This past weekend, 37 peer members joined staff from the Perry Wellness Center to travel to historic Andersonville for its annual parade and fair. We had a sprawling booth and display area, which included fresh produce, colorful mums, and such seasonal décor as candlesticks and wreaths.
More than the opportunity to sell our wares, the fair provided a chance for peer members to experience the history-filled town of Andersonville and participate in what was, for many, their first fall fair and parade. As Stuart Perry noted, "This was a new experience for many of our peer members. It was a fun time for them to be away, enjoy our community, and experience fun with their friends and supporters. Both days were fun-filled."
Finally, outings such as this provide a great way to carry out our mission of advancing personal health and well-being among those who suffer from the effects of mental illness or addictive disease. And what better way to de-stigmatize such disorders than by being an active part of the larger community during times of celebration!
As they say, a good time was had by all. So much so, we're already planning our next excursion to a fall festival in Montezuma at the end of the month. See you there!