Avon. April 16, 2022

Day/Date:  SATURDAY – 4/16/22
Towns visited:  Avon
Had we ever been to any of this town before? No 
Drive to town:   28 miles   Time spent in town:   3 1/2 hours

What did we do in the town/area?  
AVON:  (This marks town # 117 which means we have seen 1/3 of the towns in MA! Check out our video for a fun glimpse into our journey so far)

Avon is a tiny town and was our pick for our 117th town which means we have visited precisely one-third of the 351 towns in MA!

On our way into town, we noticed an interesting building across from the Avon Middle High School (grades 7-12th), and it turned out to be the Avon Public Library. It seemed like 3 or 4 narrow buildings that were linked together. We went inside, and it was smaller than it appeared. It was pretty quiet there (like libraries are), so we moved along fairly quickly.

From the library parking lot, we were able to walk over a little bridge to the Town Hall Offices parking lot, so we did that for our usual Town Hall pic. 

We drove along Main St. to see what was going on in the downtown area, and we made a quick stop at a small town park called John DiMarco Park. A sign there states that the area was once the location of an orphanage called the Swedish Lutheran Home for Children in the early 1900s. The park had some Easter decorations and some homemade decorative birdhouses mounted on many of the trees.

We also noted some older historic-looking buildings such as Blanchards Tavern and a picturesque church near downtown Avon. 

We then headed to Olu’s African Market, and we were greeted with such friendliness. A woman came up to us and asked if we needed help, just as we were saying to each other that we should ask for suggestions. We said, “yes” and, she walked us throughout the entire store, explaining different foods and spices and how many people use them. We bought a bunch of stuff, including spices to make pepper soup, chin chin (a Nigerian snacky treat), palm oil, and black-eyed peas. When we asked her name, she said that she was Olu and that her husband had named the store after her. They opened a year ago during COVID! Olu and her husband are Nigerian. We really enjoyed learning about the foods and loved how personable she was. You could tell that the store was a place that brings West African folks living in the area together.  There were two women hugging in the store, having not seen each other in a while.  We hope to go to ‘grandma youtube’ (as Olu put it) to find some delicious recipes!

From here, we ordered lunch from an African restaurant in town called Tambo’s Kitchen. After learning about Egusi sauce from Olu, we decided to order that with chicken to give it a try. We also ordered Nigerian fried rice with chicken which was a good thing because it turns out that we didn’t like the Egusi sauce as much as we wanted to (though the chicken on both dishes was very good!). The main ingredient of the sauce is ground Egusi seeds (a melon grown in West Africa).  It was a real pleasure to discover both these independently-owned businesses.

With Avon being so small, the only thing left to do was head over to the D.W. Field Park to drive around the multiple ponds and walk along some of the trails. Part of the park is in Brockton, and part of it is in Avon. We drove around the whole thing but took our walk in between the Avon reservoir and Beaver Brook. This place is vast, and we enjoyed driving through it all.  It looked like the park is well-used park by the residents of both Avon & Brockton.  We saw people walking, fishing, biking, and sitting by the water.  

Indigenous/ Native land info for this region: Massachusett, Wampanoag, Pokanet

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