We have a mall right downtown.
Not a shopping mall.
It is a mall in the sense of the 17th century definition:
a sheltered pedestrian walkway or green.
Other New England towns call spaces like this the Town Common.
In the spring, summer and fall it is a gathering place for everyone.
You can get a hot dog or a wrap or some ice cream, and eat it sitting on a bench
or on the grass while you watch the world go by.
On Fridays, you can shop at the farmer's market.
It is the site for several small town festivals and fairs.
On summer nights, local bands sometimes perform.
And there are a few spontaneous Ultimate Frisbee games
by high school friends who are
just about ready to go their different ways to college.
As soon as it snows sufficiently, the town
banks up snow in a large circle, and floods this rink for all to enjoy.
There are actually a few of these in town.
This one is my favorite.