Noticed Around Brattleboro – Summer 2018

Time for another “Noticed Around Brattleboro,” where little things about the town are noticed and recorded for posterity. This edition starts off with some special nature-loving observations:

– Nude man walking.  On Tuesday afternoon I was on my way to the train station to pick up a visitor. Coming down Canal Street I caught sight of a naked man walking up the hill. He was probably in his late 60’s, had a beard, and was walking happily, confidently, and totally naked.

He crossed the street from the Co-op side of things, opened a car door, and hopped in.

Note to nude man – you were violating Brattleboro’s ANTI-NUDITY ordinance. Despite what rumors you may have heard, the Town outlawed this a few years back. Sorry. Other Vermont towns aren’t quite so Puritanical on this issue, so you may have to wander clothes-less elsewhere.

General question – why is it always old nude men? (Where are the old nude women?)

– Bunny at the station.  I thought the nude man was the impressive sighting of the afternoon, but I was wrong. While waiting at the station, I saw a rabbit. I never see rabbits in town. This one was hopping toward us from the far end of the platform. It would stop and nibble on things,  but then it just turned around, sat there, and seemed to wait for the train. Maybe a cousin from Windsor Locks?  (There was also a chipmunk running along the tracks and quite a few birds down there.)

– Fireworks were great! Just a note that this year’s fireworks were outstanding. It was as if finale-quality shells were the only ones being launched. Nothing was small or boring. Lots of sizzle, too. And it seemed like an extra dose of green in the sky, too. (I suspect that Brattleboro’s #1 Fourth of July fan, Tim O’Connor, was smiling at us from above.)  And no drone blocking the view!

What else is there?

Comments | 5

  • July 4th, Fast Eddie's, Market 32

    I want to second the kudos to the Brattleboro Goes Fourth committee for another great Independence Day here in Brattleboro. They ordered the perfect weather, the parade was great (and reasonably comfortable from any shady spot along Main) and the fireworks were truly spectacular. Thank you for giving us a great day!

    As for things I’ve noticed around Brattleboro, there’s the construction at Fast Eddie’s drive-up restaurant on Putney Road. They appear to be building a new dining area next to the original building, thus doubling their size. (I was just happy to see them reopen but the expansion was not expected.)

    Also noticed that Price Chopper on Canal Street is now calling itself Market 32, and they’ve substantially spiffed themselves up to go along with the new branding. For those seeking a mainstream alternative to the increasingly annoying Hannaford store (IMO), Market 32 might be an option to consider.

    And finally, although this happens every year, I did want to call attention to the song of the Wood Thrush which can be heard from most of the woods around Chestnut Hill. If you’ve heard a slightly echo-y “tweedle – tweedle dee!’ emanating from the greenery, it was probably this seldom scene thrush.

  • First cicadas

    I heard the drone of the first cicada of the year on Solar Hill on Tuesday morning.

  • adding

    New burrito place, Market32, and Yalla seem officially open.

    The former Mole’s Eye space is available and has what I think is a new lit sign on High Street.

    Big orange plastic fence around the Retreat grounds.

  • shiny happy reflects thingies

    Reflective sticker flaps added to Putney Rd near Marina, to help further define a safe area for pedestrians and bikes.

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