One of my favorite Margaret Meade quotes is the following ... "Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful committed citizens can change the world; indeed it's the only thing that ever has." Some may say that we who live and work at Easton Mountain are not changing the world we are touching many lives that come thru our doors. This autumn has once again been significant in how Mother Earth can change the magnificent landscape of Easton. The lush green of the summer gave way to the yellow, reds and oranges of autumn and now the earth is resting in anticipation of spring. So just as the seasons flow and change....our community has changed.
This autumn we have bid farewell to a few beloved pillars of our community. Jerry Burke and Dave Sledesky have both left the nest and are moving forward from Easton to begin new chapters in their lives. Jerry headed out of west in a covered wagon like the pioneers of old to begin a new life in Palm Springs, California. Easton will be forever grateful for his fatherly wisdom, listening ear and the dedication that he gave to our community while working the front desk! One could never begin to calculate the number of hours Jerry spent talking to our guests, advising new folks about our programs and arranging accommodations.
Dave Sledesky has also transitioned from the mountain and has taken a full time position not too far from Easton. I am grateful to say he will continue to be a valued member of our extended community only from a short distance. Dave contributions to Easton over the years have been tremendous. Dave served as a member of the management team, was our main computer/internet/electronic/IT go-to person and really kept the whole place running on so many levels.
Many blessings to Jerry and Dave as they blaze new trails in their lives.
As many of you know Easton never likes to have empty beds so I am excited to announce that this autumn we have had new residents move to the Mountain. Freddy Freeman and Jay Freeman (who were recently married in New York City) have moved into the community. Both are extraordinarily talented musicians and bring with them a wealth of experience. Freddy will be helping at the front desk and will be a part of our management team and Jay will be helping us to design our marketing materials both in print and on our website.
Wil Fisher who was such help to us in taking on many roles during our "Out in the Woods" music festival has joined us and will be bringing his talents and gifts to our management, marketing and development teams! I am excited by infusion of fresh ideas that will be coming to our table.
So in this season of gratitude...I am so grateful to all of the men who have come to Easton over the years to give of their time, talent and treasure. Whether for a weekend, a month or several years. This is the fabric that makes Easton Mountain run so we can welcome so many guests thru our doors each and every day. On your next visit be sure to say hello and introduce yourself to the new residents.
So until we meet again on the Mountain I wish all of our community members near and far....peace, love, health and all good things this holiday season.
Written by Dennis M. Petragnani, Easton Mountain General Manager