Hello again, fellow Creekers (no offense to those folks with older floor boards).
Well the fall season is in full force. It is a daily chore to rake pine needles and leaves these days. I know of at least two days last week where it snowed for awhile, right in the middle of the afternoon, too.
Paula’s outdoor sing-along featuring Lynda St. John was a big hit.
“Good Friends and Fireplaces, Warm Hearts and Warm Embraces, that’s what Christopher Creek is all about. Wow, what a party! I personally want to thank all the Creek Critters for all your support and love. You’re the best!! A big, special thanks to Paula and Barbara Wheeler!”
— Lynda St. John
I was told recently by Paula to expect this event again in the spring.
There was also a big, Halloween party at the Creekside Restaurant. Everyone was out in costume and, even though I wasn’t there, I heard it was a great time. I’m not saying because I wasn’t there it couldn’t possibly be a good time… what I meant is that because I wasn’t there I have to take people’s word for it that it was, in fact, a great time. Based on the pictures I’ve seen, I’d have to say that the Halloween spirit was indeed alive and well and that the place was completely packed with people having fun.
I have always been surprised at some of the talent, history and stories from the folks that live here in Christopher Creek. It was recently brought to my attention that we have several artists in the area.
One such artist is Jim Hagen, who lives in See Canyon. Jim, a self-taught artist, has been painting since about 1980. His paintings are representational, realistically detailed and done in the manner of the old masters.
Retired from work as an aerospace engineer, he paints in a large studio in their (Jim and Marlene) retirement home. “Nestled in the pine trees of northern Arizona, beneath the Mogollon Rim, theirs’ is an ideally inspirational setting for creativity.”
His work has been displayed in numerous invitational art shows and in galleries in Wickenburg, Ariz. and the Favell Museum in Klamath Falls, Ore. His painting “Comin’ Home” took the first-place award for oil in the 1981 George Phippen Memorial Art show in Prescott, Ariz.
In future articles, I plan to do some interviews with locals just to see how everyone ended up here in Christopher Creek, and you never know what else you might find out about your neighbor that’s interesting.
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