A sad realization occurred to me as my wife and I were getting settled in for the Farewell Angelina concert at Struthers Library Theatre last Saturday evening. Between concerts, films, and stage productions I’ve covered since we created Your Daily Local, I’ve been in the theatre more in the last two years than I was in the previous 30.
And I couldn’t help but think, having been born, raised, and spent most of my life in Warren County how many times I’ve heard, and admittedly said, that “there’s nothing to do here.”
It’s a sentiment heard often throughout the county, and though it’s been passed down through the generations, it couldn’t be further from the truth. There’s actually a lot to do in Warren County as long as you’re willing to go out and do it.
Just take the Library Theatre, for example. There was at least one event there every weekend throughout the month of March, and April is already half booked as well. That’s just one venue.
I certainly hope the Keller Auditorium at Warren Area High School will be filled to capacity as students from across the county perform “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat,” the 16th All-County Musical. And if music isn’t your thing, check out the Crary Art Gallery, or the Wilder Museum, or the Sheffield Depot Heritage Museum, or one of the many other places across the county.
Don’t want to spend time inside, Lord knows you’d be hard-pressed to find an area with more outdoor activities than Warren County.
If you really want to be kept in the know, join organizations like the Warren Concert Association, the Warren Players, the Historical Society, the Allegheny Outdoor Club, etc.
I could go on and on listing places to go and things to do, but I won’t. At least, not here. I understand as well as anyone that coming up with something to do can sometimes feel burdensome. It’s easier to say, “Let’s just stay home and watch Netflix/Hulu/Disney+ instead.”
Hey, and that’s cool too. As a veteran of the video retail industry, a/k/a I worked in video stores (you younger kids might have to ask your parents about those), I can certainly appreciate chilling with a good flick.
But to help alleviate that burden, we’re going to try to bring you more information about the goings-on across the county. We’ve created an “Events” option in our category menu to try to make it easier.
Thanks in part to the generosity of the Warren County Chamber of Business and Industry, we’re going to bring all of our newsletter subscribers a list of events happening each week.
The bottom line here is that we’ve got to start taking advantage of all the places and organizations we have available to us, or they won’t survive.
Instead of telling everyone, “There’s nothing to do here,” let’s start saying, “I’m going to (insert event), want to come?”