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The first task is to describe the setting as an outsider would see it. Since the setting for the first book takes place exclusively in the theater, I'll include a description of the entire town for future reference for other books. Here goes!
Cheval, Vermont is a small town in Vermont with 2,153 people living in there. Most people, approximately 1200 people, live in the outskirts of town, and about 950 people live in the main part of town. It's these thousand people who will be mostly featured in the series. There is a typical main street where all the shops are located. I have a map with the stores on both Main Street (your typical small town Main St) and the storefront shops on Sunset Avenue. The town is along Lake Hawthorne, which is based off Lake Champlain.
There are a ton of shops, including: floral, antique, coffee shop, natural grocery, apothecary, chocolatier, small bookstore, craft shop, Amish specialty shop, smoothie shop, and more. Tons! Small Town America puts an emphasis on small businesses, so I want to reflect that in my town. I also want to use this city in other series I've developed. [So far, I can think of three already that can share this town!] There are ten streets that are considered large streets in the main part of town, and there are dozens of smaller streets, mostly ending in cul-de-sacs off those. There is a line of trees (like a mini forest/woods) that divide the main part of town from the outskirts. In the outskirts, there are mostly cabins that are relatively far apart. Most of the people live here and commute to town or other cities for work. Beyond the outskirts is the Maplestone Forest, which is about 2500 acres. It's famous for body dumps from larger towns.
It's not a tourist town, but every year they host a Ren Faire, which brings in people from around the town. It's a middle-class town, with the average income ranging from $50,000 to $80,000 per year. It's about fifty-fifty divided between married couples and single people. Class sizes are small at the school. The junior high-high school has 350 students ranging from age 11 to age 18 - 6th through 12th grades. The elementary school has 400 students from K-5th grades. Average ages of adults are late 20s to early 40s in the main town and mid 40s to late 60s in the outskirts.
The closest cities to it are: Seville, Ridott, Valinda, Wolsey, and Roselle. They get the most traffic from Wolsey and Roselle.
Since I want to keep this sort of organized, I'll end it here and continue the rest of the topics from this day in a different post. Next are characters and their roles.
After writing all this, I'm feeling nostalgic for a town I've never been. (Though it feels like I have lived there!)