Karma's When I Feel Like It Blog

July 25, 2013

Summer ‘Round the ‘Ham

Summertime in Wilbraham. A simple small town with simple tastes.
One of our most famous tastes (at least in the northeast):
Home of Friendly's

We feel pretty strongly about ice cream around here. In fact if I ever tell someone I’ve just met where I’m from, they say, “Oh yeah! Home of Friendly’s!” as it so clearly proclaims on the Massachusetts Turnpike. (Click here to see a photo of that proclamation that I took for one of Scott’s assignments way back when) In fact, Friendly’s just set a Guinness World Record to do with ice cream.
A World Record!

I’m not 100% positive, but Friendly’s may have chosen to do this in conjunction with the fact that our town is celebrating its semiquincentenial – 250th anniversary – this year.
There have been a variety of events around town this summer (and had I been aware of Scott’s assignment earlier I might have made more effort to get out and photograph them!) including a parade, a town-wide tag sale, an antique car “hill climb” (sorry Scott, I bet you would have liked to see photos of that!) and there is a picnic/festival still to come this August.

In addition to eating ice cream, we like to go the movies too. This theater is not in Wilbraham, but it is very close to the town line.
I know you can go to the movies any time of year, but we enjoy seeing many of the big summer releases and like going at just about any time of the day since there is no school or work for the girls and me in the summer.

Other things I enjoy about summer happen right here in my own backyard, literally:
pool time
(I tried very hard to use the self-timer on my camera to take a picture of myself lazily floating on that raft, but that was as far as I could get in the 10-second maximum allowed by the timer!)

What’s nicer on a warm summer evening than kicking back like this?

Well, Scott, I don’t think I’ve compelled anyone to book their next summer vacation in the Home of Friendly’s, but I hope you’ve enjoyed a look at summer in Wilbraham!


  1. Love that last pic the best! It is the epitome of a relaxing summer day! I’ve been on vacation all this week, and today is a really good day to do just that ~ hang around the pool with a cold drink ~ and RED toenail polish! LOL!

    Comment by Tamara Eckstadt — July 25, 2013 @ 11:10 am | Reply

  2. When we were back east a few years ago, we stopped at Friendly’s a few times. Loved it. With the temps we’ve been having, a dip in the pool followed by a relaxing sit back with a beer would be heaven!

    Comment by Carol — July 25, 2013 @ 11:22 am | Reply

    • Thank you Carol. Summer seems to have taken a vacation now that I have posted this! It has been rainy and cool for a few days.

      Comment by Karma — July 26, 2013 @ 8:06 am | Reply

  3. This looks so utterly…Friendly! I am feeling the good summer energy here, Karma. 🙂

    Comment by Kathy — July 28, 2013 @ 5:44 pm | Reply

  4. Did your Friendly’s get spared? We lost two in the Syracuse area this week as the independent company that owned them closed them down while selling the rest back to Friendly’s corporation. One I will really miss as it was a nice stop between Syracuse and home.

    Comment by Scott Thomas Photography — July 30, 2013 @ 11:40 am | Reply

    • I think my Friendly’s will always be spared since mine is the one right next door to the cooperate offices and ice-cream making plant! Other near-by Friendly’s have not been as lucky. I can think of at least 2 in Springfield that have been shut down recently.

      Comment by Karma — July 31, 2013 @ 8:29 am | Reply

  5. […] my mind.  Of course, not until I have had a piece of the largest ice cream cake ever made.  See, every worth a trip to Wilbraham especially if I get to swim and enjoy an adult beverage after a bit summer blockbuster […]

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  6. Well done, Karma! You’ve enticed me to come for a visit someday, especially if I can kick back like you in that last photo. 🙂

    Comment by Robin — August 8, 2013 @ 2:11 pm | Reply

    • We’ll have to visit each other – I’d love to get to Maryland some day!
      Thanks Robin

      Comment by Karma — August 8, 2013 @ 8:34 pm | Reply

  7. […] requires much time, work and money be poured into it – literally. The pool and I have had good times. The pool and I have had bad times. Then after all that TLC, the pool just decided to give up on […]

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