It is the season for New Year’s resolutions — that time of year when we decide anew to cut back on calories, swear off cigarettes, increase our exercise, or dive headlong into pursuit of another goal of some sort.
If you live on the Eastern Shore, your resolution should include increased participation in the charms of our area. Missing out is a tragedy that can be prevented.
The Eastern Shore’s culture is so comfortable and laid-back that it abets routine and stasis. And while there is nothing wrong with enjoying the familiar, it would benefit all Eastern Shore residents to experience something new his year on the local front.
If it has been a while since you’ve been to one of the local fireman’s carnivals, make it a point in the new year.
If you’ve been meaning to get to Cape Charles for a little shopping — or even a stay in one of the bed-and-breakfast inns — make 2023 the year to do so.
Enjoy a walk in a public natural resources area — or around one of the Eastern Shore’s walkable towns. Take in a summer concert. Eat at a new restaurant. Visit a local store you haven’t visited in years.
Peruse an Eastern Shore museum — there are many very good options. Spend the afternoon at a local beach. Take the passenger ferry to Tangier Island.
Full enjoyment of the Eastern Shore means getting out and experiencing it. Make 2023 the year to do so.