September Selectboard Meetings Warned


Please be advised that the Plymouth Selectboard

has scheduled its Meetings for September

at 6:00 PM at the Town Hall as follows:


Monday, September 14, 2015


Monday, September 28, 2015

Posted in Town News | Tagged | Leave a comment

Annual Labor Day Weekend Folk and Blues Festival – The Fall Music and Food Edition of Margo’s Plymouth Report

Reprinted by permission of The Vermont Standard 

Jay Ottaway, founder of the Plymouth Folk and Blues Festival

Jay Ottaway, founder of the Plymouth Folk and Blues Festival (Click  photo for line-up.)


Are you as glad as I am that our heat wave is over?  It just seems so strange to have that many hot, humid days in a row.  When I was at recycling on Saturday, Tyler told me he can’t wait for snow or at least temps only in the 50’s.  I would not go that far, but it was wonderful to lose the extreme heat and get back to our pleasantly chilly VT nights!

The talk by State geologist, Marjorie Gale sponsored by the Plymouth Historical Society attracted about 40 people and was very interesting.  She said that Plymouth has it all in terms of rock formations, dating back 1.4 million years.  VT is actually older than NH.  One point of interest that was noted – Mt Ascutney was at one time a volcano!

Following the graveside service for Jean Hoskinson on Friday, there was a very nice lunch served at Wilder House.  The intimate and relaxed atmosphere, plus the nice array of food, gave folks a chance to remember Jean and to socialize a bit.

So, speaking of the good food at Wilder House, please note that they will be having a chicken BBQ there on Saturday, 9/5 starting at 12:30.  That gives you time to eat after the noon Shakespeare Alive performance and before the Folk and Blues concert!  You can also catch more Folk and Blues on Sunday from 2:00 until 5:00!

There are more tastebud teasing places to eat in Plymouth.  The Echo Lake Inn (228-8602) has been booked most weekends this summer for weddings, so the restaurant has been closed for dinner on Friday and Saturday.  That is not the case over this holiday weekend, so you might want to take advantage of the opportunity.

Of course, the Inn at Water’s Edge (228-8143) serves a fixed menu both Thursday and Friday nights that might strike your fancy.  This Thursday the menu is as follows: Stuffed Beef Braciole, Shrimp Scampi, or Chicken Milanese.  You need to call for a reservation ahead of time.

There seems to be a food-oriented theme this week.  I do want to thank Terry Bascom and John DiGioia for their help barbecuing at the Reach Out Luncheon.

Music is also alive and well in Plymouth!  All are invited to the Freeman Corey and Friends Fiddle Concert at the Pingree Barn at 4140 Rte 100 in Plymouth on 9/12 from 7:30 to 8:30 PM.

Posted in Community News | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

Reach Out Luncheon Changes Venue; Folk Concert Returns — Margo’s Plymouth Report

Reprinted by permission of The Vermont Standard 

Click image for more details.

Click image for more details.


We were sitting on a friend’s deck overlooking Echo Lake late afternoon on Saturday and watched the clouds overtake the sky, obliterating the blue.  Rumbles of thunder could be heard in the distance and the beach at Camp Plymouth State Park suddenly became quiet and empty.  At least most the day was lovely!  Hope you can get in some days at the park because it will be closing on 9/13.

Please note that due to unforeseen circumstances, the Reach Out Luncheon BBQ on Thursday, 8/20 willnot be held at Happy Acres, but will take place in the Community Room at Tyson Church.  Thanks to Tom at the Echo Lake Inn for loaning us the grill again this year and to Terry Bascom, our BBQ chef extraordinaire!

The graveside service for Jean Hoskinson will be held at the Notch Cemetery on Friday, 8/21 at 11:30.  Folks will be gathering at Wilder House following the service.

Don’t forget the Plymouth Historical Society event on Sun 8/23 at 1:00 PM at the Town Hall. This will be a presentation by State geologist, Marjorie Gale, who will be tying together events in history with the geology of our area.  It is free and refreshments will be served.

Keep in the mind the various activities that will be taking place in the Notch in the beginning of September.   The Plymouth Folk and Blues Festival will be from 2:00-5:00 PM on both Sat 9/5 and Sun 9/6.  Organized by Jay Ottaway, it is usually a wonderful mix of music.  At noon on Sat, 9/5 don’t miss the amazingly talented group of actors who will perform “Shakespeare Alive!” at the Union Christian Church.

Last week, the Ladies Aid Society hosted another successful  bazaar on the Green in Ludlow. Member Betty Aubin took these commemorative photos:
Ladies Aid Bazaar (2015) 1 Ladies Aid Bazaar (2015) 2 Ladies Aid Bazaar (2015) 3 Ladies Aid Bazaar (2015) 4

Posted in Community News | Tagged , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Plymouth Playground Refreshed; Reach Out Luncheon BBQ Coming! –Margo’s Plymouth Report

Reprinted by permission of The Vermont Standard

Playground Rehab 7 (Skaskiw)8/10/15

Ten campers from Farm and Wilderness Tamarack Farm teen Playground Rehab 5 (Skaskiw)camp recently helped to spruce up the Plymouth School Community Playground by spreading truckloads of new mulch.   Larry Lynds and the Plymouth road crew assisted by removing Playground Rehab 2 (Skaskiw)the old mulch and regrading.  Thanks to Russ Tonkin for his coordinating efforts for the Selectboard, and to Activity Coordinator Terry Bascom and Schoolhouse Committee member Jen Flaster for their input on the project’s conception and design.

In speaking with Art Lynds recently, he said that he is awaiting the arrival of a new truck that will assist with curb-side recycling in town.  He is hopeful that it will be in place soon and then he is planning to hold a town-wide meeting to discuss the new State regulations and their implementation.  That will probably take place some Saturday in September.

Belated Happy Birthday to Sandie Small whose birthday was 8/11.  Also, please note the passing of Jean Hoskinson on 8/4 after a long battle with cancer.

The Tyson Ladies Aid Bazaar was wonderfully attended and many thanks go out for all of those who helped, gave donations and came out to support the event.  TLA provides scholarships to our high schools in Woodstock and Ludlow; supports the Tyson Library; and provides funding for numerous community needs.  Their help with the Reach Out Luncheon is invaluable.

The Reach Out Luncheon will be held at Steve Heilner’s at 2146 Dublin Road on 8/20.  It will be our summer BBQ and also provide an opportunity to see his two donkeys – Moses & Noah.  It is a lovely setting with open fields and a pond.  We will meet at the church at 11:00 and caravan up there.

Posted in Community News | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

Our Community United to Rehabilitate the Town’s Playground



Ten Farm and Wilderness campers recently helped the Town of Plymouth refresh our Community Playground, located at the old Plymouth Schoolhouse Activity Center. The campers were participants in the Tamarack Farm teen camp. Their participation was coordinated by Tamarack Farm camp director Amy Bowen.

The campers spread mulch around the revived playground after Plymouth Town employee and Selectboard member Larry Lynds and the Plymouth road crew contributed hours to the project, removing old mulch, regrading the playscape, and delivering truckloads of new mulch. Plymouth Selectboard member Russ Tonkin coordinated the project on behalf of the Selectboard. Plymouth Activity Coordinator Terry Bascom, and Schoolhouse Committee member Jen Flaster, who is also the Development Director at Farm and Wilderness Camp, participated in the project’s conception, design, and execution. Altogether, the rehabilitation of the Community Playground represents a great collaboration between Plymouth town government, residents, and local business.

In addition to offering a refreshed playscape for our growing numbers of young children, the new playground provides an additional beautiful and safe resource for “Plymouth School,” the state-licensed pre-school and primary grades program offered by Plymouth resident Lauren Skaskiw. Plymouth School is located in the Library room of the Activity Center.

These photos are courtesy of Lauren Skaskiw:

Playground Rehab 1 (Skaskiw) Playground Rehab 2 (Skaskiw) Playground Rehab 3 (Skaskiw)

Playground Rehab 5 (Skaskiw) Playground Rehab 6 (Skaskiw) Playground Rehab 7 (Skaskiw)


Posted in Community News, Plymouth People | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment

How Geology Influences History

Plymouth Geological MapMarjorie Gale, State Geologist and Director of the Vermont Geological Survey, will present a program on the geology of Plymouth. The program is scheduled for August 23, 2015, at 1 PM in the Plymouth Vermont town hall. Marjorie, who  has 18 years of experience working as a geologist in the Agency of Natural Resources, will focus on 3 bedrock maps of Vermont (produced in 1861, 1961, and 2011), on the big ideas that developed in geology, and on major changes that coincided with historical events (the Civil War, development of plate tectonics, space program, etc).  She will draw on some of our local history as well, to show links between local history and geology.

The program is sponsored by the Plymouth Vermont Historical Society.  It is free, and refreshments will be served. For more information, contact Robert Fishman at

Posted in Community News | Tagged | Leave a comment

Summertime! And the Livin’ is Good! — Margo Marrone’s Plymouth Report

Reprinted by permission of The Vermont Standard.

Tyson Library

Tyson Library


Interesting weather lately – bright sunshine, sudden cloud bursts, starry nights!  At times it has played havoc with summer activities.  Last week at Camp Plymouth State Park two families I know were rained upon.  Melissa was there on Wednesday with Owen and Landon, as were Morgan Sailer-Carlisle with Harper and Colby when the skies opened up.  Of course the youngsters thought it was a great adventure!

Old Home Day this coming Saturday, 8/1 from 10:00 to 4:00, will provide activities for all age groups and hopefully the weather will cooperate.  Come enjoy wagon rides, a noon barbecue, old-time music, sheep shearing, craft demonstrations, and old-fashioned children’s games.  Paul Wood, agricultural historian will speak at 1:30 PM  and the reenactment of Calvin Coolidge’s “Homestead Inaugural” will take place at 2:47 PM.

I had mentioned previously that Bea Wheeler’s birthday is 7/30, but I wanted to be sure that folks know she is back home, in case you want to send a card.  Liza Ward still remains at the Gill Home.

Tyson Church is pleased that Melissa Maravell will be providing special music at our 8/9 Morning Worship service at 10:30.  We first met Melissa when she performed at the outdoor concerts at Hawk and her music is wonderful.  Everyone is invited to join us.

New book stacks at Tyson Library

Tyson Library bookstacks

Have you stopped in to Tyson Library lately?  It is open for the season with the following hours: 1st and 3rd Mondays 6-7 PM, Tuesday through Saturday 10-noon. This adorable little building just off Dublin Road may seem small from the outside, but it contains many books and is well worth a visit!  Don’t forget that passes are available there for many local attractions, too!

Posted in Community News | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment