Time to take a Sunday drive

So it was a Tuesday. It still felt like Sunday. With our cover story this month highlighting each of the communities of Stark County and what makes them special, I decided to take a mini-tour of the county that I grew up in. I wanted to spend time in areas that I was not as familiar with and find out what makes each unique.

So it was a Tuesday. It still felt like Sunday. With our cover story this month highlighting each of the communities of Stark County and what makes them special, I decided to take a mini-tour of the county that I grew up in. I wanted to spend time in areas that I was not as familiar with and find out what makes each unique.

Everything about my mini-tour reminded me of the Sunday drives I used to take with my family when I was growing up.

We never knew where we were going. We knew only that after church most Sundays we would take a drive and see where we would end up. My dad always liked to take new routes and see if we could guess where we were going.

It drove my brothers and me crazy sometimes, wondering. I still maintain that my dad never knew where we were going either — he just drove until he found somewhere different to stop.

As I meandered my way through the county the other day, reminiscing about those Sunday drives, I was reminded of all the treasures that are right in our backyard that we often forget about or take for granted.

From restaurants and stores to parks and historical markers, so many things here are unique to Stark County. Stepping out of our daily routines — as I did on my “Sunday” drive — makes us see our county of residence in a different light.

This issue of About lets you “drive” around Stark County and see all of the best things happening here. If you’re like me, you’ll make a list of all the places you want to revisit — or discover for the first time. I think I’m going to have to take my family on a Sunday drive.

Blessings,
Darla A. Brown