Keeping Our Communitiy Liveable

bike racks

I attended the monthly meeting of the Liveable Communities Development Group last week and was pleased to learn about some of the things they’re looking at to improve our community. Like  adding bike lanes and walking paths as well as highly visible bike racks around town, developing new green spaces and outdoor event areas, expanding the Farmer’s Market to a year round operation, expanding public transportation options, and developing a community identity that values caring, safety, and consideration. I want to live there. OH! Happy Day, I DO 😀  The next meeting will be held on December 18th, 4:00pm at the offices of the Washington Co. Economic Development Council. They’re on the 4th floor of the King Building, 300 E. Main St., Johnson City. The public is always invited to attend.

I’ve got a number of things I want to share with you, dear readers, but they’re centered on events that are happening in our region of NE TN. For those readers in New Zealand and Australia, you may be inspired to share some of the seasonal event happening in your part of the world in the comments section below. These are all examples of the ‘liveable community’ Johnson City is fast becoming.

Thursday, December 6th,  Grammy Award winning guitarists Ed Gerhard and Bill Mize return for their annual Christmas Concert at NE State Community College.

ed and bill

Michael and I will be going for the 6th or 7th year in a row. We always look forward to it and consider it  the official start to our personal Christmas season. Here’s the info you need: 7:00 p.m. Wellmont Regional Center For The Performing Arts Free and Open To The Public Call (423) 279-7669 for more information. This is a beautiful, state of the art performance center-hope to see you there!

Then, “First Friday”!


Also on Friday night:

You are cordially invited to attend the very first Memorial Park Community Center Artist Reception, showcasing the collections of local East Tennessee State University artists: Maddison Gray, Hunter Hines, and Melanie Norris.

 The event is free to the public and will take place in the Gathering Area of the beautiful, brand new Memorial Park Community Center on Friday, December 7th from 6-8pm.

community center

 Come enjoy local artists work along with refreshments. hmmm, ART and FREE FOOD. I’m there! Then off to the King Center for a free contra dance, more art, live music and food. Oh yeah, did I mention it’s all FREE?

Saturday events include:

Memorial Park Community Center Grand Opening Saturday December 8, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Breakfast with Santa at 9 a.m., guided tours of the building, fitness demonstrations, dance demonstrations, arts and craft demonstrations, arts and craft sales, aquatics demonstrations, storytelling, pictures with Santa, entertainment, sports, Ribbon Cutting at 11 a.m., and more! 510 Bert Street!

Also: The annual downtown Christmas parade will be held Saturday evening. Here’s the  info and the parade route:



Last but not least, Sunday: A benefit concert for one of my favorite local charities:


2012 Xmas Benefit Banner

Now, what does all this liveable community stuff have to do with transitioning to a peak oil world? I’m so glad you asked! The best defense we have against the triple threats of a lower energy world, climate change and an uncertain economy is to re-create our future in ways that are not based on cheap, plentiful and polluting oil but on localized food, sustainable energy sources, resilient local economies and an enlivened sense of community well-being. I think all of these events fit that bill, don’t you?

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THANK YOU for your inspired final paragraph above. Seldom is the plain reality so well expressed. With ongoing gratitude for all your uplifting efforts, Bry

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