By Mary Heyl

Has the weather driven you to the point of cabin fever? Have you been shopping online to avoid long and potentially dangerous trips in the car? Has it been awhile since you took a leisurely walk through Randolph’s downtown? If you answered “yes” to at least one of these questions, then it’s time to visit Randolph, and there’s no better time than next weekend!

On Saturday, March 4, the Randolph Area Community Development Corporation will be hosting its fourth annual event, March into Randolph, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. throughout the downtown and beyond! At any participating business, people can pick up a “passport” with a list of the Randolph businesses that will be stops on the march throughout town.

This is a great opportunity to get out of the house and see what’s new in Randolph shops, grab a bite to eat at one of Randolph’s various eateries, and support the community. A great place to start is the Randolph Free Library on Jamestown Street, which is just two doors away from the next stop, Randolph Auto Supply. Next, participants can march into Betsey’s Country Fabric Shop, also on Jamestown Street, before walking down Bank Street to visit the Inn at One Bank Street, which is having its open house from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. This historic inn, built in 1904, was once a fire house and has been beautifully restored—this is a great opportunity to explore!

On Main Street, the passport leads participants to Senn-Sations Salon & Day Spa in one of Randolph’s most beautiful Greek Revival homes. Across the street, Piazza’s, a new restaurant, invites shoppers to stop in for lunch and try their signature pizza! Other stops on Main Street include Countryside Wine & Spirits and Randolph Retail Company, home to a beautiful selection of gifts, home décor, and ladies apparel. Right next door is the newly relocated Yarn for Ewe, which now carries antiques and collectibles, as well as 18-inch doll clothing and accessories. Next door at 133 Main Street, the R Cardinal Café, one of Randolph’s newest businesses, invites visitors to try their tasty selection of homemade soups, sandwiches, and baked goods. Last but not least, Stillwater Feeds on Main Street is the best place to take care of your furry friends, as they carry a variety of organic pet foods and pet supplies.

What do passport carriers have to gain from their journey through so many Randolph businesses? Besides the great experience of seeing all these small businesses have to offer, participants can enter their passports into a beautiful gift basket made up of prizes donated by Randolph’s small businesses. Participants must get at least five businesses to initial their passports, but the more businesses they visit, the more chances participants get to enter the drawing!

For updated information about March into Randolph, visit enjoyrandolph.org and Enjoy Randolph’s Facebook page.