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COVID Safe Ways To Get Out Of The Home Taunton Hike Virtual Events

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With the increase in COVID cases locally, statewide and across the country, and the uncertainties of the new omicron variant, navigating the pandemic remains as tricky and ever-changing as it has been. been from the start.

In addition to getting the vaccine and wearing a properly fitted mask around other people, there are always ways to get out of the house in a generally safe manner, should you feel locked in during another pandemic winter.

Or, if you’re more comfortable staying at home, there are ways to feel like you’ve been out and socialized for a while.

Whether you’re looking to get out and enjoy the great outdoors, connect with others and make new friends, or even learn a new skill, here are some activities to have fun while avoiding large crowds:

Get outside and enjoy a walk in the Grand Taunton

The best way to stop feeling so locked in is to get outside and get some fresh air if you can.

Fortunately, Taunton has a number of places where you can go for a walk, hike, or bike ride, however you like.

It’s a great way to spend time with family or meet friends if it’s safe, and experience the beauty of nature together.

The New Year often sees a bombardment of tips on how to exercise more or stick to weight loss resolutions, but since it’s a subtle body shame, we’re not going in this way. Let’s just say walking is good for your overall health, including your mental well-being, which is just a bonus for getting out and having fun.

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Make sure you stay hydrated, pack a snack, and have a mask handy if you need it as well.

Here are some places around Grand Taunton to get out and avoid those crowds:

Gertrude M. Boyden Wildlife Refuge

Or: 1298 rue Cohannet

Hours: Open 7 days a week from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. also sometimes locally called “the bird sanctuary”.

Monica Avery of East Bridgewater is ready for an ATV ride at Massasoit State Park in East Taunton on Wednesday April 14, 2021.

Massasoit State Park

Or: 1361 Middleboro Ave., East Taunton

Hours: Open seven days a week, from 7:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.

Westville Conservation Area

Or: 132, rue Walker N.

Hours: Open 7 days a week, from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Dighton hopes to make improvements to the five miles of nature walks that currently exist in the town and connect them to the Somerset trails to the south and Taunton to the north as part of what will be called the Taunton River Trail.  Some of the existing trails are in Sweets Knoll State Park.

Sweets Knoll State Park

Or: 1387 Somerset Avenue, Dighton

Hours: Open 7 days a week, from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Bird watchers line the Taunton River from Dighton Rock State Park to spot a rare Steller's Sea Eagle on Monday, December 20, 2021.

Dighton Rock State Park

Or: Third avenue, Berkley

Hours: Open seven days a week, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., although closing times vary seasonally. Call the park for updates at 508-822-7537.

Hewitt Pond Reserve

Or: End of Rogers Street, next to N. Main Street, Raynham

Hours: N / A; has a freshwater pond and a trail

The Ledge is an 80-foot-high outcrop overlooking a former quarry in the Fall River Freetown State Forest.

Freetown-Fall River State Forest

Or: 110 Slab Ridge Road, Assonet

Hours: Open 7 days a week, from 6.30 a.m. to 8 p.m.

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Socialize with virtual events

If you want to go out but not necessarily want to go out, virtual events are a great way to socialize.

You can participate in a video chat, get a little human interaction, and here’s the best part, stay in your comfy pajamas the entire time.

Check with local organizations to see what they have to offer; most will post events on their Facebook page, making it even easier to respond to an event. Eventbrite is also a handy tool for seeing what’s coming up.

This is just a small list, but places like Taunton Public Library, Old Colony History Museum, Downtown Taunton Foundation, and Taunton Art Association (or any organization or group like these) are good places to start looking.

For example, every month the Old Colony History Museum hosts a virtual event called A Taste of Old Colony History, where they cook up a historical recipe that often has ties to our area. One of the first was how to make classic Tollhouse chocolate chip cookies.

Toll House Crispy Biscuits, home-made by Digital Producer and Gazette Editor-in-Chief, Kristina Fontes.

This month, they actually have a double header: brown bread and baked beans. On Thursday January 27, from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m., the OCHM will upload a video of the recipes in progress, then there will be a Conversation From the Kitchen to talk about the history, the cooking process and the associated nostalgia. to the recipe of the month.

A taste of the history of the old colony:Cook historic recipes with the Old Colony History Museum

These events are always free. You can sign up to get the recipe on the museum’s Eventbrite page: http://oldcolonyhistorymuseum.eventbrite.com. For any questions, call 506-822-1622.

Another way to follow local events, including virtual ones, is to consult the Taunton Daily Gazetteweekly “in our community” listings. There is an update every Sunday.

If you have an upcoming event that you would like to share with the Gazette, send an email to [email protected]

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Learn new skills or join a club

Since the start of this pandemic, many of us have used the time we have at home – if we are one of those privileged to be able to stay at home – to learn new skills. Whether it was because we wanted to learn something new and useful, or because we just needed an outlet, stories abounded of people learning to knit, bake bread, play an instrument or to tackle house projects on their own. Many people have discovered skills they didn’t know they had.

With this winter shaping up to be a time that many people will be spending primarily at home, there is plenty of time to start learning something new or starting a hobby.

The internet is full of DIY tutorials, but you can also sign up for classes and events at craft stores like Michaels or JOANN Fabrics.

Many colleges also offer occasional free lectures, if there is a topic that interests you. Bristol Community College, Bridgewater State University, UMass Dartmouth, and Stonehill College are all good places to start looking.

Joining a club is also a good way to go out or spend time with others.

You could join a group in person, like a hiking club, where distancing is possible and everyone is outside.

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Then, of course, there are online groups.

Why not start one yourself, like a book club? It’s a great way to make new friends or keep in touch with old ones, and you will all have a common goal.

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Plus, there are local bookstores like Readmore Books in Taunton, Annie’s Book Stop in Raynham, and Rivendell Books & Games in Rehoboth, where you can get everything you need to get started. Rivendell is also particularly useful if you want to start with a group doing role-playing games, which are easily played together online these days.

Winter can be long and full of uncertainties, but even with a pandemic we can find ways to stay engaged, to ensure our mental and emotional well-being, and to get out of the house safely from time to time. time.

Taunton Daily Gazette / Herald News editor and digital producer Kristina Fontes can be reached at [email protected] Support local journalism by purchasing a digital or print subscription to The Herald News and Taunton Daily Gazette today.