Small-town living as told by television

Published 12:04 am Saturday, November 15, 2014

Last month, Netflix started streaming all seven seasons of the then-WB-now-CW’s 2000 dramady “Gilmore Girls.” The show follows single mother Lorelai Gilmore and her daughter Rory and focuses on their small-town life in the fictional Stars Hollow, Connecticut, where they live, play, eat and drink lots of coffee.

For those who don’t know about Stars Hollow, it’s a small town with a slew of quirky characters living there.

The local government meetings frequently feature an argument or five, and there are a handful of citizens who attend them all, usually with some choice criticisms for the local government authorities.

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There’s a square with a gazebo where the town hosts a different event almost every week, usually requiring a street closure. Almost anything is news, and everyone knows each other and each other’s business. Neighbors are coworkers, and the shop owners know almost everyone who comes into their stores.

The most recent episode I watched featured the “Festival of Living Art.” The characters dressed up as subjects of paintings and stood on display downtown. I couldn’t help but immediately think of the similarities to Bainbridge’s own Living History Tour, hosted downtown Friday night. In both cases citizens dressed as famous and historical people as a fun way to educate others about something usually reserved for history books.

I also couldn’t help thinking about Bainbridge when I watched an episode featuring a dance-a-thon. It’s more of a stretch, but there were some similarities to Bainbridge’s recent Downtown Street Dance. The most notable being that there was actually a city-hosted dance that had an impressive citizen turnout.

Stars Hollow is definitely a caricature of small-town life, but it gets a lot of things pretty close to right, especially in regards to the more offbeat people and town events.

It’s not a bad thing — not for me at least — but it’s certainly entertaining living in the Stars Hollow of the South.