Local gems

Here are some of the things that make Bridgewater special, in no particular order:

The Lawn Party. It may look like an ordinary summer fair, but it’s part carnival, part food fest and a whole lot of steam and gas engines.

Bridgewater College. This is a liberal arts college with friendliness and character offering many cultural events and other opportunities otherwise unavailable in a town this size.

Wildwood Park (video tour). This is a riverside park with a suspension bridge, a picnic shelter, and spectacular views of the North River.

Edgebriar Park (video tour). A gem of a small park with a recirculating water garden.

Free Par 3 Golf. Sandy Bottom Park offers a free par-3 golf course in season. Located next to the North River, the course features mature trees and forgiving fairways.

North River Library. Located next to Oakdale Park, the library features a well-maintained collection and special programming.

The Rockingham Male Chorus. Founded in 1966, this group of volunteer musicians from a variety of careers welcome the opportunity to travel and to sing the gospel of Christ. David MacMillan serves as director; check the group’s concert schedule and ordering information on CD’s and tapes.

Little League. A youth baseball-softball program with adult leadership that really knows the game. Home fields are at Oakdale Park.

Ashby Pool. Operated by the Ashby Recreational Association, this membership-based facility is open Memorial Day to Labor Day. Find out about membership and other details at ashbypool.com.