Editorial: Hanging onto old values in digital times

Editorial from The Annapolis County Spectator

Lawrence Powell editor@annapolisspectator.ca
Published on August 7, 2014

Caitlin Bridson-Pateman: “Although they seem like traditions in this town, these events and experiences don’t happen everywhere. We are very lucky to be able to experience them in the first place.”

©Lawrence Powell

A couple of events on the weekend proved that after family, community is (or should be) a priority in all of our lives. Margaretsville Days was the epitome of this way of thinking and it was heartwarming to see the way adults and young adults went way out of their way to make it a special event in the lives of the youngsters. And no texting teens or video-playing kids were to be seen anywhere.

What visitors did see was kids taking part in the limbo; youngsters and adults alike participating in the three-legged race; everyone having fun at the dunk tank; giant bubbles that almost threatened to engulf the bubble blowers; ice cream by the tub full; a yard sale; music; art; and a wonderful though short parade made up of the most-proud youngsters in the entire province that day.

It was, in fact, storybook. These are the events that shape children in a good way. And hats off to the teens that took charge of the very young and showed them a great time. A time that is indelible in their memories.

In Annapolis Royal it was more of the same. A tiny community of fewer than 500 people managed yet again to pull off one of the biggest and most successful Natal Day events in the province. It was four days of community all put together by volunteers.

Both Annapolis Royal Mayor Michael Tompkins and Annapolis County Warden Reg Ritchie talked about community, volunteerism, and the spirit that keeps communities vital and vibrant.

Queen Annapolis Royal 2013 Caitlin Bridson-Pateman, talking about the community events that shaped her life, may have said it best. “Although they seem like traditions in this town, these events and experiences don’t happen everywhere,” she said. “We are very lucky to be able to experience them in the first place.”

But here is the key, and it holds true for Annapolis Royal, Margaretsville, and every other community in Annapolis County:

“Although these events may seem small by themselves, every single one of them has helped prepare me for the bigger events that awaited me in my reign,” Bridson-Pateman said. “This last May as I became Princess Annapolis Royal at the 82nd Apple Blossom Festival, I never knew how much these experiences would help shape my time during festival.”

Bridson-Pateman relinquished her crown to Cecelia Cress on Sunday evening but continues as Queen Annapolisa 82nd. We believe she achieved this honour because of how she was shaped by a caring and loving community. Hat off to Annapolis Royal and area, and to Margaretsville for not forgetting values that our grandparents lived by but seem to sometimes get lost in the modern digital times.