Pogo Gorwood, who was a member of the Waterville Valley Realty team for several years, is now a Realtor in Florida. Every month she sends her friends and customers a magazine, “Your Home and Lifestyle.” In the June issue, there is a great article about creating a sense of community by getting to know those who live near you, “A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood.” I hope Pogo doesn’t mind if I share a few paragraphs.
Although neighborhoods still exist where the residents are involved, willing to lend a hand, and keep a caring, watchful eye, they are the exception instead of the norm. Many of us are so focused on electronic connections that personal connections are increasingly strained. To make the most of the place you call home [including your second home], consider cultivating relationships with the people who directly affect and contribute to your surroundings.
The beginning of summer is an opportune time to step outside and become acquainted with your neighborhood. Extended daylight hours and relaxed schedules encourage outdoor living, often resulting in an enhanced awareness and appreciation of community.
Make a concerted effort to meet your neighbors whether by simply saying hello, borrowing the cliched cup of sugar, or asking for a legitimate recommendation. Participate in community events…attend parties, classes and programs at the Rey Center, public hearings, join a golf or tennis league, frequent the local dining establishments. You’re bound to make connections with those around you – and have fun while doing so.