It has long been a traditon for those St. Louis folks, who had the means, to ride the rail down into Arcadia, on through Annapolis, and into Des Arc; this area of the Ozarks has historically been a social hub and artistic haven for many. But imagine that you were born and raised in heaven. What if you learned to walk on streets of gold. Would the breathtaking beauty become mundane? Would you fail to grasp the deep desire of those longing to enter? I think that is the same disadvantage those of us from the Ozarks might face. How easy it is to see where we lack when we've never been to places where the creekbeds crack. Any culture in time may deteriorate. Fasionations fade from generation to generation. Skills are lost. Lyrics are misplaced. Entire instruments are forgotten. And while the ladies in Annapolis still invest a great deal of time trying to out bake their neighbor, we morn the loss of many cultural & educational opportunities that once thrived in our valley.
How precious then is this concept of ressurection! If you haven't heard we have had a bit of a miracle. ABC caught wind that the Ozarks near Arcadia were infact magical! They, like us, realize that the impossible is more possible here than anywhere. Are you surprised? Would you expect anything less than miracles from a place named Arcadia? These hills truely offer utopic opportunities. It is only the human influence that would produce less. And yet our utopia persist inspite of our flaws.
So then, when an oudsider looks in and discovers what we've forgotten it revives us. It is delightful the ressurection that is taking place in our valley. The dormant questions that come to light, the rallying of neighbors in search of answers, the answers that create questions, each drawing us closer to eachother and defining our identity as a region. While ABC explores concepts of individule resurrection, Arcadia Valley is learning what it means to experience resurrection as a community. I want to thank Dr. Melissa McCarter for her enthusiasm and leadership. It is an honor to be part of this process. Stay posted for updates on meeting times, events, and accomplishments, and of course catch Ressurection on ABC, March, 9th at 8 central.