I am just as prone as the next person to get wrapped up in the negative, forgetting about or taking for granted the many wonderful people and things around me. Thanksgiving is always a reality check when I start thinking about just how much I have to be thankful for. It is a reminder to get my attitude in check and give the overwhelmingly positive aspects of life their due. There are so many great things to do in Mason County, many of them the product of someone or some group’s passion, hard work and dedication. So, with Thanksgiving quickly approaching I want to give a shout out to a few of them. Over the spring and summer I, my family and our guests enjoyed visiting the Eckert James River Bat Cave with awesome interpretation by Vicki Ritter. She also gave us an informative and entertaining weekly article to keep us up to date with cave happenings. We were also gifted with fine music at the Sandstone Cellars Winery and Wine Bar courtesy of Scott Haupert, Manny Silerio, Jerialice Arsenault and Texas Songwriters in the Round. Adding to our auditory pleasure, there was even more great music at the Odeon Theater, brought to us by the Odeon Preservation Society, Spider Johnson and Dennis and Kay Evans. The Annual Wild Game Dinner will soon be here, produced by the Mason County Chamber of Commerce and supported by the generosity of the Mason Community. In addition there is Light Up the Town, Tannenbaum, the Annual Historical Symposium, the Great Castell Kayak Race, Roundup Weekend, The Habitat Fundraiser; the Mason County Opry and the list goes on and on. There are so many people in this community who give freely, generously and graciously of their time, talent and money for so many awesome activities and worthy causes. For them I am deeply thankful and grateful. They are what make Mason such a rich and rewarding place to live. If you are appreciative of someone or something in Mason County I hope that you will take a few moments during this time of Thanksgiving to let them know through this public forum.
Respectfully, Tony Plutino