First Friday Downtown Art Walk sponsored by the Mifflin-Juniata Arts Council and Lewistown Printworks. “Florence Nightingoose” with art by Steve Torok, commissioned by Kay Hamilton, will also be on display for sneak beak at UCP. https://www.facebook.com/lewistownpafirstfriday/
If you are not from central Pennsylvania, you may wonder what the heck is Goose Day. If so, you have to check out https://www.facebook.com/JRVGooseDay/.
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None of these blog posts have been edited or proofread by an editor. You may find words misspelled, improper grammar, and incorrect punctuation. Sometimes the words may not even make sense. When I post something here, I am merely expressing my feelings. If you don't know my story, you must know I have a learning disability, and I don't always see and hear words the same as most.