I was talking with a friend last night about how much I love Fresno. I know that some people really don’t like it here, but honestly, I do. I know I’ve said it before, and it’s the truth.
This week has been a bit rough for Fresno. We’ve had lots of recent bad news, as well as one of our firefighters got hurt doing the job that he loved. On the flip side, the very next day, another firefighter saved an elderly woman from a fire. I have a handful of friends whose husbands are firefighters. These guys (and gals) put their lives on the lines to save others.
So, in thinking about what to write this week, it seemed weird to highlight some great event that I think you guys should check out. But, then I got to thinking. These events I love to share with you all mean something to me. I may be a bit overly optimistic (the Pollyanna affect), however, I feel that our local events bring a sense of community to us all. When we feel a sense of pride about the community we live in, it shows. The community comes together and supports itself. In that, I say we should support a local event that’s happening this weekend.
Having grown up in Fresno, I’ve kind of lived all over. However, the fondest memories I have are when I lived in the Tower District. My mom also grew up in that area, and attended Fresno High. Back when I was little I use to think that Fresno High was the best, because well, it’s named after our town! I didn’t attend Fresno High myself, but I’ve always loved the campus and the area.
My friend recently bought a home in the Fresno High area. Before she did, she checked out specific parts of town she wanted to live in. While doing so, she found out about the Fresno High Flea. It’s located on the south side of the Fresno High campus, in the parking lot, and it happens on the first Saturday of each month. One day she asked me to go with her, and I loved it! (PS-bring your cash, some vendors may take a card, but not all.)
The Fresno High Flea is exactly what you might imagine a flea market would be like. There are vendors who have brought items that they have handcrafted. There are vendors selling treasures from their home. There are food vendors. It’s a fun and calm atmosphere. It’s almost like a giant yard sale, but better! I really liked the ambiance. It wasn’t too busy, but it wasn’t completely quiet either. I was able to chat with the vendors, listen to their story, hear them share about what they had made, or why they were there. The best part? They were all genuine. It was like a nice community gathering of friends, who happened to also be selling items. I felt a sense of togetherness. And this, THIS is why I love Fresno. I love how one low key event can bring so many people together. The people of FresYes are reaching out to one another. They are proud to live where they live, and they go out into the community to bring what they love to others. Isn’t that wonderful?!
Even if you’re not planning on buying anything, it’s nice to just go out and be with others in your community. Connect with a new person. Meet a new local vendor. You never know where these connections may lead you. You might make a new friend, AND get something cute for your home! Win-win! 😉