I’ve written a lot about the importance of the community to support the Walter Elwood Museum. But it’s relatively easier to write or to talk about most things than to do them. I think the Ice Cream Social serves as a good example.
While I had every intention of attending, I did not. Now I have a very sound reason for why I did not attend but the bottom line is that I did not. Maybe that explains why it looked to be such a fun and successful event.
Snark aside, the point is that the viability of the museum rests upon active involvement and participation of a broad swath of the community. So good intentions and reasoned excuses do nothing to assure the continued viability of the museum. And this is true for other enterprises as well, it’s easy to bemoan the lack of musical venues or an arts scene but for those to succeed you need commitment from the community. But without active participation and I daresay active funding from the community that commitment means nothing.
I may be a bit hyperbolic with the title of my post but I’m hoping to point out the essential difference between words and deeds.