A Concrete Fairy Tale

Karen Gettert Shoemaker

Monday, December 13, 2021
A Concrete Fairy Tale

Once upon a time there was a bank, a Cornhusker Bank branch, to be exact, on the corner of Fairfax and North Cotner in the fair prairie town of Lincoln Nebraska. The bank was in a building that once was a house and it retained the charm of that original state, with a fireplace, a balcony, and a center staircase open on all sides. It was, by all accounts, beloved by its workers and customers and all who wandered inside. Then time and technology called for changes in service and all that was inside the house that made it a bank was carefully packed up and moved away. (To 84th and O, for those of you wanting specific real-life details, but that phrase doesn’t fit the fairy tale rhythm I’m going for here, so I offer it only parenthetically. Now back to the story.)

As fate would have it, there was a dreamer driving by when the news was announced that the house would be looking for others to love it. That dreamer had already had her eye on that house, its parking lot, and excellent location, so it took but a moment to decide the match of the dreamer and the house was one for the ages. In July of this year, the house that was a bank became a place for writers - strictly online for a while, but not to worry! Soon the house that became a writers’ place will be open for in-house events of all sorts, from workshops to readings and meetings and various good times. It may be taking more time than we’d hoped, but construction is progressing in such satisfying leaps, it’s easy to believe this dream is for keeps.  And that my dear friends, is a fairy tale we can all believe in.

Just to sprinkle a little believing dust on you, check out the photos on our Facebook page of the drive-through lanes being turned into an outdoor patio floor! Picture yourself at a table there, writing your next novel or poem. Or maybe just reading a book, enjoying the company of others.

Stay with us folks, we’re all going to make this happen!

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