We are happy to present UVIA’s updated website and its new blog The Front Porch. I hope that you'll check back here from time to time as I will attempt to post periodic updates on UVIA happenings, news, and people of interest for all things Unionville. We are very excited to have a new website. Thank you to my friend and colleague Ed Cannata at EMCinteractive for your time and expertise putting this site togther. You are an official Unionville resident now.
Speaking on behalf of all UVIA Board Members, we appreciate your continued support and value your input when it comes to making our public spaces and community events better. We are a small group of local residents who I can honestly say love this town and truly value the traditions and gatherings we create and celebrate with everyone. It's such a pleasure to spend time with them brainstorming ideas, creating events, and having fun. And it’s not a big commitment. The more people who get involved the more fun it gets. If you think you would like to consider being a volunteer or serving on the Board, please contact us. The more the merrier!
Taking a stroll downtown the other night made me once again think of how fortunate we are to have a community with such a genuine hometown feel with good people and businesses to go along with it. Granted we have our traffic issues and some occasional potholes to deal with, but all things considered we are pretty lucky to have a place like Unionville to call home. I have such wonderful and vivid memories of growing up in town. Marching in the Memorial Day parades with the Cub Scouts, running through the underground tunnel at Myrtle Mills, playing pirates in Suburban Park, taking early morning swimming lessons in the very cold Lions Pool, visiting my Naunie after school at the stinky smelling Chase House & Sons felt factory, getting sick on the cobra ride at the Fireman’s carnival, eating grilled cheese at the Old Town Grille, and swimming in a Farmington River with my friends.
Things have changed a bit. But not so much that I get sad longing for the good old days. Instead I get excited about the new downtown streetlight banners, the fireworks that we enjoy every July, seeing our old firehouse get a classic renovation, eating sushi and fine Cajun food and drinking classic cocktails at bars and fine restaurants walking distance from my house, taking in a movie under the stars at Union School, and seeing the excited faces of the kids when Santa arrives on the fire truck at the Jingle Bell Jubilee. Change is good.
With Father’s Day upon us, it reminds me of my amazing dad and how much he has contributed to making Unionville, his hometown since the 1950s, the great place it is. Whether it’s putting up or taking down event signs, creating giant snowmen and stringing holiday lights, selling antiques at museum tag sales, delivering food for the Relay For Life survivor dinner, preparing turkey for the town Thanksgiving meal, jumping in Dunning Lake at the Penguin Plunge, Doing logistics at Unionville Day, watering potted plants around town, or just plain being there for all of us - whenever we need him - day or night - without question or complaint - he just inspires me.
For years every October, he rallied us to help design and create an amazing maze at the Unionville Lions Club for our annual Haunted House to raise money for the visually impaired. For weeks each year he drew up plans, built wall panels, created scenes and signs, wired speakers, collected masks, recruited characters, and supplied motivation in anticipation of our uniquely Unionville horror show. It was hard work but oh what fun.
And sometimes after several nights of playing Dracula when I would inevitably complain about having to sit for hours in a real coffin smeared in white make-up and fake blood screaming myself hoarse, he would always smile and say the same thing.
“Don’t worry Tim, you’ll be just fine. Remember you're making memories.”
Yes dad. You are right. We did and we still are. And it’s a wonderful thing to have and share. Thank you.