“Nothing to Do” ~ Says Who?

“There’s nothing to do in Brockton.” Not to be cliché, but if I had a nickel for every time I heard someone say that, I’d be a millionaire. You get the idea. Maybe it’s because I have a mother who seems to find something to do in Brockton every single weekend, whether it’s snowing, raining or tornado-ing out. You may not know Janet Trask by name, but she’s pretty much universally recognized as “The Camera Lady.” You may have seen her taking pictures at events like the Huntington School Parade, the NAACP Christmas Party, the Mayor’s Youth Summit, the Mentor Recruitment Rally, Global Youth Service Day, along with Brockton Public Library Breakfasts, Brockton Interfaith Community celebrations, various Brockton High School plays and musical shows, Brockton Historical Society programs, church gatherings and block parties, to name a few.

But I digress. Whether or not you know the Camera Lady, I think there’s something to be said for her willingness and excitement in embracing all that Brockton has to offer. Hopefully you’re not thinking to yourself, “What does Brockton have to offer?” But just in case you are thinking that, I’ll have to give a small, tiny example to prove my point. Let’s take a look at this Saturday’s agenda in Brockton:

For Youth

  • Kid Road Races – These have been going on since I was a kid and anyone 14 and under can participate for $1.00 each week. Plus, if you participate in five or more races, you get a t-shirt and a trophy! If you’re too old to participate in these, you could still enjoy the festivities and the park itself, maybe even have a picnic. Just try not to be jealous if you don’t get a trophy.
  • Textile Art – In celebration of Juneteenth, Imani McFarlane, owner, House of Tafari Collection will be conducting a workshop, “Creating Textile with Adinkra Symbols” at the Main Branch of the Brockton Public Library. Hands-on learning with culture and fashion? Sign me up!

For Tweens/Teens

  • There is Hope – This youth outreach event is for those who are feeling trapped and stressed! Seeking the Youth” Outreach Ministry, founded by Evangelist Dr. Nancy Mency, D. Min, will host the event which includes free refreshments, music and fellowship, and the opportunity to check out the new and improved Snow Field, at Salisbury Park across from 216 Centre Street.
  • Wacky Wire – The Fuller Craft Museum always has lots of fun workshops! In this one, participants will cut, bend and form thin steel wire to create a sculpted face.  Using hand tools– with safety precautions, we will cut, bend and wrap the pieces together.  2 classes on June 11 and June 18 from 10:00 am – 12:00 pm. Members: $24 • Nonmember: $32 

    For Everyone
  • Old Colony Y Central Relaunch – Come to the Y for a FREE day of fun from 11am-3pm! A bounce house, costumed characters, BBQ refreshments, giveaways, family activities, family swim (3-5pm), membership promotions, and much more! The Old Colony Y is celebrating families at the Y, with reduced membership rates, new youth programming, more family events, remodeled locker rooms, a new family locker room, and state-of-the-art fitness equipment. I don’t know about you, but I was hooked at the Bounce House.
  • The Rural Liberian Healthcare and Development Initiative, Inc. – All are welcome to attend the 2nd Annual Fundraising Cookout at 126 Stephen Drive in Brockton from 12-8pm. Suggested donation is $12 includes choice of meat, 2 sides, cornbread, dessert and a drink OR vegetarian choice of 4 sides, cornbread, dessert and a drink.  With a that yummy food, how could one resist?
  • Brockton Rox – The Brockton Rox are taking on the Newark Bears at 7:05 PM on both Friday and Saturday. Fun for kids, young adults and families!

And that’s just Saturday! On Sunday, there’s also a flea market and craft fair at Temple Beth Emunah, a Teen Enameling Workshop at the Fuller Craft Museum, and it’s Strike Out Hemophilia Day at the Brockton Rox game! Plus, there are probably church events, youth sports activities, and lots of other things going on that aren’t even mentioned here. There’s something for everyone on this list. Whether you’re 6 or 97, Brockton appeals to as wide an age range as a Harry Potter book.

She's just as excited for Brockton's weekend lineup as she is for this Harry Potter book!

 

Still not as pumped as this girl?  Okay, maybe fitness, sports, family or religious events aren’t your thing, and that’s totally fine.  I completely understand NOT wanting to attend all of the events that the City has to offer – it can be overwhelming. So overwhelming that I can’t fathom how someone could seriously say there’s nothing to do here. I mean, I’m not the Camera Lady and I definitely won’t make it to all of these events, but you’ll never hear me say “There’s nothing to do in Brockton.”

I’ve been hearing it my whole life and I’m sure I’ll continue to hear it. Maybe it’s just that people don’t know all of this is going on. If so, please send those people here  or here and they will find something.

BUT if you’re still not convinced, then make something happen in your neighborhood and host a block party on Brockton’s Promise!   

And if you just want to get out of Brockton, but don’t know where to start, check out the discounted passes you can get at the Brockton Public Library. You can reserve tickets to Children’s Museums in Easton and Boston, Battleship Cove, the Museum of Science, and so many more! There’s all kinds of ways to explore Greater Brockton, so take a look and see what’s out there!

Hopefully, this has convinced someone that there is in fact something to do in Brockton.  I know we need more places for young adults and teenagers to go at night, and that we could use better bike paths, and that there’s probably lots of things people see that are wrong. I get it. Please know that there are many organizations and elected officials in the City trying to make these changes despite budget cuts and limited resources. But let’s not overlook what’s right about the great resources we do have just because we still want more. As Sheryl Crow said, “It’s not having what you want, It’s wanting what you’ve got,” and I’d say we’ve got a lot.

NOT one of my favorite songs, but I appreciate Sheryl's optimism.

 Did I miss anything? Comment and let me know!

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About Brockton's Promise

They say it takes a village to raise a child. We believe it takes a City of Champions. Brockton's Promise aims to provide all youth and families in Brockton with five basic resources, which we call Promises: Caring Adults, Safe Places, Healthy Start, Effective Education, and Opportunities to Help Others.
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