Raymond and I have been busily hewing to the Buy Local mantra in recent days, spending a lot of time in shops in and near Madoc, Tweed and Marmora – the closest towns (actually villages) to us here in Highway 7-territory Hastings County. And we’ve been thoroughly tickled at the wonderful things we’ve been able to find in those shops. I suppose that in many respects I am preaching to the choir here, but people, it really is worth the trouble to check into your local shops for interesting gift ideas. It helps the local economy, and it is so much more pleasant than time spent in Wal-Mart.
Anyway, as we were making the rounds of Madoc on an extremely wintry day today, a poster in a shop window (it’s the one you can see at the top of this post) caught my eye: a free Christmas dinner for anyone at all who happens to be alone on Christmas Day. And at one of the nicest places in Madoc, too – a wonderful place called Amazing Coffee where they serve great coffee (and tea) and food, and sell coffee beans and fine teas and organic cleaning products and lovely gift items and… well, the list goes on. And Amazing Coffee also often hosts musical events, including open-mike evenings. It’s just a great addition to Madoc.
And what a lovely thing, that Amazing Coffee is opening its doors on Christmas Day, for a meal at no charge. That, my friends, is small-town life at its very best. It is one more reason why I am glad to live here.