Life in a Small Town

spacer Life in a small town may be thought boring.   But it's not true.  And they don't roll up the sidewalks at night, either.   It is truly astonishing what can go on in a town with only two traffic lights.  
Prove it?  You bet!

The Recreation Park at the end of Johns Street really comes alive in spring and summer.   There are baseball diamonds, tennis, and horseshoe courts, a new skate park, swings, picnic tables, and barbecue stands all jumping with kids, parents and doting grandparents.   Additional tennis courts are available at the high school athletic fields on Dickson Street.   As an extra attraction, the park features a two-mile fairyland boardwalk through the woods, a joy in spring, summer or fall.   In the fall, football is king.  Crazy about golf?   Wellington has two very good golf courses just a few miles from town.   In the winter High school basketball is popular.   Wellington has many enthusiastic bowling leagues.   The Town Hall hosts volleyball teams.

Wellington is fortunate to have Findley State Park only two miles away.   With a Canadian forest-like setting, it has grown from one picnic area on The Point to encompass all but the deepest park area.   The popular camping, area has grown throughout the years from 10 campsites to more than 250.   Throughout the park, new toilet facilities have been added.   The 90-acre lake and boat ramp draws boaters and fisherman.   The beach, nestled in a cove, draws thousands to this beautiful site.   The swimming area is a big draw during the summer on hot, sunny days.   Findley Park has several hiking trails over hill and dale that are popular in all seasons.   The peace and quiet of these trails is therapeutic.

There are the seasonal activities such as the Lorain County Fair.   Oh, the fair!  What joys in August - seven days of hurdy-gurdy, stage shows, judging, horse racing, and the food! No matter how old you are - it's the fair!

Wellington holds a Fourth of July celebration in the greenery of the Village Park featuring antique autos, games for kids, and a big parade, which each year seems to get bigger and better.   It is highlighted by a real "Spirit of '76" trio.   You, your neighbors and friends produce all the events.

In September, there is a Harvest of the Arts, which fills the park from one end to the other with crafters.   The weather is usually good and the Harvest draws a big crowd.

Wellington has a Christmas Parade, which can be small or large depending on the interest and the weather.   Afterwards everyone gathers in the Town Hall for further entertainment.

Wellington Town Hall The venerable Town Hall, Wellington's trademark, overlooks the park and is considered a classic example of how not to design a building.   But Wellington is still proud of this "grand old lady".  

Wellington has a fine museum open Saturdays and Sundays, April through October.   The museum, one of the finest in the state, has grown from one floor to three and features the work of native son Archibald Willard who painted the famous "Spirit of '76" depicting a fife and three drummers of the Revolutionary War.   The museum has added heat and air conditioning and an elevator to make it handicap accessible.   Its guest register carries names from all over the United States.

So you like to go shopping?  There's not the variety there used to be when Wellington was a "Saturday Night Town" with busy stores and shoppers.   The movie theatre is long gone, but the town is still lively enough.

Interested in antiques?  Wellington has several such well-stocked stores.   Also count: a computer store, Navarre's Appliances, a giant sized Farm and Home store occupying two buildings, an auto supply store, florists, grocery stores, a furniture store, a quilt supply shop, Discount Drug Mart and Rite Aide, barber shops and hair salons, wallpaper, arts, health, and train stores, Implement stores, three auto dealerships, tire centers and much, much more!   Our Industrial Park hosts heavy industry.   All of these businesses create a wealth of employment opportunities within the corporation limits of our Village.

So you like to eat out!  We've got that covered too.   In town there's Fort's Old Town Tavern, Stillwater Creek, The Wellington Inn, Cecil's Diner, Bernie's, four Pizza places, a Chinese restaurant, Subway, Ponderosa, McDonalds, Burger King and Dairy Queen.

Wellington doesn't lack for churches.   The original churches were Baptist, Methodist, Congregational, Catholic and Church of Christ.   President to be, James Garfield served the latter in the 1800's.   The church scene has grown over the years from five to fourteen and now serves most all faiths.   Church bells do ring on Sunday morning in Wellington.

The town is justifiably proud of its excellent Library on the square, an unnaturally large library for a town the size of Wellington.   It has videos, tapes, computers, records, magazines, a children's lounge area, a fireplace, an elevator, reading machines, and much more.

If you a senior citizen, there's plenty to do, including a senior citizen club which meets monthly.   They also enjoy bingo, bowling, golf and taking planned trips out of town.

When it comes to "club business", the town has a Kiwanis Club, an Eagles Club, an American Legion, a Masonic Lodge, Veterans of Foreign Wars and an Am Vets.   Some not only meet but also have dinners and dances open to the public.   Several have lady's auxiliary groups.

Do you have a gripe or suggestion?   Village Council and School Board meets twice a month.   Attendance and input to either is appreciated.

Do you have children?   Wellington schools are excellent and have children's programs regularly which are well attended.

And finally, if all else fails, when the weather is nice, take a ride through peaceful and beautiful Greenwood Cemetery, stroll though the historic Pioneer Cemetery of West Herrick Avenue or simply get out that old standby, the bicycle, and ride leisurely around town to enjoy the pleasant sights.