Psst... I’m not sure if you know this or not, but Nacogdoches actually has a lot of things to do.
One of my biggest pet peeves is hearing somebody blurt out the words, “Nacogdoches is so boring.” First of all, you’re wrong. Second of all, you’re still wrong and probably just a boring person who is not well- rounded. There, I said it. And if you have any complaints, you can usually find me in The Pine Log office. As a woman from a town with a population of 872 and a graduating class of around 70 people, moving to Nacogdoches was a shock, and I greeted opportunities for all of the potential activities with a smile. In other words, Nac isn’t that bad.
Actually, besides the political differences I have with the majority of
East Texans, the region is not that bad and filled with entertainment opportunities. For lack of better words, the phenomena known as “hipsters” have, in a way, helped revitalize blue grass and old country music in the area, along with popularizing (don’t tell them I used that word or it will all go to heck in a handbasket) expensive, artisanal and lowkey shops around Nacogdoches, while in turn gentrifying other parts of the community, but that’s for another article.
I cannot tell you how many times I have wanted to go to an event and couldn’t because it was on the same night as another event. One of the reasons I believe some people say there is nothing to do in Nacogdoches is because none of it appeals to their alcoholic interests. But that shouldn’t even be a problem considering there are several bars, a distillery, brewery and several wineries in and around Nacogdoches, with most of them offering musical entertainment during the weekend.
Workshops teaching new skills are in abundance in this town. If I wanted to learn to make chain mail (the armor, not the weird emails) I could have. Imagine driving down North Street in chain mail you crafted.
All I’m saying is there is a lack of curiosity and good ol’ want-to when it comes to finding entertainment near you. And I understand not everybody likes local music or wants to wear chain mail. But, if you were to look at any kind of bulletin board on campus, do a quick search online for SAA events (which are funded by your tuition), search the Nacogdoches County Chamber of Commerc calendar, or even just walk through campus during tabling times, you would probably quickly find something you are interested in.
I think one of the craziest things I have ever seen in my life— and I’ve seen a woman shove a nail up her nose on a school-sponsored trip—was David Hall’s recent hypnotism show. You haven’t lived until you’ve seen a grown man unknowingly rap the ABC’s. To be honest, it slapped.
But I also understand if you are too scared to attend any of these events if you feel like you don’t understand what the event is about or feel like you don’t belong there. I’m here to tell you, it’s okay to be scared sometimes. Your comfort zone isn’t where the fun stuff usually happens.
So, I encourage you to take a chance and attend an event that you might not usually go to. Meet strangers who are willing to enrich your life with new knowledge and experiences. You just might surprise yourself and find new talents, hobbies and pastimes.