'One week in as the new proprietors of the Forst Inn – and what a week it’s been! Our website and box office went live, and it was on!
Tickets started selling, UPS deliveries with needed equipment started arriving, the liquor license paperwork got completed, all sorts of calls went out to various contractors, artists, liquor distributors etc., the mailing list was prepared, our first artist exhibition was secured for the art gallery, two new board members joined the Forst Inn Arts Collective Board of Directors, auditions were held for the first play, and cleaning began in earnest with a host of friends and volunteers including Katie, Michael Sheek's daughter, and her boyfriend Mike who drove in from Minnesota to give three days of solid cleaning. It was a pretty amazing week – so much progress has been made.
But as I drove out of Tisch Mills tonight it hit me how remarkable the week was in another way. Our new neighbors couldn’t have been more friendly or helpful – from Ann, the Manager of Fat Boyz, to Linda the town clerk, to Kay, the owner of Cold Creek Winery, to Theresa, who runs the post office, to Ray, Joe, Carol and Steve at the fire station, to Gonzo and Curly who will be cutting our lawn, to our helpful neighbor Carl, to Pete and Sue who stopped on the road to congratulate us and are sending their son down to give us a hand – each and every one has made us feel welcome and has been incredibly helpful.
I’ve heard newcomers to the lakeshore area comment on how friendly people are here. I might have found the source – perhaps it’s something in the water in Tisch Mills, and if we’re lucky, some of it flows out to the rest of us.
Thank you to all the volunteers who helped this week, and thank you to all of our new neighbors who were so warm and welcoming. You never know where adventure will find you – and the adventures have just begun. Peace, friends.