It has been challenging to have social events at Elderberry during Covid, but we have been very creative! A few weeks ago we had our annual Chinese New Year celebration.... we all made Chinese foods, but we couldn't eat together, so we had the dinner event (and shared our fortunes from the homemade fortune cookies) on Zoom. This past weekend we had our first potluck together in a year! It was a Saint Patrick's Day outdoor party and is deserving of its own blog post (watch this space!). In between those two events, we launched a program we call Elderberry Jam.
The idea behind Elderberry Jam is to ongoingly foster relationship-building in the community. The Culture Committee solicited ideas from members about events, formats and discussion topics that they would find fun, interesting or thought-provoking. Armed with this information we held out first Elderberry Jam event - a Search Party!
It turned out that everyone loved this event. Not only was it a fun game, but people had to explore the whole community and get some good exercise to boot! And the answer to the question of "How do we find what we are looking for in life?" If you unscrambled the words, you come up with:
By welcoming new experiences, trusting our hearts, opening our minds,
and appreciating diverse views.