In 1983, when we began to plan the first Little Buffalo Festival of the Arts for 1984, we had no idea that we would be captured by the fun and worthwhile work that the fledgling Perry County Council of the Arts would become in our lives and in those of friends, neighbors and many residents of the county.
Thirty-three years later, we were honored and touched that PCCA recognized us with Life Achievement Awards at the annual meeting earlier this month. We were so pleased that Tony Oliveri wrote and presented his poetic tribute and Dick Gregg stood up to speak about our early times together planning and working to develop the organization. And we felt humbled by Clyde McGeary’s remembrances of his early impressions about PCCA and the impact the programs were having on the county and central Pennsylvania.
Those of us who immigrated to Perry County from other areas brought lifestyles and ideas that resonated with people who were already involved in the arts here and with others who were looking for new stimulating and creative outlets and activities. All of us together enjoyed the opportunity to make something beautiful happen right here at home. As the saying goes, “Bloom where you are planted.” It’s been a great recipe for fulfillment.
We are proud to witness and be a small part of the continuing growth of PCCA, as new volunteers and staff have added their own song to the symphony. We look forward to future developments.
Thank you for our recognition, the enjoyable gathering, lovely awards and certificates.