Daily Reflections From My Window

July 29, 2021 Thursday What is There to do in Johnstown Pa? More Than You Know!


“If I ever go looking for my heart’s desire again, I won’t look any further than my own back yard. Because if it isn’t there, I never really lost it to begin with.”

L. Frank Baum, “The Wonderful Wizard of Oz”

Yup, those alpacas are very wise!

I live in Johnstown by choice and I have grown to love this town. Once I figured it out. If you’ve read this blog for a while, or know me, I think you know that we’re not from here but moved here when Jay got a job here. I fell in love immediately and I have to agree with the presenter of the video below that first impressions are so important. Luckily, I had the right people introducing me around. But what if I hadn’t? First impressions would have failed miserably because the natives ALWAYS dis this town. I’d say that they are the worst supporters. Luckily I met people, like my dear Lauren who, born on the anniversary of the St.Patrick’s Day flood of 1936 (the one after the Memorial Day Weekend 1889 flood and before the July 20, 1977 flood-coincidentally my birthday-1958), her father and her husband, LOVE this town and are determined to move it beyond that disaster. I think the people sho move here voluntarily (like Jack and Madison) see the potential, where if you grew up here, all you do is moan that there’s nothing to do.

Way back when, we learned the area’s rich history. When friends and family visited, we took them to the Flood Museums-yes, there are two-one local, one a National Park. One with an Academy Award winning movie (downtown) and the other at the site. We went to Grandview Cemetery and saw the plot of the unknown. We took them to the inclined plane and the scenic overlook. Yes! We appreciated everything here that the presenter of this video hits on. And the faults. BUT thanks to local organizations and private investors, and YOUNG people, there’s a new vision. Oh wait, it’s the old folks finally opening their eyes. Maybe it takes seeing something through the eyes of a visitor. It’s a special place and I love it. I think we can only go up from here. Let’s do it!

Start by having a visit to h.wonder Coffee and Records. It’s downtown in the Gallery on Gazebo on Gazebo Place right by the Gazebo. They are open Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, 9-5, with plans to expand hours.

THAT’S why I began publishing Macaroni Kid over 11 years ago. I wanted to show what this place had to offer and if not to residents, then to anyone hoping to visit. For a place with “nothing to do”, I spent over 40 hours at my computer a week for years. adding events, finding venues, creating top 10 lists. Yeah there’s a packed calendar now thanks to Lauren’s help and I may transition or link it to this site. I gave it up last year because of a health situation and boy do I miss it. There’s a new publisher, Jestine, now and I wish her the best of luck. If I may say, she had a pretty fabulous foundation upon which to build. Let’s support that by subscribing to the site if you haven’t already. You’d be validating my groundwork. It’s now called Macaroni Kid by CertifiKID because the owners sold the mother company but let’s support a local Mom run business and independent publisher By signing up here. Lauren still helps her out!

I’m late publishing today because I got sidetracked watching this YouTube Video from an independent assessor about our city. It is incredible. He highlights what a great place this is in which to live and play. It’s long. So I only watched about 2 hours of it. I’ll finish watching tonight. It’s worth it and I hope you watch it and come visit. Oh I almost forgot to share! After the rain shower yesterday, we had a rainbow right in our front yard! It was amazing! Jay has a better picture that I’ll get from him. Can you see it?

Tomorrow I’ll share with you about my fiber day. For now, I have to get my herd fed and then get coiffed! It’s a hair appointment day! Then eyeglass fitting.

In the meantime, remember to wash your hands, don’t touch your face, get outside for some fresh air and keep the length of an alpaca cria (which is a baby alpaca and about 3 feet long) between you and the next person.

Have a blessed day!