Hike the Plymouth Section of the Crown Point Military Road

On Wednesday, September 17th, the Crown Point Road Association will be hiking the Plymouth section of the Crown Point Military Road as part of their end-to-end traverse of this historic route. Those interested in hiking with the group should meet at 9 am at Chapman Road, Ludlow Marker 32A. Cars should be spotted at Kyle Perry’s farm, Perry’s Road in Mt. Holly for your return transportation. This will be a day hike so good hiking boots, water and clothing appropriate for the weather will be needed. A visit to the grave of the unknown Revolutionary War Soldier on Salt Ash Mountain is planned. A few members of the Plymouth Historical Society will be participating in the hike of this section. For more information on this section or additional sections with overnight camping, contact Becky Tucker at rwtucker@aol.com or 802-885-4686. Local contact: Betsy Tonkin: 802-672-3179

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Margo Marrone’s Plymouth Report, Hawk to honor Mike Bivens Saturday

Republished with permission from The Vermont Standard


Nice weekend weather-wise here I understand & it was lovely where we were in RI as well! Glad to be heading north on Sunday, since the flow of out-of-state vehicles was quite heavy coming toward us. We stopped at the Cathedral of the Pines in Rindge, NH on the way home. If you haven’t been there, it is a lovely spot welcoming all faiths with beautiful gardens & “a memorial honoring all Americans who served our nation”.

Well, we had a well-attended Reach Out Luncheon (sponsored jointly by Tyson Church & Tyson Ladies Aid) on 8/21 in the downstairs Community Room at the church. Our speakers were Matt Denhart, Executive Director & Rushad Thomas, Program coordinator for the Calvin Coolidge Foundation.

Recent events were discussed & also an optimistic message about spreading the legacy of Calvin Coolidge across the country with presentations in NYC, MA, CA, & even Coolidge AZ! Thanks to Kathy Lynds for arranging our guest speakers, who are welcome anytime The teens were not able to help this time, but Matt & Rushad jumped right to help clear tables!

Looking forward to the Book Group discussion of Defending Jacob on Thurs at 6:30 at the former PES building, the home of our Community Center. It was quite an interesting story with a number of twists & turns. Feel free to attend even if you have not read the book & listen to the conversation about it!

Hoping for good weather for the Plymouth Folk & Blues Festival at the Historic Site over Labor Day Weekend – both Saturday & Sunday from 2:00 – 5:00 PM . Remember that It will take place rain or shine!

Hawk Inn & Mtn Resort extends an invitation to the community to attend the dedication of a special garden in memory of Mike Bivins on Sat, 8/30 at 2:30 PM. A plaque will be place at this area near the reception center, where Mike had cultivated a lovely grouping of plants.

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Margo Marrone’s Plymouth Report

Republished with permission from The Vermont Standard


I hate to say it, but I have seen a few trees with changing leaves! Certainly the cooler temps this weekend are a forewarning of what is to come….. In the meantime, however, there are some great events coming up.

Come out & enjoy some terrific music at the tenth annual Plymouth Folk & Blues Festival at the Historic Site over Labor Day Weekend. The entertainment, organized by Jay Ottaway, takes place from 2:00 – 5:00 PM on both Sat, 8/ 30 & Sun, 8/31. You can enjoy these outdoor performances for free, although donations are greatly appreciated. Collections for the VT Food Bank of non-perishable items are also encouraged. The children can enjoy wagon rides & face-painting. There will even be a classic car parade! For more info call 672-3773.

For a different genre of music, plan to attend the Second Grace Coolidge Musicale of the season on 9/7 from 4:00 – 5:30 PM, featuring Bozena O’Brien (violin), Roger Ellsworth (viola), Gary Hodges (cello), & of course Abigail Charbeneau (piano). This concert will include Johannes Brahms’ Piano Quartet in C minor, Op. 60, as well as music by Robert Schumann. Enjoy refreshments at the Wilder House Restaurant after the performance.

Now for some exciting romantic news. Best wishes to Melissa (Missy) Waysville & Mike Benson on their 7/3/14 marriage! Also, several engagements have taken place for young men from our area. Sam Moyer is engaged to Renee Lehman & a January 2015 wedding is planned. James Nadeau is engaged to Sally Norton of Essex Junction, with a summer 2015 wedding planned. Lastly, Eric Evans is engaged to Christina Lefebvre & their wedding will take place in July 2015. Congratulations to all!

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Plymouth Reading Group to Meet

The Plymouth Reading Group will meet this coming Thursday, August 28th, at the Community Center (former elementary school) starting at 6:30. The book being discussed is William Landay’s “Defending Jacob.” Anne Cherico will facilitate the conversation. Even if you haven’t read the book, consider joining the group for the evening. Listen to comments or make your own. This group offers more than a literary critique! Bring a beverage if you wish.

The next book and discussion date will be decided at this meeting so bring ideas with you. Questions? Call Betsy at: 672-3179 or email: tbone6547@aol.com. See you there.


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Margo Marrone’s Plymouth Report

Republished with permission from The Vermont Standard


Well, I have been away & last week was a very busy week, so I haven’t searched out much news! I did want to say “thank you” to all of those who supported the Tyson Ladies Aid Bazaar by donating items, buying them, & working there – it was a huge success! Funds that are raised go back into the community in various ways: supporting the Tyson Library, school scholarships, joint help with Tyson Church for the monthly Reach Out Luncheon, & meeting many other community needs.

Also, how wonderful that our town was the site of the Oath of Allegiance taken by so many people who became citizens of the USA on 8/11/14. At a time when many people are unhappy with the way things are happening here, it is a important reminder of the freedom & good things things that happen in our country, too. We are blessed!

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Celebrate Plymouth Bounty Day

Put September 27th on your calendar and plan to attend Plymouth Bounty Day from 10 am to 2 pm at the Plymouth Schoolhouse Activity Center (located just north of the Town Office on Route 100).

  • If you are a Plymouth brick-and-mortar business, artist, entrepreneur, home-based business, civic organization, or service provider, consider participating as a “vendor.” There is no charge; just let me know you want to participate and then bring your own table, along with any display material, supplies, samples, items for sale, coupons, or anything else you want to show or offer.
  • If you are a resident with a particular passion or interest, come share your interest and find neighbors and new friends who share your passion.
  • If you live in Plymouth or nearby towns, come join us! This is a great opportunity to discover and learn more about Plymouth destinations, amenities, businesses, civic and natural resources, artists, and entrepreneurs.

We will have organic produce for sale from Farm & Wilderness’ working farm, delightful artwork created by Plymouth artists and craftspeople, information about local hospitality and recreation venues, and more!

Come celebrate the End of Summer, the Bounty of Nature, and the Vibrancy of Plymouth!

Click here for more information. Or contact me: terry.bascom@yahoo.com, or 672.5390.

–Terry Bascom, Plymouth Activity Coordinator

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Margo Marrone’s Plymouth Report

Republished with permission from The Vermont Standard


Well, the weather held for Plymouth Old Home Day, which was a pleasant surprise! The Emergency Services BBQ went well & almost all of the chicken was sold. I left my post on the food line at 1:30 in order to attend Reeve Lindbergh’s talk, which was very interesting. I was unaware of the connection, but it seems that her dad, noted aviator Charles Lindbergh, had dropped a letter in the Notch from his plane on a fly-over! It is now on exhibit. President Coolidge had appointed Reeve’s grandfather to serve as Ambassador to Mexico & that is where Charles met his future wife, Ann Morrow.

I understand the debates over the past week were well-attended and animated, but respectful. It sounds like it was a wonderful experience for these high school age students, some of whom were home-schooled. The Coolidge Foundation scholarship of $1,000 was awarded to Kasey Rae Donna. She is a social work major at the U of Southern ME & has been a dedicated counselor at Bethany Birches Camp for some time now. Congratulations!

There is more going on at the Historic Site this coming weekend. Noted Civil War historian David Book will be presenting his program at 2:00 PM on Sat, 8/9. Sponsored by the VT Humanities Council, it is free & open to the public. For more information, you can call 802-672-3773.

Don’t forget the Tyson Ladies Aid Bazaar from 10 – 2 on Sat at Memorial Park in Ludlow. Lots of yummy baked good, marvelous gift baskets & gift certificates (including one for the Wilder House – thanks, Nancy!), a book sale & chicken BBQ. Something for everyone!

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