Small towns. John Mellencamp wrote a song about them. Some who are born and raised in a small town love it, others find it boring and can’t wait to “escape”. Some lament there’s nothing to do in a small town. But that’s not necessarily true. Take Suffield, for instance. There are lots of activities available if we just seek them out. Many are free and close by, but sometimes we don’t take advantage of them. Now that summer is officially here, get out of the house and explore our town!
Take a walk on Main Street, there are always changes going on with the homes lining this beautiful thoroughfare. Many of the houses are very historic as noted by a plaque on them. Visit the Phelps Hatheway House and Garden, a wonderful 18th century house and museum. Continue south on your walk and cross over to the King House Museum, built in 1764. Or take a walk in your neighborhood, you might be lucky enough to meet a new family that moved in recently.
Hilltop Farm has an amazing barn and the opportunity to hike and perhaps spot the resident eagles! Grab your bike or just hike the Canal Trail along the river to Windsor Locks. Sunrise Park is great for picnics as well as hiking or just relaxing by the pond. There are tennis and basketball courts by McAlister Intermediate School, call some friends and go play!
Take advantage of the Farmer’s Market on the green on Saturdays. Buy some produce you’ve never eaten and find a recipe for it. Check out the monuments in the center of town to learn a bit of Suffield history. Visit the library and check out their programs.
Call a friend you haven’t seen in awhile or someone you’ve met recently and go out to lunch at one of our local restaurants.
But don’t sit at home and complain about being bored!