Why do we always do it? We have weekend after weekend that is wide open on the schedule, then along comes a weekend like the one looming in front of us now.
We have the Lions Club 5K/10K. There is Old Yeller Day activities. The Fall Festival of Churches. Event piled on top of celebration piled on top of happening!
From one aspect, it means a full day of things to do rather than three separate days of short celebrations. From another viewpoint, it is a day-long series of places to be, things to do and people to see.
Of course, we're all watching the forecasts to see if the outside activities are at risk of rain. It's been so long since we've had prolonged periods of rainfall, there is a very good chance that slickers and umbrellas may be cheerfully pulled out of storage and incorporated into the day.
My friends that have just arrived in town have already found that, contrary to what many people think about small towns, Mason has a constant parade of things to do. There are three children in their family, so even if there are no events being put on by any of the clubs or charities about town, it's a good bet that there is a school function, church activity or extracurricular practice to fill in the time.
The churches are an integral part of the social activity in Mason. This weekend, River of Life has rescheduled their river service (which will be keeping a close eye on the skies Sunday morning), while St. Paul Lutheran is holding Remembrance Sunday, honoring all those who have gone before us in this life.
The schools have organized sports (football ruling the fall), band practice, cross country, tennis, FFA, UIL competitions,,,, the list is never ending. Individual teachers and classes add to the schedule with book fairs, parent nights, special projects and more.
And then there is the constant events of the many clubs. Fine Arts shows, Lions Club runs and hamburger lunches, Riata dedications, Garden Club speakers, Republican Women home tours, Historical Society/Commission speakers and Chamber fundraisers.
I find little sympathy for folks who live in Mason that complain that there is nothing to do, no where to go, and no one to see. The Odeon has movies, concerts and speakers. The churches bring in musical guests, inspirational speakers and authors. The library plays host to meeting after meeting, many of which are open to the public, by groups that are always willing to welcome new members or guests.
We've barely even scratched the surface of school and church committees, which have meetings of all types at all times of the year. There are groups of Democrats, Republicans and Libertarians who are always welcoming candidates as guest speakers, and planning on ways to interest the voters in the next election.
We can take dog obedience classes for Lenore, art classes from Bridget, gardening classes from the Garden Club, computer classes from Carol Tucker, and pesticide classes from the USDA.
We can help deliver Meals on Wheels, distribute food at the Food Bank (or make casseroles for distribution), or assist Habitat in building homes for Mason families.
We can mentor young children at the school, help the Boy and Girl Scouts with their activities, or volunteer to teach Sunday school or to help J.W. with Young Life activities.
There are book clubs, fishing and hunting groups, rock hunting, river sports, bird watching, and open mic music nights. Dinner clubs and supper clubs still have a life, as do groups that get together to travel to surrounding towns to attend events when the opportunity arises.
This weekend, you don't have to attend everything that going on; but, there is absolutely no reason to not try making it to at least one of the happenings. If you're not content to simply be a spectator, contact the Lions Club, the Friends of the Library, any of the churches, or just about anyone else that is part of the weekend and volunteer your time and help.
Or, you could just sit at home in front of the television bemoaning the lack of anything to do! Your choice.
It’s all just my opinion.