I am both confused and offended by Ms. Marazza's Kreek Kapers dated Sept. 5, with particular reference to her annual announcement of the Flatlanders Party in Christopher Creek. Each year this announcement is made, but then she adds that the locals say, "If you don't know where it is, you don't belong."
This is very disturbing based on the content of her column. In her first paragraph, she talks about the business owners of Christopher Creek throwing a block party on Oct. 18 to attract visitors. Then she tells us they are celebrating the departure of the visitors by holding an exclusive party. I am both a resident of Christopher Creek and Phoenix. I support both communities with my hard-earned money. Does this mean I am invited or excluded from this "celebration"?
I have been coming to Christopher Creek since I was 8 years old. I am now a seasoned woman in my 40s. The mountains and the creek have not let go of my heart since our first meeting and, being unable to leave Phoenix, I decided a cabin would be a nice compromise.
When I am in town, I buy groceries at the Tall Pines Store. We always stop for Kettle Corn at the Landmark. When friends visit, we often dine at Creekside. I buy my gas in Payson, pick up pizza at Mario's and make regular trips to Wal-Mart. Lumbermen's in Star Valley, Foxworth and the many contractors in the community helped build my home. My tax money stays in town and supports the library, schools and public services that I rarely need to use. Pardon me for saying so, but any wise dog knows not to bite the hand that feeds him.
I am the first to admit that the increased traffic, noise and disregard that some visitors have for our beloved mountains is hard to ignore. But this is not representative of all the Flatlanders. They/we have a right to enjoy this community as much as anyone else. And to the best of my knowledge, we remain a free country and are allowed to do so.
I would like to suggest that if the locals want to gather as a community, celebrate another successful summer season and welcome autumn's beginning. And if this party is so exclusive, it need not be announced in the newspaper. Those of us that have no desire to draw our social lines based on residence do not care about this event. It is not necessary to remind visitors that they are not welcomed, and it is certainly not newsworthy.
JoLee DeFalco-Kennedy, Phoenix and Christopher Creek