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.

Alternative Gifts for the Holidays

Alternative Gifts - Baked Goods

 

Sometimes it seems easy to get swept away in a sea of impersonal purchases during the Holiday season. That’s why this year some of us are looking to give alternative gifts. These ideas from Steve Lewis Subaru are often less expensive and yet much more meaningful than store-bought items.

Homemade Baked Goods

Everyone loves a freshly baked pie or a tin of homemade cookies. There are plenty of recipes that are easy to make in bulk, and a number that will keep well in the freezer. A treat baked with love and packaged in a cute tin is a great gift—especially when you include the recipe!

The Gift of Time

No one has enough time for the things that they want to do, so giving the gift of time is invaluable. Give your friends and family members homemade coupons for free babysitting, dog walking, a homemade dinner, or whatever you think they may enjoy.

Give Education

If your nieces and nephews already have plenty of sweaters and toys, consider giving them gift certificates for classes instead. Look into local offers, like painting, martial arts, music lessons, etc. You could be giving at gift that will continue to give for a lifetime.

Alternative Christmas Trees

Alternative Christmas Trees

While it’s a lot of fun to get a freshly cut Christmas tree every year or put up your artificial one with all of your favorite ornaments, you don’t have to be afraid to shy away from tradition. These alternative Christmas tree ideas from Steve Lewis Subaru just might inspire you to try something different this season.

Card Display

This alternative tree is perfect for the person who gets plenty of holiday cards. A tree-shaped piece of plywood is simply attached to the wall, and decorated with string in place of lights and a star on top. You can use the string to display your holiday cards, which take the place of ornaments.

Twine Tree

You can make an easy, rustic DIY tree replacement by dipping twine in white glue, wrapping it around a styrofoam cone, and allowing it to dry. Decorate with small ornaments of your choice.

Peg Board Light Tree

If your favorite part of a Christmas tree is the lights, then you’ll love this option. All you need is a pegboard and a few strings of lights. Stick lights in the board in the shape of a tree and lean it against the wall where your normal tree to go. This option is easy to put up and reusable for years to come.

Cleaning Out Your Car After Summer

cleaning out your car in Hadley, MA - washing blue vehicleMaybe it’s been a long summer. Perhaps you have gone on vacation, ferried the kids to soccer camp, or been through a few camping trips. In any case, you might have some cleaning to do now that the little ones are back in school. Cleaning out your car in preparation for fall and winter can be a major undertaking, so here are some major points you should hit.

Wash Your Car

This might be an obvious tip, but when cleaning your car always start off with a sparkling exterior. Make sure to get the undercarriage of your vehicle, too, and do your windows last – soapy water drips down and gets windows dirty again!

Separate “Toss” and “Keep” Piles

If you have a lot of junk in your vehicle, bring out a box and a trash bag. Put all the garbage you don’t want, like fast food wrappers, in the trash bag, and put the things you want to keep in the box.

Scrub the Floors

It’s a good idea to scrub the carpeted floors of your vehicle so that you get out any stains or dirt stuck in the corners.

Vacuum

Finish up your floors by running the vacuum and sucking up any crumbs. Don’t forget the trunk!

Cleaning out your car can be intimidating at first, but if you take it step by step, the cleaning process gets much easier.

Local Halloween Activities in MA

local Halloween activities near Springfield, MA

Looking for local Halloween activities for you and your loved ones? Here are a few suggestions.

 

Great Pumpkin Nights

Families in Central Massachusetts love this fun festival, entering its 14th year! This all-ages event features over 3,000 carved pumpkins and a vintage passenger train ride.

Zoo Boo Days

If you’re looking for something tamer, this event at the zoo is great, wholesome Halloween fun. And as an added bonus, kids aged 3-12 who come in costume get in free at Southwick’s Zoo!

Frightfest

Six Flags New England is sure to thrill you with more than just its amusement park rides this fall season when it rolls out Frightfest. Exclusive Halloween-themed activities and costumed monsters and ghosts await you at this event.

Factory of Terror

Known as New England’s top haunted house, Factory of Terror is sure to scare a few screams out of you. Located in Worcester, with sister locations in Fall River and West Warwick, RI, the Worcester location features five different haunted attractions to make you scream.

13 Nights of Jiminy

This one is not for the faint of heart. In fact, no little ones under 10 are allowed! Head to Jiminy Peak Mountain Resort to explore the depths of the mountain’s haunted peaks, where villagers once lived in fear of creatures in the woods and deadly diseases.

Check out these local Halloween activities for a great time this October. We at Steve Lewis Subaru can’t wait for the fall fun!

Fall Festivals in Hadley, MA

Hadley MA Fall Festivals

 

If you’ll be in the Hadley, MA area this fall season, you’re in luck. Not only will you be able to witness the incredible fall colors as the temperature begins to drop, but a wide variety of fall festivals nearby offer plenty to do. Break out the sweater and check out these wonderful festivals happening near you.

 

Three County Fair

 

For those looking for a traditional county fair experience, the Three County Fair in Northampton celebrates an incredible 200 years of fall fun this year. If you’re searching for a great time with a hint of nostalgia for the whole family, the Three County Fair offers agricultural promotion, educational exhibits, competitions, food, horse demonstrations, games, and more. The Three County Fair starts September 1st and lasts until the 4th.

 

Apple Harvest Festival

 

What fall season would be complete without a fall apple festival? Luckily, the annual Apple Harvest Festival returns again to Amherst this year, promising fun for the entire family. Modeled after an old-fashioned New England community fair, the Apple Harvest Festival also features a large exhibition and sale of art by artists from around the country.

 

Oktoberfest Massachusetts

 

A quintessential fall experience for some, Oktoberfest Massachusetts returns to Hadley on October 14th. Featuring live music, food, games, and—of course—beer, Oktoberfest 2017 will be bigger than ever. Located at 138 East St., festivalgoers coming from outside of Hadley are encouraged to arrive via Uber, Lyft, taxi, or the shuttle from Amherst.

 

Whether you’re looking for family-friendly fun or a getaway with friends, you’ll have no shortage of things to do this fall if you’re in the Hadley area. Be sure to mark these fall festivals on your calendar now!

Tips for Road Trips with Kids

Tips for Road Trips with Kids - Steve Lewis Subaru

Taking road trips with kids can be a stressful experience. Kids can be distracting and definitely make things take a little longer than they would if you were by yourself. Here are some tips on road tripping with kids that will make things go smoother and keep you from going crazy.

Get snacks to keep your kids from getting hungry on the road. Choose dry snacks that you won’t mind cleaning up if they spill. Even if your kids have outgrown sippy cups, dig them out from storage and put their drinks in them so you don’t have to clean grape juice out of your nice tan seats.

Check out items from your library to keep the kids entertained instead of spending money on new books and games. Libraries have tons of children’s books, DVDs, board games, and even mobile hotspots. They’re a great resource!

Traveling with your spouse or another adult? Have them sit in the back and entertain the kids to keep them from getting too cranky. Factor in extra time for bathroom breaks and stopping to let them run around and get some energy out, and again, make sure they have access to snacks and drinks. Sometimes though, you’re just not going to be able to stop them from crying. And if nothing is wrong with them you just have to tune it out.

For great, road tripping vehicles, give us a call or stop by Steve Lewis Subaru!

History of St. Patrick’s Day


There’s no greater worldwide celebration of Irish culture than during the month of March! St. Patrick’s Day started out as a Catholic feast day but quickly grew to become something much greater. Despite its popularity, the history of St. Patrick’s Day lies with St. Patrick himself and his actions to help the Irish community and culture become what it is today.

Known as the patron saint of Ireland, St. Patrick’s life began around the year 400. He was born to a Roman-British army officer and was subsequently kidnapped by pirates in his early childhood. From there, he was sold into slavery into Ireland and ended up spending several of his early years in prison. It was only after he dreamed of God telling him to escape that he did so.

Patrick made his way to France where he joined a monastery and rose to the rank of bishop. After 12 years, he returned, with the blessing of the pope, to Ireland to convert the population. He made converts of people from all walks of life, including members of royal families.

Over his 20-year stretch in Ireland, he built schools, established monasteries, and laid the foundation for what Ireland has become today.

We here at Steve Lewis Subaru want to wish you a festive St. Patrick’s Day!

Five Achievable Bucket List Ideas for 2017

There are resolutions, and then there are bucket lists—those things you just have to try at some point or another. But like resolutions, bucket list items should come in all shapes and sizes. Here are ten creative bucket list ideas for 2017 that will take you out of your routine.

Bucket List Ideas for 2017 - family on beach

Journal Every Morning

There’s nothing like starting the day off with a little self-reflection. Don’t set limits, but try to write every morning for as many days in a row as you can, even if it’s just a sentence.

 

Be a Tourist

It’s too easy to take for granted that which we see every day. Plan a staycation weekend where you explore all that there is to see in your own town. Eat out at local restaurants, take lots of photos and visit the attractions.

 

Write a Book

Start small and write a ten-page eBook on one of your favorite things. There are resources out there that will help you learn how to write and publish your book for free online.

 

Set Reading Goals

Whether you read a book a week, a chapter a day or a series in a year, it’ll be fun to make reading a part of your daily routine.

 

Organize a Picnic

Get some friends together and plan an elaborate picnic to welcome in the spring or summer. Collect blankets, pillows, candles, and prepare a delicious menu. The more extravagant, the more unforgettable!