Community Connections are what it is all about at The Meadows weekly Fiber Gatherings. Each Monday night, senior citizens residing at the Meadows are joined by people young and old from across North Smithfield. From 6-9pm residents and neighbors share their latest projects and help others learn to knit, crochet, and master other needle-craft skills.
The vibe in the Community Room is casual and chatty. Participants’ ages range from a young man of 12 to a 92-year old great grandmother. One of our gentleman-residents is quickly picking up the skills of knitting and crochet, with his wife happily modeling the lovely scarf resulting from his first few lessons. Materials, such as yarn and needles, are free for use. A small jar off to the side collects donations for healthy snacks and hot tea, which they provide for participants.
The gatherings are coordinated by Engage North Smithfield, a collective of town residents determined to aid the town in developing an inclusive and participatory sense of community.
Well that’s just what’s happening on Monday nights. These inter-generational gatherings bring back the connectivity that is often lost with busy lives and electronic distractions. The organizers at Engage North Smithfield recognize this, and actively volunteer their time to combat it.
The residents at The Meadows are enthusiastic about having this opportunity to connect with other townspeople right here at their own apartment complex. Some people just come out of their apartments to socialize, while others share skills developed over years of practice.
All North Smithfield residents are welcome to join the group on Monday evenings – except the first Monday of each month. All ages and abilities as welcome to participate. Materials are free. Any small donations towards refreshments or materials are appreciated.