Only 25 miles northwest of Boston is the charming town of Maynard. It was founded in 1871, and grew up around its thriving woolen mill, once the largest mill of its kind in the world and still in its new guise as home to high tech businesses, the heart of town. Maynard is dainty by local standards, only 5.5 square miles with just over 10,000 residents. It can be easily accessed by Rtes. 117, 27, or 2. Much of Maynard's appeal comes from its small-town, old-fashioned feel and strong sense of community. Its picturesque downtown business district is bisected by the Assabet river and dominated by the clock tower, sitting atop Clock Tower Place, best known for being home to the career web site Monster.com. It is the oldest working, hand-wound clock in the country. But Clock Tower Place has been, and is, home to so much more. In 1957 Digital Equipment Corporation moved into the complex, eventually making Maynard its worldwide headquarters, and earning it the moniker "Mini Computer Capital of the World." Since Digital was sold, Clock Tower Place became Monster.com's headquarters and a mecca for software and web-based start ups. It's also the home of Powell Flutes, and many other small businesses.

Maynard is a community that works and plays together, and most of the action takes place downtown. All summer, you'll find a bustling Farmer's Market outside Clocktower Place, featuring organic produce from many local farms, along with organic meats, cheeses, fresh eggs and flowers. Great coffee and fresh baked goods keep you fortified while you do your shopping. Every October, Maynard Fest, a self-professed celebration of "commerce, community and culture" draws thousands to downtown, which closes to traffic for the occasion. It includes dozens of sidewalk sales, more than 100 vendors and free family entertainment. Maynard Fest is traditionally followed by the Maynard Rotary Club's Oktoberfest at Clock Tower Place featuring a beer garden and fireworks. Downtown also hosts two much loved holiday celebrations for children, the Annual Downtown Trick or Treat and the annual Christmas Parade.

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