Located at the exact center of a line running from Route 128 to Route 495 on route 109 is a small dormitory town known as Medfield. It is a beautiful town with above national average income. The homes are modestly expensive; the lawns are well cared for; and the streets are well maintained.
One would be hard pressed to find cars packed on the streets except in the so-called downtown area, which has just four stoplights. The Medfield one sees, as one drives along, is one inhabited by plush green lawns, young (30 – 50) men and women and of course their younger offspring. That is also the Medfield one hears of or reads about in newspapers. Very highly achieving students in MCAS or in lacrosse, or track and field, or golf. It is a highly sought-after town.
It has almost no crimes to talk about.
This is not the Medfield I will like to write about.
I am interested in the other side of Medfield. The one inhabited by the older generation, the parents of the 30-50 something’s. They meet at an out of the way place called The Center at Medfield on Ice House Road. It is a place where your GPS cannot get you. You can get there only if you know where it is.
But it is bubbling place, full of senior activities and seniors.
Even though I have lived in the town for 31 years, I did not discover this busy place until last year and even then by accident. I had previously been there on occasions to vote but I did not know what else went on there. Until I got sick and needed a ride.
I was advised to call the Council on Aging (COA) for help, which I did. COA provided me with a driver. My driver asked if I knew about the “Center” which I did not. I explored and discovered that there is a bustling place tucked away in the town, but where an old person would have more fun than exists in Las Vegas. I have since made the “Center” my second home.
In the next several weeks/months, I will be providing you with stories from Medfield’s Council on Aging events. I will make the center my “beat.” We will explore events that Director Roberta Lynch and her staff are providing, not only to Medfield seniors, but to those from Dover, Walpole, West Roxbury, Millis and neighboring communities. They even have managed to engage Medfield youths and youth organizations such as the Girls Scouts, the band and other youth organizations.
We will explore some clubs that function at this place such as ROMEO, the Book Club, etc, and teams that have been established like the BOCCE team, the Card Teams, etc. We will explore many opportunities for improving one’s brain power: like Egyptology classes, expedition tours, puzzles’ competition/cooperation. We will discover the many ways one can exercise ranging from aerobic, to mat and chair yoga to dancing.
We will even venture into social events like monthly birthday celebrations and summer cook outs.
It will be fun.
Benjamin Obiajulu Aduba