To the Editor:
If the words “Global Thomaston” sound like an oxymoron to you, you wouldn’t be alone. The old mill, the art-deco theatre, the stuck-in-time courthouse, and our good ole fashioned please-and-thank-you attitude (what Wikipedia calls our slow-paced southern charm) all make it a little difficult to think of Thomaston as the center of a cosmopolitan makeover.
But, take another look and you’ll start to see how truly global this little town is. Take what we eat, for example. Sure, our Chinese food may not exactly be an authentic representation of mainland Chinese cuisine, but the rest of our food supply has its roots in places you may have never even heard of. McDonald’s and Walmart, for example, are part of global supply chains linking nearly every region of the world together. And, of course, most of the products we buy, the cars we drive, and the gas we pump come with them in some form or another a tag proclaiming their global identity: Made in [insert foreign country here].
But what does that mean for small-town Thomaston? How does a shrinking world made even smaller by high-speed internet with instant tweet, chat, post, and upload capabilities affect us?
In a world where Thomaston is now a digital click away from Timbuktu, understanding and maintaining our identity, our “voice” so to speak, has become even more critical. This is where the importance of the arts comes into play. In an increasingly globalized world, it is increasingly important for us as individuals and as a community to understand what makes us special, what makes us Thomaston.
Fortunately, our community has been generous enough to support our leaders and caretakers of Thomaston’s artistic and cultural life such as everyone involved with TUAC, Fawne DeRosia’s Flint Rose art studio, the supporters and contributors of my own literary publication, Screendoors, among many others. As small-town Thomaston slowly becomes Global Thomaston, we should take advantage of these resources and look inward at what wonderful and unique qualities our community has to offer the big, wide world.