Friday Favorites

–by Donna Mitchell

I realized after my previous week of blogging that I had not mentioned that my favorite clothing store, Christopher and Banks, can be found right here in River City (at the Fox Run Mall in Newington).

Just a note about this coming season’s favorite dessert: ice cream, which has always been a favorite for our family during any season, much more than cake, which often has to be a la mode to be palatable. I think I mentioned last time that black raspberry is one of Terry’s and my favorite flavors, unique to New England.

One of our family’s favorite seasonal places to buy ice cream is Lago’s, which is on Lafayette Road, a short distance south of State Street Discount (a good appliance and big tv showroom, by the way). They have a mind-boggling selection and huge servings. I get the baby size and it is more than enough.

Another seasonal favorite is Kimball Farm, a hugely expanded ice cream stand that we found out about almost 30 years ago when Terry was stationed at Hanscom Air Force Base (by Concord, MA) and we attended the Littleton 1st Ward. You sort of have to be heading toward Worcester and points beyond for it to be on your way to somewhere, but it’s worth a trip just for itself. In addition to between twelve or thirteen windows to order your ice cream (made right there), it has a country gift shop, seafood shack, driving range (on the old cow pasture which used to have cows when we discovered it), miniature golf, bumper boats, batting cages, a game arcade and sometimes balloon rides. On some nights during the summer they have vintage car shows with oldies music, though we have never attended so I don’t know much about this. Kimball Farm is located at 400 Littleton Road, Westford, MA. You take Interstate 495 to either exit 32 (Carlisle Road in Westford, closer to us) or 31 (Route 119/Great Road in Littleton, farther south). From both exits, head east and turn on Route 110 which parallels Interstate 495. If you take exit 32, head south; from exit 31, head north. The complex is somewhat closer to exit 31, which has a sign for Kimball Farm, proving that it is a major tourist destination, helpful if you miss the first exit. As of yesterday, all the attractions are now open. This is another place where you should not order the large.

Now that Friendly’s has closed its Portsmouth and Exeter stores, the closest one is in Dover. There is also one in Salisbury, just across the Merrimack River (just off Interstate 95 on Route 110 heading west, the first thing you come to on the left/south side of the road). Terry grew up with Friendly’s, which started in Springfield, MA and had a plant in West Springfield, his home town, before they moved it to Wilbraham (which has a big spotlighted hedge on the Mass Pike spelling out the word Friendly’s). They have meals as well as ice cream; the best deal is the senior menu, where you can order from six items at a reduced price which also includes a Happy Ending Sundae for dessert. Eat your hearts out, whippersnappers!

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One Response to “Friday Favorites”

  1. portsmouthwardwomen Says:

    I meant to say between twelve and fifteen windows. Between twelve and thirteen is twelve and a half, not the necessary whole number needed (sorry, mathematicians).

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