As a grandfather still grieving over the devastating loss of 80 peoples’ grandkids, I have spent a lot of time in the recent weeks, processing what can really be done to stop these catastrophes. As with all the major problems facing our country, to really be effective, we need an “all of the above” approach.
The recent Poetry Out Loud recitation contest at Mammoth Lakes Repertory Theatre is a shining example of the importance of culture and community. Poetry is designed to be recited, and the kids, some from as far away as Coleville, did a masterful job and gained tremendous experience in expressing themselves in front of a live audience.
The Angel Giving Tree would like to thank the town of Mammoth Lakes and all of the people who selected names from the tree at Vons and bought presents for those children.
Special thanks also to those organizations who donated money to help us with certificates and presents for the children, especially Mammoth Lakes Fire Department, Sudden Link, Suresave-Self-Storage and the Mammoth and Bridgeport offices of Mono County Office of Education.
Flying home to Mammoth from our vacation, we over-nighted in Dallas. The next morning, Dec. 19 , we got up at 2:30 a.m. to catch the early flight to LAX in order to make the morning flight on Alaska/Horizon Air to Mammoth. We purposely had booked that flight so we could get back to work that afternoon during this busy holiday period.
I want thank all of those who made last Saturday’s Mono County Finals of the Poetry Out Loud National Recitation Contest possible.
It was an inspiring evening of poetry recitation that was moving and thought provoking. Thank you to the judges: Jo Bacon, Malcolm Clark, Stacey Coreless, Noelle Deinken, Bartshe Miller; the accuracy judge Blaire Lee; the prompter and County coach—poet Eva Poole Gilson; the tabulator—Tabby Mannetter; the sound and lighting tech Tim Casey.