Only in Northampton ❥ We ‘Like’ Living Here

Mash Notes to Paradise by Sarah Werthan Buttenwieser

We ‘Like’ Living Here

A few weeks ago, my ten year-old-son and I walked back from town toward our house along Elm Street. We do this on a fairly regular basis. A woman stopped us and inquired whether we knew where the Campus Center was, specifically the loading dock. We pointed and explained and asked why she needed the loading dock. She explained that she was on campus for a weaving conference and needed to load her wares in; she was a vendor. We nodded and wished her luck at the conference.

“Only in Northampton do you give directions out for the weaving conference,” my ten-year-old remarked as we continued on our way. He was grinning ear-to-ear with amusement about his little town…

I posted his observation on Facebook, with the commentary that I felt we’d indoctrinated him into our sensibility that we live in as sweet and charmingly eccentric a place as exists in the real world. My friend, Megan, writes a blog somewhat occasionally about our town, Life in the Little City. We, fans of Northampton, we’re out there.

Someone on that thread suggested a Facebook page for Only in Northampton notables. I thought that’d be fun. Less than five minutes later, it was up and running. Click and like. Join 700+ folks tickled by the little bit of Paradise we call ours.


Sarah Werthan Buttenwieser

Sarah is a writer, who lives in Northampton with her husband and four children. She contributes to Preview Massachusetts Magazine, as well as other publications and writes a parenting blog Standing in the Shadows at the Valley Advocate. She moved to the Valley to attend Hampshire College—and found the Valley such a nice place, she stayed!

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