Fear on the Farm at McCray’s

The McCray family has been creating a haunted Halloween experience with Fear on the Farm since 1990. With more than 25 years in the scaring business, the family haunting has come to include numerous scares only found on the farmland. If you’re looking for a real thrill this Halloween, Fear On the Farm is the place to be!

 

“We’ve been offering our haunted hayride for 25 years since Dan Augusto of Holyoke brought the idea to my grandfather Don McCray, who agreed to let him give it a try on our farmlands,” said Doug McCray, head of the farmland.

Take a haunted hayride through McCray’s farm for a Halloween experience you won’t soon forget. Featuring more than 100 actors, many of whom continue to return year after year, the hayride will give visitors a real fright. Zombies, a clown tunnel, and a pig family are just a few of the scenes designed to scare.

 

McCray’s farm features food stands, the farm’s very own creamery, and miniature golf to keep visitors entertained. Adult hayrides begin at 7 p.m., and the kid’s hayride runs between 5:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.

 

The Munchkin Mash creates a not-so-frightening experience for kids under seven years old too. With a theme of “Nightmare Before Christmas,” this year is the perfect year to pay a visit to McCray’s farm!

 

If you need a ride to get you there, come check out our collection of cars here at Steve Lewis Subaru.

Finding the Perfect Fall Family Activity

Are you looking for a fun fall family activity? Fall will soon be arriving on September 22. For many, it’s the best season of the year. Whether you want to do something relaxing like apple picking, or if you prefer something a little more adventurous, everyone can find something fun to do this fall.

Top on the list of fall activities is harvesting apples, according Women’s Day magazine. Massachusetts has some of the best apple orchards around, as now is the perfect time of year to go picking. You can not only select your favorites, but also learn new recipes for homemade cider, pies, and more. Apples are truly a fall staple, and there’s nothing more fun than getting outdoors with the family.

Camping is also a blast in the fall, especially when the weather is mild. Subaru models are great for getting outdoors, as vehicles like the Forester and Outback have roomy interiors, capable powertrains, and tall ride heights to help you avoid obstacles when you drive on rough terrain. In addition to basic supplies, always be sure to pack plenty of bug spray and a first-aid kit when camping.

Would you rather stay indoors? Try a fall recipe. Pumpkins are great for carving, but you can also find varieties that are particularly great for cooking. Other gourds can make tasty fall dishes, resulting in stews and slow-roasted recipes.

For more fun fall ideas, come speak with our staff at Steve Lewis Subaru.

Get Ready for the 2019 Subaru Ascent

2019 Subaru Ascent to debut in 2019 model year

Subaru vehicles have gained a reputation of being reliable, smart, and well-engineered and designed, offering exceptional value to a wide variety of drivers. Although the Outback and Forester are still beloved members of the Subaru lineup, the automaker has decided to offer another SUV to drivers: the Subaru Ascent. The Ascent makes its debut in the 2019 model year, and we couldn’t be more excited.

The 2019 Subaru Ascent is a brand-new three-row SUV that comes with all the features that modern drivers desire. This sophisticated vehicle offers you smart all-wheel drive, off-road capability, and enough space to comfortably accommodate your family and all your adventures. The Ascent comes equipped with an all-new turbocharged boxer four-cylinder engine, which churns out an impressive 260 horsepower, 277 lb-ft of torque, and can tow up to 5,000 pounds.

The Ascent is smart from front to back. To keep your whole family safe while on the go, the Ascent offers a variety of state-of-the-art active safety features, including automatic emergency braking and adaptive cruise control. The Ascent’s smarts extend to its entertainment and connectivity features as well, as the vehicle comes with a standard advanced infotainment system that features a large color touchscreen, Apple CarPlay™ and Android Auto™ compatibility, and offers available built-in Wi-Fi.

To learn more about the highly-anticipated Subaru Ascent, feel free to speak with our staff here at Steve Lewis Subaru.

The New Subaru BRZ tS is Simply Fun to Drive

The New 2018 Subaru BRZ tS is fun to drive

The Subaru BRZ tS is an exciting new version of the sporty BRZ sports car. The tS trim level comes with several added performance features, a revamped design, and improved driving dynamics. Even if you’re not a performance junkie, the new Subaru BRZ tS will redefine the way you think about driving.

According to AutoWeek, the BRZ tS has the same 205-horsepower engine you’ll find on the standard trim, as well as the BRZ’s standard 156 lb-ft of torque. However, the major changes to this model include STI-tuned Sachs dampers, coil springs, draw stiffeners, and 18-inch lightweight wheels. You also get Michelin Pilot Sport tires and a manually adjustable carbon-fiber spoiler.

“The BRZ has to be top five in the ‘Most Fun Car to Drive Legally on the Street’ category,” said Jake Lingeman, road test editor at AutoWeek, emphasizing the BRZ’s incredible driving dynamics. While the BRZ tS may not be as fast as some supercars, it’s still just as fun to drive.

Other great features include the Brembo brakes, which are specially designed to give you optimal stopping power on the track. The steering has been tweaked to help you handle corners better, and the short-throw six-speed manual transmission will make driving engaging. Considering the affordability of the BRZ tS, this is one car that will truly provide more bang for your buck.

Come learn more about the new Subaru BRZ tS when you visit Steve Lewis Subaru.

Barks and Brews 2018

Bring your dog and enjoy Barks and Brews 2018 this summer

Summer is well on its way, and the Hadley area is heating up! There’s plenty to do in this area, and you can bring your canine companion with you. If you’re a dog person looking for a good time, head out to Barks and Brews 2018 this June!

Barks and Brews 2018 takes place on June 24 at Fort Hill Brewery in Easthampton. The VIP hour starts at 12 p.m. General admission begins at 1 p.m. Tickets start at $25 and support the Dakin Humane Society. Last year, the Barks and Brews event raised $25,000. This year, that goal has been raised to $35,000.

The event is open to attendees 21 years of age and older. The purchase of a single ticket includes a complimentary beer from the brewery and free parking. Local food trucks, like Bistro Bus, will have food available for purchase.

Dogs are welcome and will enjoy a variety of activities. The North King Animal Clinic will put on a Splash Zone. Nail trimming and baths will be available from Fur’s A Flyin’ Pet Grooming and Day Camp and HydroDog respectively. The Good Dog Spot will offer photo booth family portraits. Dogs can get a quick treat supplied by the Paw Street Barkery too. Puppy accessories are available from SassyPuppyCo.

We here at Steve Lewis Subaru can’t wait to see all of the local pet owners and their canine companions at this year’s Barks and Brews event!

Subaru and TerraCycle Team Up to Love the Earth

Stack of Bottles - Subaru and TerraCycle

Did you know that less than a quarter of the trash generated in the United States gets recycled? With more than 230 million tons created each year, that is a lot of waste. To help combat this, Subaru and TerraCycle® are teaming up to put some of that waste to use.

Starting last month, Subaru dealers started receiving TerraCycle® Zero Waste™ boxes to encourage customers and employees to start recycling certain hard-to-recycle materials. This includes things like snacks wrappers, single-use coffee capsules, and disposable cups.

These collected items will then be turned into useful items like picnic tables, playground materials, and park benches. Subaru partners can view and order these recycled products online for community use starting this fall.

“At Subaru, we feel it’s our personal responsibility to protect Earth’s natural wonders and encourage our retailers and customers to engage in smart environmental practices, simply because it’s the right thing to do,” said Thomas J. Doll, President and CEO of Subaru of America, Inc.

Along with encouraging people to recycle these items, Subaru also created a list of “Trash-Hacks.” Here are a few that we found useful.

  • Use both sides of your copy paper and program printers to automatically print double-sided.
  • Focus on electronic reports instead of printing to save paper.
  • Reuse file folders by folding them in the opposite direction.
  • Save the packing material you receive in packages to reuse when you ship something.

Here at Steve Lewis Subaru, we are always looking for new ways to reduce, reuse, and recycle.

All-New 2019 Subaru Forester Unveiled at New York International Auto Show

2019 Subaru Forester outdoors in snow

This past March, Subaru unveiled the all-new 2019 Subaru Forester at the New York International Auto Show. The 2019 model marks the beginning of the fifth generation of this beloved vehicle, offering drivers state-of-the-art features and technology. If you already are considering this best-selling SUV, you’ll be happy to know that the 2019 model is the most spacious, capable, and well-equipped Forester ever.

The 2019 Forester provides an exceptional driving experience due to its balance of performance, handling, comfort, and safety technology. It comes equipped with a standard 2.5-liter four-cylinder BOXER® engine that delivers 182 horsepower and features smart Auto Stop/Start technology to maximize fuel efficiency; the new Forester achieves up to 33 mpg on the highway.

Additionally, all trim levels come standard with Subaru’s tried and true Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive system. This technology offers drivers SUV capability without sacrificing handling and maneuverability, providing drivers with a stable, confident driving experience.

The interior of the new 2019 Forester is delightfully spacious and versatile. It offers 76.1 cu-ft of cargo space with 60:40 split rear-folding seats, as well as a flatter cargo load floor than previous models for optimal storage space. With its intelligent engineering, the cabin is comfortably quiet, so passengers can sit back in their comfortable, yet durable seats and enjoy the SUBARU STARLINK™ multimedia system, which comes equipped with Apply CarPlay™ compatibility, Android Auto™ compatibility, and other state-of-the-art connectivity features.

If you’d like to know more about this upcoming Subaru model, be sure to ask our expert staff here at Steve Lewis Subaru.

*Manufacturer’s EPA estimate. Pending EPA certification. Actual mileage may vary.

Subaru’s 50th Anniversary Celebrated in a Big Way

Subaru Lineup - 50th Anniversary

In 1968, a little-known automaker started selling cars in the United States. That automaker was Subaru. Now, in 2018, Subaru’s 50th anniversary celebrates all the achievements of the past five decades.

The very first American Subaru was called the 360 and was a pint-sized microcar, standing out for its quirky styling. Over the next few decades, the brand made its way through some struggles to become the success that it is today.

Tom Doll, the current president of Subaru of America told Automotive News, “A lot of us at Subaru have been around for a long time. We’ve seen ups and downs. We’ve learned what not to do, and we’ve learned what works for us.”

Doll has been working with Subaru since 1982 and seen its good years and bad years, from overstocked inventories and struggling sales to the success of the best year of U.S. sales in 2017.

Once you have owned a Subaru, you realize the joy that it brings to your life. Your Subaru quickly becomes more than just a car. In fact, you might just realize you love your Subaru and wouldn’t want to drive anything else, which is why, here at Steve Lewis Subaru, we are super excited to be a part of this milestone anniversary celebration.

Subaru’s Dog Ads Make a Return

 

The Barkley family is back and looking better than ever in Subaru’s most recent set of ads. Featured in the “Dog Tested. Dog Approved” ad campaign, the Barkleys are a family Labrador and golden retrievers. Needless to say, their place in Subaru’s dog ads have earned them more than a few fans.

Subaru’s most recent dog-friendly ad campaign is composed of four 30-second commercials. Dubbed “Driving Lesson,” “Car Wash,” “Drive Away,” and “Drop Off,” the ads put these lovable pups in situations that many humans have faced at least once in their life.

Driving Lesson” features one of the puppies getting, well, a driving lesson in the Subaru Impreza. Along the way, the pup gets distracted by some geese and knocks over a mailbox.

Drop Off” features the two parents dropping their puppy off for the first day of school. Amid all the dog whimpers from behind the wheel of the upcoming Subaru Ascent, we’ve got to say that we here at Steve Lewis Subaru love the look of the three-row SUV.

In “Car Wash,” the Barkley’s get their Subaru Ascent hosed down after what looks like an off-road adventure.

The final ad, “Drive Away,” features a teen retriever pulling the start-and-stop prank on dad. In the end, the teen is no longer behind the wheel of the Subaru Crosstrek.

To test drive any of the featured vehicles or for more info, visit us at Steve Lewis Subaru today!

Subaru Unveils New Performance Concept Car in Tokyo

performance concept car

The Tokyo Motor Show is always a fun time of year for auto makers and enthusiasts all over the globe. Some brands are busy unveiling the next model year of their current lineup, and others tease fans with futuristic concepts. Subaru joined in the fun by unveiling a new performance concept car, the Subaru VIZIV Performance STI Concept. This is not the first time a concept car bearing the VIZIV name made its appearance in Tokyo, with the first of its kind appearing onstage at last year’s event, too.

The VIZIV STI builds on the design of its prototypical predecessor, with a similar build, but with this concept having a more confident and aggressive look. It also takes some inspiration from previous Impreza models and STI concepts with hot pink accents, a stacked rear wing, and unique badging. Critics suspect that Subaru plans to incorporate the overall look of these concept cars into the next generation of STI models from the brand, which are expected to launch sometime after the year 2020.

Subaru’s STI lineup has remained largely unchanged for the past decade or so, thus necessitating the introduction of a new generation. With the VIZIV performance concept car making multiple appearances at the Tokyo Motor Show, Subaru seems to be hinting that it recognizes this and is working to rectify it.