Forum Tuesday to tackle what could make Winchester more fun

Published 12:32 pm Monday, June 26, 2017

The library’s discussion group, Meeting of Minds, will host a community forum on the topic of making Winchester a more fun place to live from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Tuesday. This forum is open to the public, and we hope to have a large and diverse group of attendees.

Fun may seem like a frivolous topic for a community forum, but if you stop to think about it for a moment, fun is at the heart of a thriving, dynamic community.

When people have fun together they are more at ease with each other, cooperation becomes a dynamic of play and it is easier to be non-judgmental about personal foibles and differences.

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Are we suggesting Winchester is a miserable place to live? Not at all.

Winchester has become a much better place to live, with new shops opening and a proliferation of community festivals and events.

At the same time, Winchester is located in the midst of some of the most beautiful landscapes in Kentucky. It is fun just walking, biking and driving around Winchester and Clark County.

Winchester-Clark County is a wonderful place to live, and it can become even more wonderful if we share ideas about how to facilitate and spread the joy. The community forum isn’t a complaint fest — it is an opportunity to share personal positive ideas about making Winchester swell.

What do you think needs to happen to make Winchester and Clark County a more fun place to live? Your ideas are important and need to be heard.

A community brainstorming session is a powerful way to get people happily working together.

Don’t think your idea is too trivial or outlandish to express. Trivial ideas sometimes blossom into great events, and great changes are launched by outlandish ideas.

Let’s start having fun together Tuesday night. Open discussion among friends and neighbors always makes for an enjoyable evening. Remember to bring something to write on so you can take notes and direct comments to specific points. Make a list of your ideas so you can have them clear in your mind during the discussion.

Who knows, you may have an idea as big as the Beer Cheese Festival, or as uniquely tasty as the menu at Graze.

Bringing it out at Tuesday’s meeting may cause residents of Winchester and Clark County to smile for years to come.

See you at the forum on making Winchester and Clark County more fun.

Other events this week?

We’re just about half-way through the Summer Reading programs, but there is still time to sign up, get a free library tote bag, and have an opportunity to win one of six great baskets full of books. All you need is a current, valid adult CCPL card. Sign up at the circulation desk.

— Wednesday Kentucky Picture Show presents a 2016 thriller directed by M. Night Shyamalan. Three girls are kidnapped by a man with 23 distinct personalities, they must try to escape before a frightful new 24th personality emerges. I’ll bet it’s hard to remember all his names. Rated PG-13

—At 10 a.m. Friday, Write Local, where you can unleash your word-hoard.

— At 9 a.m. Saturday, free Yoga on the library lawn. Bend and stretch…reach for the stars.

— From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Outside the Lines Adult Coloring, at which all in attendance are children of the rainbow.

All that and lots of great new books, too. Let your imagination groove at the library.

John Maruskin is director of adult services at the Clark County Public Library. He can be reached at