January 9, 2021

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The White Horse Tavern has been the “special core” for a small village in England. The only up and running pub in Stonesfield has been a place for gatherings since the 1850’s, until the owner of the pub decided to sell it. Townsfolk have been scrambling to sell personal items and baked goods, and host fundraisers to reach the desired amount to purchase the pub. The impact the tavern had on its people to get together has proved its importance. It is really the only gathering place in the village, so it is crucial to keep the tavern open for business. Just like Stonesfield, Cordova has numerous gathering spots for our residents to meet together. Places like our local cafes/coffee shops have built beautiful memories even if all we’re doing is getting something to eat or drink. Any public place that is so welcoming to let us share a smile and laugh is quite important since our town isn’t as industrial. Cordova’s “special core” would have to be the Cordova Center. Noted for the many events that take place there, from plays and live performances to the Christmas bazaar, the Cordova Center is the driving force that brings friends and families together. The events that happened in the past year has brought a major change to every business in town, especially with the ongoing pandemic. Because of it, more people have to stay indoors, resulting in less people going outside. Even so, we still sense that feeling of togetherness.

 

January 9, 2021

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The special and unique places in Cordova are the hiking spots, the little stores, restaurants, coffee places, and the places for fun get-togethers/camp spots. All these places give a sense of what Cordova has to offer and what makes our town unique. The hiking spots that we have show how beautiful and adventurous Cordova can be, with the view at the end of the trails and the journey during the hike. Our little stores, restaurants, and coffee places like Net Loft, Powder House, Kayak, and the Little Bakery brings a warm welcoming feeling. Places like these are pleasantly aesthetic, it’s where people can be social and feel that they’re welcomed and calm. There are places out the road and some not very far from town that people have fun hanging out and go camping, like Nirvana, Skaters cabin, Hartney bay, One eye pond, Alaganic, and the Gravel pit. Whether we go there to do a bonfire, canoe or kayak, four wheel, camp, or celebrate someone’s birthday, it’s where a lot of us can have fun. It shows what kind of activities we enjoy doing in Cordova and these places are significant in showing what makes our town unique. 

I think our town’s social core is the Community Center. It’s the biggest building in Cordova, and it’s usually the core place in Cordova where everyone goes to. Whether we go there to meet up with someone, to hangout with friends, let your kid run around in the children’s place, play board games, study, read books, or visit the museum. It’s also a place where we place the majority of activities and performances like the tree lighting, plays, concerts, halloween activities, art class, movies, bizarre, etc. Cordova’s social core is the Community Center, and Stonefields social core is the White Horse Tavern. If the Community Center was taken away from us, we would lose Cordova’s social core just like how Stonefield would lose their social core. If we all knew that the Community Center is going to be up for sale like the White Horse Tavern, we would all feel disheartened like the citizens of Stonefield. 

January 9, 2021

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Being such a tight knit community, Cordova is consistently having gatherings that are filled with pure joy. Even during this pandemic, we have found ways to gather – while social distancing – through different community events. Stonesfield correlates strongly with Cordova when it comes to the sense of a strong community. Although we have many places that have much meaning such as: the harbor, the ski hill, the schools, and main street in general holding our parades and 4th of July events. Cordova’s White Horse Tavern is the Civic Center. Yes, it holds our library, our history and artifacts, our City hall, and a theatre but it holds so much more than simply those things. Through the theatre, our Art’s and Pageants board introduces different cultures through music or dance. This is something that I will always find beyond important in people’s lives – diversity and culture. It is not only fascinating to see how people move, speak, or hold themselves in different parts of the world; but it is beyond educating. We get to experience their country through movement and music. The Civic Center holds most of Cordova’s major events which provide a safe social space for anyone to attend. Having not much to do in our little town, whenever there is any sort of event going on there, most people are typically there. If our town were to end up selling the Civic Center, there would be MANY angry people, myself included. Although I doubt we would be able to afford buying it, I’m sure that we would do everything in our power to attempt to get the money much like the town of Stonesfield did.

January 9, 2021

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While Stonefield has their White Horse tavern, in Cordova our “social core” is the high school gym. During a regular year the gym is occupied right after school until late at night with sports practices and for many is a place where they can forget about the stress of daily life. The White Horse tavern is the last pub in Stonefield and while the high school gym isn’t the only gym in town during game nights it truly brings the community together like no other events. The atmosphere during basketball games in the gym is almost unmatched by any nonsporting event and is truly a wonderful experience for the players and the community members. Since the outbreak of the coronavirus the high school gym has been almost inaccessible to the students who would usually have been spending countless hours there but as we have slowly adjusted to living the during the pandemic the gym is opening again. While the White Horse tavern faced being tore down the worst we faced was simply not being able to get in the gym. The people of Stonefield rallied together to raise money in an attempt to buy the tavern before it could be bought by someone else and torn down. Here in Cordova we have had to simply wait patiently until we got permission to participate in sports again. With basketball getting the go ahead to get back in the gym there is bound to be a raise in spirit among those participating even though basketball games are entirely out of the question.

January 9, 2021

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Cordova, similarly to Stonefield, has locations that are sentimental to the community, and that means a lot to all that live here. Just like how Stonefield has it’s cultural hub in the White Horse Tavern, Cordova has it’s in the Cordova Center. This building is where the majority of our community gatherings are held, and is a commonly visited location for all residents. At the Cordova Center, the townspeople can go to the library, which during times without a pandemic is a common place to find people spend their time, and can also go to the museum right across from it that has a lot of our history. Then if you go below you can find a theater where several plays and movies have been done. This is very similar to how the White Horse Tavern is the main gathering place for the people of Stonefield, where they hold such events regularly. This Center has not really been put at risk of shutting down during the pandemic but it has been closed for quite some time due to it, not many people are in the building anymore, and the library and theatre have been quiet for quite some time now. I’m sure many people would be about as upset as the people of Stonefield were if they thought it would be taken away, however, as it is a center for the people of Cordova as a whole. I can already see all the people getting together to fight to keep it open, as this town has a very similar fighting spirit to Stonefield.

January 9, 2021

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We have many places in town where people like to gather. Some of which are the library, Kayak Cafe, and Baja Taco etc. These places give people a safe space and a hang out where they can interact with others. Many kids often go to the library and study or play games together after school. This way they can get their homework out of the way and hang out with friends so it is not too stressful. Kayak Cafe and Baja Taco are two wonderful places to get food or drink and to spend time with people. To my knowledge nothing new has opened up this year, but Kayak Cafe seems to be more popular. Some places that are of great importance to the people who fish are AC value center and Baja Taco because they are usually the main food source for those who fish over the summer. Baja Taco brings many together and has really good food. We do not have a similar situation to the article that I know of, but our community has and still do get together to raise money for our schools and to improve our town as a whole. Because of tourists and the views we tend to have people come and visit or live here enough to where our homes are safe from becoming worth less than before. Hangout wise we have places, but not really a hot spot where everyone goes all the time. We are dependent on our stores and gas station though and without those luxuries we would no longer have a town and would most likely have to move. I do believe that our close little town would be able to pull it off for the love of the town and each other.

January 9, 2021

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Cordova and Stonesfield are both small old towns built around a strong community that would do anything to protect their little piece of paradise. Every place in Cordova has its own special meaning or value to one person or another and every common gathering place in our town is used and appreciated for a multitude of reasons. Prior to the pandemic, I would’ve called the Cordova Center the heart of our community because of its many functions and its public accessibility. However, due to recent events things like movies, meetings, plays, performances, and other various activities have been canceled rendering the Cordova Center impractical, similar to the White Horse Tavern. In the last few months however, I have seen the grassy field(Hollis Henrich’s Park) have an increase of use. The city of Cordova has held public events there such as the 4th of July party which was advertised as “COVID-Smart”, along with city events I have also seen many picnics, get-togethers, and activities happening in the park. Personally, I spent more time there last year than in years past talking with friends and playing games as it was the only place I was allowed to be with people face-to-face. I have always loved the grassy field and seeing it bring our community closer in these unusual times was fantastic. I do however hope dearly for the day that the people of Cordova and the people of Stonefield can go back to their communal places that they all love and hold in their hearts so dearly.

January 9, 2021

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As you know Cordova, Alaska is a small fishing town on the coast of the Prince William Sound. The town relies on natural resources, mainly salmon, to function. The many families, businesses, and canneries depend on the fishing industry to make money. The community holds a sort of “everyone knows everyone” atmosphere where you can walk down the street and recognize each person you see. There are many diverse opinions in Cordova which lead to many political views, but we all seem to agree about one thing, Cordova is a unique and beautiful community full of many wonderful people.

There are many “special places” in Cordova that are unique to our community. Similar to the pub in the article, one of Cordova’s well known and loved restaurants has been put up for sale. The Reluctant Fisherman is a place that holds many memories. From Little League Baseball auctions to Dress to Kill Girl Scout fashion shows, The Reluctant holds a place in Cordova’s heart. Places like the breakwater, Hartney Bay, Skaters Cabin, and tons more are all uniquely Cordova’s. The social core of Cordova is not a place but the people. No matter the location the citizens of Cordova will make our town feel like home. Whether it be at a neck-and-neck basketball game, the Iceworm festival, or even the ski hill, Cordovans will thrive as long as we are together. During the 2020 Covid-19 pandemic Cordova had to find ways to be together while also staying safe. Many community members simply took to their own back yards. The outdoors became our new safe space.

Similar to how the community of Stonesfield, England are fighting for this pub to stay open, Cordovans fight to better our community.

January 9, 2021

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Cordova is unique in the sense that there are many places around the town that you can go to be alone. Breakwater, special spots out Orca road, Nirvana, and other areas are rarely swarming with people during the winter months. It’s a place where you can find solitude, and tuck yourself away in a corner of Cordova. The one place that is hardly ever completely quiet is Mainstreet. At any given time, there are cars lined up down the street, people passing through, or pedestrians slipping and sliding down the icy sidewalks. For as long as Cordova has been around–or as far back as I can gather–Mainstreet has been the hub for people to gather. Many of the festivals we hold take place on Mainstreet: the Fourth of July parade, the Iceworm parade, the annual Christmas tree lighting, the light pole decorating are all things that happen yearly on Mainstreet. More than that, Nichols–the preferred grocery store of many–is hardly ever empty, and the Cordova Center is on Mainstreet as well, which often holds events (in years prior to Covid-19). If anything, the events of the past year have changed Mainstreet not in what happens there but what people go there for. Before, a trip to the grocery store was normal, and now it’s a time to socialize and seek other people’s presence. Walking down Mainstreet, you’re bound to run into someone you know and have a friendly distanced and/or masked conversation. If anything, citizens of Cordova have managed to turn Mainstreet into a place where you can find other people and socialize, and seek normality in a sense. The article reminded me of Cordova by the line, “the day of the visit was overcast and soggy,” which describes the weather here perfectly. I fully believe that if anyone came to Cordova to re-invent Mainstreet, there would be many issues with the locals. Mainstreet is a piece of history, and a social gathering spot for all ages.

January 9, 2021

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I have lived in Cordova for just over five years now and this town has been an amazing home with lo0ts of special places that add character to this small town we call home. When I read the prompt a few that came to mind where the Pioneer and also the Masionic. Having to choose between the two of them however I believe that I would work to save the pioneer. I’m not exactly sure of the history behind the building however I know that inside holds memories of various community gatherings. For example sometime in my first two or three years I remember that Bell got a band of people together to play and they taught a group of people how to square dance and make a fool of themselves while having fun and laughing the night away. These are things that are more valuable beyond measure with people of all ages coming together as a community to have a good time. Every year at iceworm people from the community line up at the front doors of the pioneer to get free ice cream and have fun with their friends and family connecting with members of the community they might not otherwise get the chance to meet. Another thing that happens because of this building is the ability to connect with the history of the town of Cordova because lining the wall is photographs containing memories of past years and the people that have helped build this town into the thriving community it is today.