MEDFIELD is a very active town. The town has the highest amount of residents under the age of 18 in Massachusetts; eighty-five percent of the population is under 45. We are a vibrant little town, always growing in size and new things to do. All four seasons can be enjoyed in Medfield, each offering different indoor and outdoor fun for all in town.
Winter in MEDFIELD brings many activities. Over in Rocky Woods snow lovers enjoy snow shoeing and cross country skiing. Next to â€œForty Acresâ€ park by the Medfield State Hospital is Hospital Hill. Residents gather for great sledding, itâ€™s steep enough to make you scream, but not too steep that the littlest Medfielders wouldnâ€™t go down. Itâ€™s a real blast. On cold, winter days, you can often see citizens ice skating on Kingsbury Pond, which is always cleared off for an impromptu hockey game. During the busy holiday season, you can find local churches and merchants offering hot cocoa and caroling at the Baxter Park tree lighting. Lordâ€™s Department Store, a quaint, vintage store downtown, holdâ€™s their Midnight Madness sale during this time as well. Standing room only! Santa visits Medfield for a spaghetti dinner annually.
For those who like to avoid the outside cold during winter months, there is hope still. There are great things to do indoors all year round. Medfield has many restaurants in town ranging from the very casual Friendlyâ€™s and Noon Hill Grill to the elegance of Zebraâ€™s and Basils. In town breakfast eats include Blue Moon Bakery, offering many organic and expertly crafted food choices, and Donut Express, a favorite local donut shoppe that offers delicious coffee and bakery items. Tic Toc and Dunkieâ€™s as well . Shopping in the newly renovated Shawâ€™s Plaza is a breeze and Marshallâ€™s always has great deals on designer clothing. Letâ€™s not forget Medfield is only a quick 15 minute drive from what I call, â€œthe regions Shopping Destination,â€ Natick. If you canâ€™t find it in Natick, it doesnâ€™t exist. The Natick Collection is a wonderful modern galleria, including stores such as Nordstromâ€™s and Neiman Marcus!
In the springtime you begin to see people all over the Boston area reacquainting themselves with the Charles. Medfield is part of the massive Charles River watershed system, with both the Charles and Stop Riverâ€™s running through Medfield, it is a great place to canoe, kayak and fish. The river valley has a gorgeous annual bloom where millions of vibrant flowers turn the river landscape many shades of purple. Medfield is home to many ponds as well, Cemetery Pond has an annual fishing derby held by the local chapter of the Lionâ€™s club, and Hinckley Pond, the local swimming hole, provides clean, safe summer recreation for adults and children alike. It is also the home of our local swim team, and provides a fantastic playground for the smaller children. The town recreation department offers fun, year round activities for all age groups, from young children to seniors. Metacoment Park is home to our Youth Baseball League where the kids get to play under the bright lights. Metacomet also offers lighted tennis courts, playground, batting cages and fields to practice and play soccer/lacrosse. Both of these parks are walking distance to town. Another popular park is â€œForty Acres,â€ located next to the Medfield State Hospital. The park includes six more baseball diamonds, and three soccer lacrosse/fields.
Summer: Many choose to stay in Medfield for the summer. The Medfield Fire Dept. hosts their annual Chicken BBQ during these hot days. The kids come out to climb on the fire trucks and ambulances, as well as learn valuable fire safety information. The adults have a good time chatting and eating, the firemen know how to cook their chicken, and it is always delicious. For those who do like to escape to Cape Codâ€™s beautiful beaches, itâ€™s only about an hour away. Beaches equally distant are those in Rhode Island. However, the kids can always bike right over to Hinkley Pond for a quick dip in the water.
The annual Medfield Day celebration in the fall brings people from all over the area for a day of free-fun, filled with pony rides, face painting and dunk the principal and fire chief! Great food is served up from the townâ€™s restaurants and cultural organizations. Many local organizations are in town and include: The Lions Club, Darrah Hannah Womenâ€™s Club, CSA, and New â€˜N Town which are often made up of dedicated volunteers. Medfield has loads of open space for walking, hiking, taking out the family dog, and fishing at places like Rocky Woods, Harding Street Farm, and the Wheelock soccer fields, once used by Walt Disney to land his helicopter while vacationing in town.