Lots of people stopped by at the Summer Festival of the Arts to give a farewell hug to our founding co-director, Liz Hill. Liz is moving to lovely Ajijic, on Lake Chapala, Mexico, where her husband Matt will serve as the minister of the Unitarian Universalist Church.
We are sad to see her go, and we are so grateful for the countless hours of work Liz has done to get us going in the right direction. A lot of what we do is behind the scenes, and Liz has kept the books, written grants, developed our bylaws and our board. She also orchestrated the Slice of Life Storytelling Night at the YWCA, and the publishing of Phenomenal Women: Twelve Youngstown Stories, both meaningful projects that led to profound insights into our community.
We will miss Liz’s generous spirit, bean soup, and wit; on our way to the AWP conference in D.C. we stopped for a coffee, and got out of the car a bit stiff from the long ride, which led Liz to sing, “The old gray mare, she ain’t what she used to be.”
We are also a little jealous. Look at Ajijic, how beautiful! Good journey, friend. We hope to keep Lit Youngstown going in a way that makes you proud.