The WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge for this week is Today, meaning that the photos couldn’t be from an archive – they actually had to be taken on the day of the post.
So… today was the last sunny day in our local forecast for about week. Taking that into account, I figured this would be the day to take an outdoor walk. I chose the town green in our “downtown” area. I can’t speak for all states, but every town of any size in New England and Upstate New York has a town green, and on that green, most have a Civil War memorial. In our town, the post office is at one end of the green, and the memorial is at the other. So, after checking my Post Office Box, I decided to walk the green to the memorial and back.
On a normal day, is this would be a quiet, uncluttered walked down lovely paths lined with benches and trees. Today was different. This is the week of the annual “Carnival on the Green,” kicking off town summer activities. The baseball field at the corner of the green was lined with port-a-potties for the occasion, and the green was very cluttered indeed! (Click photos to enlarge them!)
The carnival is only open at night, but all of the rides and booths sit on the green for the duration. So, our town bandstand was obscured by the quiet closed carnival skeleton as I took my walk. I felt a little like I was wandering around in a place I shouldn’t be! Eerie!
I finished my walk and went home, but my inner child felt a little like I’d missed the best part, so I went back tonight – dodging kids with cotton candy, parents with strollers, and teen couples with eyes only for each other. And I experienced the living carnival – noise, lights, smells and all, right there in the middle of our little bustling town green. Fun!