My Little Corner of the World

I’ve spent most of the summer in the small Connecticut town where I grew up, and shared little pieces with you in the form of running scenery, blue sky snapshots, restaurants, and lots of local ice cream. But the other day as I was taking a stroll on Main Street, I realized I hadn’t painted a full picture yet. So today’s post is a photo tour of my little corner of the world (does anyone else love that Yo La Tengo song? I first heard it on Gilmore Girls and have enjoyed it ever since. It’s provided the soundtrack for my thoughts lately.)

 

The Cass Gilbert Fountain that greets you as you arrive in town

The Cass Gilbert Fountain greets you as you arrive in town

 

A museum of colonial "living history"

A museum of colonial “living history”…

 

...housed in one of the many centuries-old homes.

…housed in one of the many centuries-old homes.

 

And the other renowned museum, as contemporary as its name suggests

And the other renowned museum, as contemporary as its name suggests

 

The exhibits are always funky, like this one - museums around the tristate area are devoting rooms to each of the Seven Deadly Sins, and the sign points to each of them

The exhibits are always funky, like this one – museums around the tristate area are devoting rooms to each of the Seven Deadly Sins, and the sign points in the direction of each of them

 

Sloth is right here in town

Sloth is right here – 0.01 miles away

 

The sidewalk runs right into the center of town

The sidewalk runs right into the center of town

 

Past stately Victorian homes

Past stately Victorian homes – this is the “Halloween House” because the owners spook it up for the holiday!

 

Deborah Ann's Sweet Shoppe, filled with candy, chocolate and frozen treats

Deborah Ann’s Sweet Shoppe, filled with candy, chocolate and frozen treats

 

They also have other treats, but the frozen stuff is the good stuff

The chocolates and fudge are great, and the ice cream is the good stuff

 

The 'penny candy' jars where I get my sugar fix

The ‘penny candy’ jars where I get my sugar fix

 

Town Hall

Town Hall across the street

 

...no matter the season - SummerFest is a sidewalk sale, and for the first time this year it had a fun theme (shades of Gilmore Girls, am I right?)

SummerFest is a sidewalk sale, and for the first time this year it had a fun theme (shades of Gilmore Girls, am I right?) There are lots of festivals in town year-round.

 

One side of Main Street...

One side of Main Street…

 

...and the other.

…and the other.

 

There are 'history in the streets signs' to mark historic locations, like the site of the 1777 Battle of Ridgefield - or the park!

There are ‘history in the streets signs’ to mark historic locations, like the site of the 1777 Battle of Ridgefield – or the park!

 

Which has a gorgeous gazebo

Ballard Park has a gorgeous gazebo, and today there are weekly summer evening concerts

 

The library is across the way (I came weekly as a kid)...

The library is across the way (I came weekly as a kid)…

 

And the Prospector, a new non-profit movie theater dedicated to providing jobs for the differently abled.

And the Prospector, a new non-profit movie theater dedicated to providing jobs for the differently abled. It’s where I saw Inside Out.

 

 

 

Check out other posts about town here:

A Holiday Stroll in Connecticut (one of my earliest posts!)

All About Deborah Ann’s Sweet Shoppe

The Memorial Day Parade

Dinner at Bailey’s Backyard

Dinner at Luc’s Cafe

Brunch at Tom-Tom’s Restaurant

A scoop at Ridgefield Ice Cream

My birthday dinner and dessert in town

Running trails and common paths

 

 

 

 

Are you from a small town, a big city, or somewhere in between?

Does your town host festivals and parades for the holidays?

 

 

 

 

 

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8 thoughts on “My Little Corner of the World

  1. I love your little corner of the world. It would be so cool to live in a town on the East coast, because there is almost always some sort of historical sites/vintage restaurants to visit. We don’t have as much of that here in Colorado.

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