Ben (a.k.a Elvis) was in the Norwich High School talent show last night, along with many other talented students. I think the whole town showed up.
I left right after his beat boxing act- it was 9:00 P.M. and Silas and Dorothy had to get to bed. But as I braved the bitter cold to go home, I got to thinking about this little town. I have mentioned it is miles from anywhere: the mall, the interstate, an airport, a major city. But Norwich holds its own.
Here are my top ten things about Norwich.
10. No traffic. Zero. Nada. None.
9. As a result of #10, you can pick up four kids from three different locations in ten minutes.
8. The YMCA is the hub of the community.
7. The Gus Macker Tournament in the summer (www.macker.com). Any town would benefit from an event like this, but for small towns like Norwich, it is a real boost.
6. New York State Parks. Head out in any direction, and you will find a beautiful lake in a serene setting. We go almost every day in the summer, and it keeps all ages happy.
5. It's only an hour from Cooperstown and the Baseball Hall of Fame (www.baseballhall.org). Living in New York when you're a Red Sox fan has its challenges, but the Hall of Fame has sufficient Red Sox memorabilia.
4. The talented kids. Last year, the high school did Les Misérables. I had never seen it before, but afterwards I hurried out to buy the CD, only to discover the kids in the high school play were better. The next weekend, Norwich High School presented Phantom of the Opera. Only 68 schools in the world have done it. Enough said.
3. The good restaurants. At first I was surprised by the quality of restaurants in this little town. Now I have come to expect nothing less. When everything else is an hour away, it is refreshing to know that good food is just down the hill.
2. The support the town shows the students. Whether a sporting event, band concert, or theater production, like last night's talent show, it is often standing room only.
1.The neighborly folks. When we had an attic fire shortly after moving here, my neighbor showed up with dinner and goodies. When I miscarried two days later, half my church showed up with dinner and goodies. It was one of our worst weeks for sure, but the people around here made it more bearable.
While living in a small town can have its disadvantages, I have learned no matter where you live, if you look for the good- good people, good food, good fun, you can find it. Even if everything else is an hour away.
See you Monday.