During the last year, the phrase “we’re staying apart now, so we can come together later” was bandied about quite a bit, but it really makes you realize how important it is to find your tribe, and how vital they are to having a positive well-being. Whether you find the group you most vibe with while enjoying a hobby, sport, volunteering, or something completely different, those outlets are important to continue to foster.
If you love food, Denville is certainly a great place to be! You can sign up for cooking classes and demos at the Denville Public Library and Foodies (in the upstairs portion of Sweet Expressions), and it’s a fun way to learn about, make, and taste new things. Sign up with friends or family or go solo and meet like-minded people. Also, many grocery stores in the area offer unique cooking classes from chefs. Visit near-to-you restaurants in town, or try ordering from a different section of the menu at your favorite restaurant.
Whether you enjoy listening to music or want to learn a new instrument, there’s no shortage of opportunities. With many many music schools in town, you’ll find it’s never too late to learn a new skill, and they have the teachers and supportive environment to get you there. There are many venues offering outdoor concerts and even Zoom opportunities to enjoy a simple evening of listening to great tunes.
Stop by Gardner Field with your basketball or tennis racket and a friend and you’re sure to be engaged in a quick and fun pick-up game in no time. You can also enjoy the fields at Veteran’s Memorial Park with a soccer ball or softball. Volunteer to coach one of the many youth sports teams in town or sign up to referee a game or season.
Adopt a pet at the Denville Animal Shelter and visit the Happy Hound Playground regularly…you’ll find others who love their pups like their children too, and your pet will get a good workout as well. Put together a dog walking group in your neighborhood for regular meet-ups.
There is a true wealth of opportunity to give back in our community, and it’s so wonderful that you want to. Because there are so many ways to help, decide the type of volunteering you want to do first (with kids? seniors? pets?) and how you can commit (in person? from home? occasional needs?) and drill down from there. You’ll soon be rolling up your sleeves and be amongst the most selfless people in our town.