Packy Run

The anchor business of nearly every small Massachusetts town: the package store, a.k.a. the “packy.” In Massachusetts this is the only place you can buy any kind of alcohol. About 5 years ago the State’s blue laws were relaxed and for the first time packies were allowed to open on Sundays, but only after 12 p.m. Apparently the region is still not ready to completely cast off its Puritan heritage.

Medfield has two packies. In High School I played in a rock band with a guy whose uncle owned the one in the photo above, and whose father owned the town’s most prominent real estate agency and was a Medfield Selectman. Small town.