Jack Brezina: Find it right here
|By Jack Brezina - Contributing Writer | Nov. 30, 2017|
I know, I know. You’re all a little confused about what you would like to get me for Christmas again this year.
Well, fret no more my friends. I’ve reached that point in my life where I don’t need anything more. In fact, it is time to initiate the divestiture procedure. Every time I squeeze through the garage and the shed and certain areas of the basement, the thought crosses my mind: why do I have all this stuff that for the most part just sits there, being shuffled about every time a general five alarm cleanup is declared.
That having been said, there are many options here in the Highlands for those looking for unique and interesting gifts. In addition to many stores with great selections, we are fortunate to be surrounded by a host of artists with an overflowing basket of skills. Painters, sculptors, potters, glass blowers, woodworkers, photographers, weavers and so much more. Inspired by the Highlands, they create items that are wonderfully unique. Best of all, they are made right here in the Highlands by an artist you can meet and get to know. They love to talk about their work and share their artistic visions.
Visit the Arts Council Haliburton Highlands website for a list of the many artists in our community. The community is rich with the performing arts. Many of the groups are on stage now adding to the festive season. Enjoying a concert or performance with a friend or neighbour, someone who might not otherwise be able to get out to an event, is a great way to say Merry Christmas, even if the gift is actually delivered before Dec. 25.
Of course, I can’t pass over the performing arts without acknowledging that the Highlands Summer Festival (I am president of the company) and the Highlands Opera Studio are offering season pass specials for next summer’s performances. Live theatre and music performed on our local stages make great gifts for someone who has everything. Ads in local newspapers can inform you how to buy a summer of live entertainment and music.
How about donning Santa’s persona and giving a gift to someone you don’t know? Local food banks are always looking for donations, in-kind or cash. Of course, the need is year-round, but it’s always more acute during the holiday period. Through a food bank donation, you know you are helping someone in need. Look for local food bank contact information online or in the phone book.
The SIRCH Gifts from the Heart program is underway again this season. Through your donation you can help local families and individuals who need assistance with food security, poverty, poor health, illness and grief. Your gift helps people in our community by offering a hand up. As the SIRCH website states, “Change your community and change lives – with one gift, when you give a Gift from the Heart.” Contact SIRCH for additional information on how you can help.
Sometimes the most meaningful gift is the one you give to someone you don’t know. So, don’t let this holiday season slip by without considering the many Haliburton Highlands options for making someone happy this year. Make it a Merry Christmas for everyone in our community, including yourself.
Jack Brezina is a contributing writer for The Highlander.