Saturday, November 22, 2014

Sincerest Thanks to OPA Members and Volunteers

Last Sunday evening, I attended the Peripatetic Poets 3rd Annual “Giving in Gratitude” All Open-Mic event in Columbus. What a terrific evening filled with music and poetry. Held at the Global Gallery Café in Clintonville, the house was packed and hosts Susan Hendrickson and Paula Lambert led the celebration.

Music was performed by Paula’s family (husband Mike, son Christopher, and daughters Alexandra and Mikaela). Guests brought non-perishable food goods and personal hygiene items to be donated to the Mid-Ohio Food Bank. The energy was so positive. (And I have to note that Global Gallery’s mulled spice hot apple cider is fantastic!)

Ultimately though, this evening was about giving—not just to the Mid-Ohio Food Bank, but to each other by sharing our poetry and music, our creativity, with one another. And in this season of giving, I think it’s most appropriate to begin by giving thanks.

In that vein, I want offer my sincerest thanks to those who have made OPA what it is today—a vibrant, growing organization that seeks to lift up and support Ohio poets. My appreciation extends to our officers, chairpersons, volunteers, and especially to our members: OPA continues to accomplish great things because of you. And finally to all Ohio poets and those who run the many coffee houses, open-mics, and reading series throughout the state: Thank you for sharing your time, energy, ideas, and your creativity.

As we head into the holiday season, my sincerest wishes to all of you for a safe and wonderful Thanksgiving holiday with friends, family, and fellow poets.