Autumn in the North Cemetery.

Sixty miles west of Boston, Massachusetts there is the small New England town of Sturbridge. Located at the junction of I-90 (The Mass Pike), and I-84 it has become known as the "Crossroads of New England". The town was first settled over 300 years ago, and like other small New England towns it has grown just enough over the years to be in a difficult place today. How do we embrace the future without forgetting how we got to our present? How do we attract the right kind of growth, and maintain who we are? And, what about our culture out here in Central Massachusetts?

These pages will cause one to think about how to protect what we have, our future direction, and how to move on in the very best way.

Those thoughts, and other ramblings, will hopefully inspire more thought, conversation, action, and occasionally a smile...

...seems to be working so far

Saturday, September 13, 2008

Time To Make New Memories

When a small town looses a landmark, such as Rom's Restaurant, it looses a part of itself. I know, it sounds cliche, but it is true. The memories, people, and "forever-ness" of places we have grown up with becomes a part of us as well.

The recent closing of Rom's hit a nerve in folks here in town, and although it was with us for well over 50 years, it was one of those things that we figured would just go on forever. The dining room, the Wednesday buffet, the take-out window, and the functions are memories now. There is a large hole to fill now.

Rom's came of age when family dining was so much a part of our culture. Before the drive up window, or fast food counters, restaurants like Rom's catered to families, and served real food from large menus. Today, grabbing a sack of burgers, or chicken pieces and tossing it on the kitchen table is more of our idea of "eating out".

The family that owned and ran Rom's restaurant for all theses years closed after a long successful run on Main Street. Time for them to move on, and enjoy what other things life has to offer, and time for us to say, "Thank you".

Word has it the next generation will open another restaurant in town at what was the Hearthstone Bed & Breakfast and serve a menu similar to Rom's.

Time to make new memories, and maybe, introduce our children to the fine art of dining out at a table with a table cloth.

I can't wait.

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