Do you remember your high school graduation? I remember mine pretty clearly even though it was close to 150 years ago. Along with the pomp and circumstance came a wild mixture of feelings. All at once, graduates felt freedom, relief, optimism, anxiety and even a little fear. It was a cumulation of years of hard work that built up to this point, but now what?
Are the young adults of today more confident and self-assured? In many ways, it seems to be so. Perhaps the media-driven world of this 21st century has pulled the cloak of mystery off of the great question of “What Now?” Maybe these grads already know the answer to that question as the Instagram influencers have shown them exactly how it all works and what really does come next. Or maybe these graduates are every bit as nervous inside as my generation was.
One thing that I do know is that on June 9, the Mazama Community Club was the site of a celebration honoring Mazaman Nick Fitzmaurice as well as Owen Hevly and Michael Mott. A continental breakfast of doughnuts, croissants, muffins, assorted pastries, fruit and coffee was available for the 100-plus group of people that came to wish these guys well. Their senior project tri-fold posters were on display in the Community Club for the guests to admire. Nick’s project was writing an ice hockey goalie manual, as many coaches are adept at coaching the game of ice hockey, but not necessarily the position of goalie. It is sure to be a benefit to the ice hockey program for many years to come.
On behalf of all of Mazama, I’d like to wish well to our local 2019 graduates: Lucia Clay, Lucy Cole, Nicholas Fitzmaurice and Ella Kuzyk.
In other various Mazama news, Patty and Stu Spencer had a housewarming party in order to celebrate the completion of the renovation of their home. As you may remember, they bought the former home of Bob and Maryann Sitts called Kicking Mule Ranch. It was a very time-consuming project meticulously done by Laverty Construction and I am betting that the Spencers are thrilled with the outcome. I drive by it every day and the whole place looks straight out of a magazine for elegant mountain living.
Finally, the last bit of news from the world of all things Mazama is that the Mazama Market is being resurrected! According to Ann Diamond, the theme of this summer’s market is reUSE IT and the Repair Cafe is going to come on up to Mazama to help celebrate. The kick-off will be on Thursday, July 11, from 5–7 p.m. at the Mazama Community Club. More information to come, but for now, mark your calendars and start looking through your things that you might like to repair, barter, give, share or sell. It is sure to be a fun time.