By Stephanie Nestlerode
This morning I had the honor of helping Martha Knies complete her profile for WimberleyValleyWorks, an on-line map of our connections, interests, skills, and resources. It will officially launch on Jan. 20 from 2 to 5 pm at the Wimberley Community Center. What struck me most about her answers is how much Martha loves learning. Surrounded by books and mementos in her office, she recounted stories of fascinating adventures even as she expressed her interest in learning how to operate within social media. We even practiced a little. As part of the survey process, she shared her interest in helping others set up a non-profit – based on her experience in establishing Keep Wimberley Beautiful.
What unfolded was a perfect example of what we hope to make commonplace – the ability to link people up who want to learn a new skill or share ideas on an exciting project. In this case, it’s easy to imagine Martha’s sage advice being transferred to a young aspiring person committed to providing a needed community service. And for a young person to coach Martha on the ins and outs of social media. WimberleyValleyWorks is a key next step for bringing an intergenerational incubator to life – a place to nurture budding ideas and to ensure a robust local economy.
Once the survey was completed, Martha and I moved onto the workshop we are co-hosting with LaDonna Coy, Creating a Life Well Lived on Jan 25th. It’s part of the Wimberley Art and Soul series. The weekend of offerings is a class example of what makes the Wimberley Valley so unique and resilient. We call this the Creative Brew - a unique combination of pioneering spirit, natural beauty, personal connections, artistic flair, and diverse collaborations. Local creations enrich lives, support the economy and serve others. How lucky we are to live in a community that naturally weaves community by threading amazing offerings into a tapestry of fun, food and fellowship!