As summer kicks off in Madison, there is a place where people enjoy each other’s company, try local food, enjoy beautiful scenery, shop, and listen to live music. Where is this magical place? Downtown Madison and the Madison Town Green.

The Farmers Market is currently ongoing every Friday during the summer from 3pm-6pm, and visitors can talk with local vendors about the goods at their tables. The locally sourced offerings include meats, seafood, cheeses, vegetables, baked goods, plants and flowers, snacks and more. Enjoy live music while you decide what to buy first. This is a family-friendly affair!

On Saturday, June 17, join the Garden Club of Madison’s Civic Gardens Tour from 1-3pm. Start at the “Seaside Garden” at East Wharf Beach, then head up to 853 Boston Post Road to the Allis Bushnell House (Madison Historical Society).  From there, move west to the Veteran’s Memorial Garden on the town green.  It is then a short walk to the Deacon John Grave House at 581 Boston Post Road where the club members will have light refreshments. The free event will include members at the four locations to discuss the plantings, offer garden advise and share the history of the gardens.  As an added bonus, wear your prettiest garden hat because there will be a prize for the best one!

Kicking off the following weekend on Friday, June 23, the Downtown Madison Merchants will host a Summer Solstice Celebration from 5-8pm. The event will offer food trucks, music, special sales, giveaways, and refreshments in stores!

The weekend after that, on Saturday, June 24 from 9am-3pm, the Green will be taken over by the annual Lions Club Flea Market & Bake Sale. One of the largest events of its kind on the shoreline combines a huge flea market with more than 130 vendors, an offering of home baked goods by spouses of the Lions and some great deals under our tent of tagged merchandise. Lions are pleased to be joined by the famous ABC Tag & Bike Sale. Food and beverages will be available during the day.

Want a fun way to get around Madison? The Madison Bike Share is back for the summer! The Madison Bike Share program provides local residents and tourists alike the opportunity to explore the town on two wheels. Bicycles, helmets and locks are available to rent for $12 a day at four locations: Creations (712 Boston Post Road), Madison Beach Hotel (94 W. Wharf Road), Scranton Seahorse Inn (818 Boston Post Road), and Tidewater Inn (949 Boston Post Road). Individuals must be 18 or older to rent a bike or accompanied by an adult. The 2017 Bike Share season will run through early October.

Heads up – literally! Here’s what’s coming the first weekend of July. The Cultural Arts Concert on the Green on July 1; Fireworks on July 3; and the Parade on JULY 4!