101 Reasons I Love My Little Town

I tell my friends who aren’t from my little town that it is the Center of the Universe.  They always start out thinking I’m kidding, but after a few immersions in Little Town-ess, they become disciples.  So here, then, are my 101 reasons for loving my little town:

  1. I live less than 5 minutes away from not one, but two grocery stores.
  2. I live less than a mile away from 6 bars.
  3. Every bar and restaurant is smoke-free.
  4. Beer sales increased 20% the year after the bars went smoke-free.
  5. I can walk home from aforementioned bars safely, because we have sidewalks.
  6. And walking trails. All the way through town–/diagonally/.
  7. The walking trails go through several parks, a wetland and a historic cemetery.
  8. The dog park has a complete agility course and 2 actual fire hydrants for canine relief.
  9. We also have dog racing. No, nothing cruel, just our Annual Dachshund Derby with tiny wiener dogs racing around like clowns. Yes, it is a sanctioned race (betcha didn’t know that Dachshund racing was so competitive) .
  10. The dog park is just one of 10 parks in our Little Town.
  11. One of our parks even has a Challenge Course and a Frisbee Golf Course.
  12. The train goes through town twice a day too, woo woo!
  13. The Historic Artcraft Theatre has new “classic” movies at least 2 weekends a month.
  14. Movies are only $5 for adults, less for kids and seniors.
  15. Before each movie we all stand up and sing The Star Bangled Banner with our hands over our hearts (unless you are in the Military, then you salute).
  16. They also have film festivals, like one for Hitchcock and another for B-movies.
  17. The popcorn served at the Artcraft is grown less than 5 miles away. Yummy!
  18. When you are the Cartoon Sponsor at the Artcraft, they let you chose the cartoons.
  19. And when you are the Concession Sponsor, you get to pick the “Featured Candy of the Month”.
  20. We have, not one, but two destination restaurants.
  21. I’m local so I can go to these restaurants during the week when they aren’t as busy.
  22. At one of the destination restaurants, they serve blood orange mimosas and
  23. homemade Bloody Marys.
  24. The other restaurant is located conveniently on the way home from the Dog Park.
  25. And they don’t mind dogs on the patio there.
  26. Actually, lots of the restaurants don’t mind dogs on the patios, as long as they have a patio.
  27. We have at least 3 great places in town to get pizza and none of them are chains.
  28. When you stop by the local bank, you can actually stick your head in and say “hi” to the bank president and
  29. he knows your name and will ask you about your spouse, your dog or your garden.
  30. Lots of people have gardens, because in the older sections of town the yards are huge (1/2 acre lots)
  31. Some people sell their produce at the Farmer’s Market.
  32. I like to go buy locally raised honey and plants there.
  33. There is also a guy who makes and sells great hot sauce.
  34. The town owns a recreation center that has top-notch gym & workout equipment.
  35. The annual family membership is less than $150 a year!
  36. The indoor walking track is nice in the winter and
  37. the rock climbing wall is in the lobby.
  38. They also have child care and lots of fitness classes.
  39. Many wedding receptions are held in the hall that is attached.
  40. The town pool (aquatics center) shares the parking lot and has
  41. huge slides and water features.
  42. The Library is just across the street and within a mile of my house.
  43. I live less than 1/2 mile from the local college.
  44. It was named after Ben Franklin, on of my favorite American figures.
  45. With only 1000 students, you don’t get the weird town vs. gown stuff.
  46. In fact, the town loves the gown (and vise versa).
  47. Lots of the college staff and faculty serve on non-profit boards,
  48. volunteer for various community projects and
  49. involve their students in the town.
  50. The students also live less than a mile from 6 bars. 🙂
  51. Our Courthouse is beautiful and the clock still works.
  52. There are at least 4 different sets of bells that ring during various parts of the day.
  53. The courthouse chimes on the hour.
  54. The college and several churches have songs and hymns that play at various hours.
  55. If you time your walk right, you can walk half way through town listening to the bells ring.
  56. The Post office is open until 7 pm on weekdays.
  57. People move away to go to college and come back to raise their kids.
  58. Our house is still named after the people who lived here 25 years ago.
  59. People tell us stories about the things they did at our house before we lived here.
  60. And the pranks the played on the mean man next door,
  61. who hasn’t lived there for more than 25 years.
  62. On the flip side, I love that an older gentleman, who has lived here most of his life and is developmentally challenged, is welcome at every restaurant in town (and given free drinks),
  63. greeted and spoken to by townspeople and
  64. given meaningful volunteer work. It’s a conspiracy of caring.
  65. Our town was once a stop on the Underground Railroad.
  66. Some of the tunnels and hiding places still exist and you can see them
  67. on the Halloween tours that are given during October (if you wouldn’t rather go down the road to the Corn Maze at the Dairy Farm).
  68. When you stop at an intersection in our town, 25% of the time someone will wave you through first, even if you weren’t the first to arrive. Seriously, it happens to me at least once a day.
  69. If you happen to be walking your dog on one of our sidewalks or trails, don’t be alarmed if folks honk “hello” to you. It takes some getting used to.
  70. I only live .9 miles away from a frozen custard shop. Enough said.
  71. We have dancing (and drinking) in our streets during Fall Festival.
  72. In fact we have often dance to Polka Boy (don’t be a hater, if you haven’t heard them).
  73. People come from out of town with their travel trailers so they can live in our town, even if it’s only for a few days during the festival.
  74. After our town flooded, everyone (even if their home flooded) helped out their neighbors and friends.
  75. Several flooded businesses were re-opened within days because of the outpouring of help.
  76. You can tell it is Sunday during the Summer, because the Harley’s start driving through town about 9 am.
  77. Which means you can get up and go to one of our 40 or so churches.
  78. Or sleep in a bit more and still get to brunch before the Baptists get out of church at 11 am.
  79. If you go out to dinner on Friday night to the right restaurant, you can take care of 2 business referrals, make 1 charity ask and get invited to 3 special events.
  80. Gay couples move to our town (although they still appear to be outnumbered by the heterosexual couples) because we’re so friendly.
  81. We have an annual pub crawl (see aforementioned bars again).
  82. Last year my “Pub Crawl Team” had 125 members and wore neon green shirts.
  83. They just finished a beautiful new National Guard Armory,
  84. they will be “breaking it in” by hosting a number of Galas and other fundraising events.
  85. We are only about 10 miles away from Camp Atterbury.
  86. It is one of only two camps in the US that provide training to personnel immediately before deployment to Iraq or Afghanistan.
  87. Indiana also has one of the highest per capita rates of National Guard troops in the country, so
  88. we see lots of uniforms in our community.
  89. Folks thank them for serving (and have been known to by them drinks, reference the bars again).
  90. We have just enough chain restaurants to keep visitors happy.
  91. They are all along the Main Highway.
  92. Not in our downtown, which is thriving and growing.
  93. At the 4-H County Fair each year, a group of local businessmen make sure that every last 4-H animal that is put up for auction is purchased.
  94. Sometimes they stay there for 6-7 hours pooling their money and bidding on animals so that every single 4-H kid walks away with some cash.
  95. We have at least three parades a year.
  96. They all last more than 45 minutes (the Fall parade was over an hour).
  97. If you are a child you need to bring a grocery bag to hold all of your candy (you should also share it with adults near you).
  98. At Christmas time we put lights on our Courthouse and we’re outside in the cold for hours listening to children sing and dance and we go riding in horse-drawn carriages (we used to have a trolley, but there was a freak trolley accident).
  99. Hundreds of people come out for all the fun (not the accident, it wasn’t fun, but it sounds funny).
  100. All this and we are only 20 minutes away from the center of the 12th largest city in the country.
  101. We are the Center of the Universe!
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7 responses to “101 Reasons I Love My Little Town

  1. Um, yeah, we’re moving to Franklin, lol!

  2. Alex Whitaker

    I would agree….it’s gotten even more awesome than Whiteland 🙂

  3. Teresa

    I loved living in Franklin, but I don’t think it is a little town. I live in a little town. Franklin is a big, little town!!

  4. I am sold! Franklin would be a nice place to live!

  5. Craig Wells

    Reason #102: We have great people like Jill Bode living here!

  6. www.hazelmwalker.com

    Is there a mall? Good post Jill.

  7. Deb Walton

    I like to visit almost every weekend. And Hoosiers played at the Artcraft last weekend.

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