Greetings from Carlsbad MainStreet!
Whew! I am happy to see downtown and all of Carlsbad starting to come back to life.
The last three months can be described with many adjectives: unprecedented, reconnecting, mind-boggling, reflecting, crazy, happy, weird, reassuring, frustrating, sad, touching, fearful, joyful, heart-breaking, and thankful. The pandemic conceivably touched every emotion humanly possible. Your age, socio-economic status, political views, spiritual beliefs, family status, race, heritage, or sexual preference did not protect you from the transformations that have forever changed our world.
What did you learn from this? Did you get healthier, or are you looking back wishing you would have stopped yourself from eating that extra dessert or bowl of pasta? Did you clean your closets out? Did you learn a new language or practice a new hobby? Did you plant a garden? No matter how you answered the questions, I am delighted you are well enough to be reading this article. My heart breaks for families and friends that have lost a loved one.
To the high school seniors: Proms were canceled and you had an opportunity to participate in a “non-traditional” graduation. While those events are a large part of launching you into adulthood; it does not define you. You are better equipped for a bright future because you have witnessed divergent thinking.
A new appreciation for our teachers has emerged. Thank you, teachers, for all the years you have worked tirelessly to improve future generations’ minds. Thank you to the “essential” workforces: healthcare providers, city and county personnel, law enforcement, and fire department. Truck drivers, grocery store staff, farmers, and all the other professions that kept our electricity, water, gas, sewers working, and industries that kept our vehicles running, thank you.
Thank you to our leaders for the tough decisions that they have had to make and will continue to make. Please be supportive of them because I am sure they are losing sleep. Please remember what Thumper said, “If you can’t say something nice, don’t say nothing at all.” (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9fYngTUZeUQ)
Thank you to the companies and individuals who made financial contributions to our community, guaranteeing that each child’s education did not end during this time. Thank you to the individuals that volunteered and the staff that worked to keep the children in our community fed. Thank you to the school administration and teachers for keeping in touch with our children to ensure their needs were met.
Thank you to Creative Carlsbad for providing virtual classes teaching us how to make tin can lanterns, handmade braided rugs, flower arrangements, homemade alfredo sauce, and exercise methods like yoga, tai-chi, and circuit training. Thank you to the artists that demonstrated their talent.
Thank you to small businesses that have found a way to survive! A special thank you to the people in our community that purchased gift certificates and found items to buy from our locals. Please keep supporting the people that sustain our community.
To those that I have failed to name, please forgive me. If it is of any consolation, I guarantee I will awaken in the middle of the night in a panic because I unintentionally left you or your group out. I apologize.
With the help of Eddy County, City Lodgers’ Tax, and Carlsbad Municipal schools, Carlsbad MainStreet had the pleasure of placing signs on the Eddy County courthouse lawn honoring the 2020 graduates of Carlsbad Schools.
The Carlsbad Downtown Farmers’ Market will begin July 16 from 5:30 – dark and continue every Thursday evening until October. If you planted a garden and would like to sell your extras, please contact Carlsbad MainStreet.
The 5th Annual CavernFest was postponed for a year. Thank you to our sponsors, the performing artists, merchants, vendors, and our community for supporting us in the difficult decision. I am looking forward to CavernFest 5.1, June 4th and 5th, 2021.
Hang in there, Carlsbad! This mind-boggling time is not over yet. We are a strong community; every individual is vital to our team as we work together to be even better when we arrive at our new normal.
Karla Hamel Niemeier
Article written by Karla Hamel Niemeir and originally in Focus on Carlsbad 2020 Summer edition.