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 greets you as you arrive in town
A museum of colonial “living history”…
…housed in one of the many centuries-old homes.
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 in the direction of each of them
Sloth is right here – 0.01 miles away
The sidewalk runs right into the center of town
Past stately Victorian homes – this is the “Halloween House” because the owners spook it up for the holiday!
The chocolates and fudge are great, and the ice cream is the good stuff
The ‘penny candy’ jars where I get my sugar fix
Town Hall across the street
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…
…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!
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)…
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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