New England is a place uniquely defined by its vastly different seasons: the gothic atmospherics of fall, the unyielding punishment of winter, the muddy thaw locals casually call "spring." Yankees are so resilient to cold because they share a single conviction: Summers make everything else worth it. When Patriot's Day is in the rear-view mirror and baseball season is in full swing, New England shines like no place else in the nation.
In the most northerly hamlets of Vermont and Maine, men wear Carhartt T-shirts and roll down the windows of their vintage pickups. In Connecticut, golfers opt for more breathable polos. Everyone has his own way of celebrating the season, but our favorite way to take advantage of a New England summer is by attending the amazing events taking place in every state. Here are our favorites.
Friends of Vintage Baseball (Hartford, Connecticut)
Other parts of the country might be willing to pass the proverbial baton to football, but at the fringes of Red Sox Nation, baseball is not only the national pastime, but also a pastime unchanged by time's passage. Hartford's Friends of Vintage Baseball (FoVB) league plays the game according to 1860s rules while wearing 1860s attire.
At FoVB games, there are no pitcher's mounds, the umpire must be addressed only as "sir," and there are different ways for a batter to fly or ground out, depending on which edition of the rulebook competitors decide to use. The games can be slow, but are an absolutely ideal way to learn a bit about baseball history while not paying Fenway Park beer prices.
More information: Games are played at the Hartford Base Ball Grounds at Colt Meadows in Hartford, and take place on weekly basis. The 'season' ends August 17th.