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
Wednesday, October 22, 2008
Time To Relax And Reconnect On The Common
Annual events like the Harvest Festival are important for small towns. Timing is important, too. Traditionally, when the work of the planting season is over, and the harvest is done, we can let our hair down, relax, and enjoy the "fruits of our labor". This is why many country fairs occur at the end of summer, and in the fall.
Gatherings like this aren't so much to buy dried flowers from the vendors, or wind chimes made from whiskey bottles, they are a chance to reconnect with the village. The rush of the summer is over; vacations are memories, summer projects completed, and the kids are back to school. Finally, we can gather the clan, pile into the car and head to the Common to seek out those we have missed for the past few months.
One last meeting before the holidays creep in and take over our lives, and winter settles around us causing us to hunker down til Spring.
We met some folks that we had not seen in a very long time on the Common over the weekend. We caught up with what they've been up to, remarked how their children have grown, and celebrated their successes.
It was a good, and necessary break from the routine, and allowed us to restock on hand salve made from bee's wax, maple syrup made just up the street, and see friends we've not seen in some time.