My friend who is originally from Texas but more recently from Virginia visited this weekend. As we went to my parents' house, she noticed the enormous sign announcing Town Meeting and was delighted.
I know some of you people think it's just something from old books, but it's real, and it's how we make decisions around here. Sometimes, I think it's neat that we do things in this superdemocratic way up here, and sometimes, I am very aware that a neighboring town has had to vote eight times over three years to fund a new school, and last time (last week) they were one vote shy of the two-thirds majority they needed.
For a kind of neat take on the whole thing, see the local newspaper's blog on town meetings in the area.