Tropical Storm Irene Documentary

Seats are filling up! Don’t forget to make your reservation for the debut of “Irene: Ruin to Renewal” produced by the Plymouth Historical Society and LPCtv. The film will be shown at 7 PM at the Coolidge Historic Site on August 27th. The fifth anniversary of the storm is a time to reflect on past memories and rejoice in the recovery. The event is FREE and refreshments will be served.

Storm erosion by Jim Nielsen

Storm erosion by Jim Nielsen

Kingdom Rd. during the storm by Tom Ellis

Kingdom Rd. during the storm by Tom Ellis

Call Midge at 802-672-3086 or email to secure your seats.

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Summer’s Half Gone! But There’s More to Do! — Margo’s Plymouth Report

Reprinted by permission of The Vermont Standard

Sheep shearing demonstration at the Plymouth Old Home Day

Sheep shearing demonstration at the Plymouth Old Home Day


Amazing weather these days, sunshine sprinkled with downpours of rain!  I was visiting John Wheeler and others at the Gill Home last Thursday when the skies opened up.  As I approached Tyson, I noticed that the roads were dry – not a drop had fallen here!

This has been a music weekend for us.  The Opera North performance on Saturday the 16th at Marsh/Billings was amazing.  Then, Bruce & Caleb Freeberg performed at church on Sunday afternoon, following a fantastic potluck lunch.  We capped things off by going to hear Gypsy Reel at the bandstand in Ludlow Sunday evening.  Isn’t it wonderful to have all of these free concerts to attend!

Making note of August happenings is a bit disheartening for me since it seems like summer is proceeding too quickly, but here goes….  The Reading Group will be discussing Fannie Flagg’s The All Girl Filling-Station’s Last Reunion on Thursday, 8/4 at 6:30 at the Community Center.

Don’t forget Old Home Day at the President Coolidge Historic Site on Saturday, 8/6 which will include the Naturalization Ceremony at 11:00 AM.  There will a special program and book signing with the authors of Intimate Grandeur, plus the Green Mountain Timekeepers Society will be on hand, so bring your historic clocks and pocket watches to learn more about them.  At 2:47 PM the reenactment of Calvin Coolidge’s “Homestead Inaugural” will take place.  Also, you can enjoy wagon rides, the chicken barbecue, old-time music, sheep shearing, craft demonstrations, and Clara’s historic children’s games sponsored by the Vermont Historical Society.  Wow, lots to do – don’t miss it!

It was nice to see Irene Fennell (formerly of Tyson) and some of her family in church.  Eleven of them are staying in the area for a week.  Also in church today there was profusion of color on numerous hats in honor and memory of Rose Frye.

Condolences go out the family’s of Norman Dupont and Eliza Ward,  Norm passed away on 6/12 after a long illness. His service will be held on the Plymouth Notch Cemetery on Saturday 7/23 at 1:00 PM.  Liza passed away on 7/13 and her graveside service and time of remembrance will take place at 2:00 PM on Sunday 7/24 at the Notch Cemetery.

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Plymouth Activities for the Second Half of July — Margo’s Plymouth Report

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July Field7/10/16

Well, not the best weekend for a wedding, but there was one at the Echo Lake Inn on Saturday and I imagine that everyone enjoyed it despite the weather.  We had one at the church on Wednesday, no rain but quite a bit of heat and humidity.  VT is such a lovely place, no wonder so many couples want to have their destination weddings here!

I understand from Bill Jenney that they estimate there were 800 people in attendance at the President Coolidge Historic Site on the 4th.  It was a prefect day for the parade – even a slight breeze.  Speeches were short and sweet, noting the honorable character of President Coolidge.

On Sunday, 7/17, there will be a program at the Notch in the Union Christian Church about the flower garden planted by Carrie Brown Coolidge, Calvin’s stepmother in the early 20th century.   Apparently Allen and Rose Buswell spent three years in battle with invasive Bishops weed (goutweed) before eradicating it and restoring the garden in line with historical records.  Although the program is free, donations to the garden maintenance fund are always appreciated.

The Plymouth Reading Group is reading Fannie Flagg’s (of “Fried Green Tomatoes” fame) “The All Girl Filling-Station’s Last Reunion.”, which is reputed to be funny and entertaining.  We will discuss it on Thursday, 8/4 at 6:30 at the Community Center.

By the way, John Wheeler is having rehab at the Gill Home in Ludlow, following his hip surgery.  Don’t forget that Liza Ward is still there, too!   Bill Jarvi will be at the Cafe-at-Delight in Ludlow on Friday, 8/5 at 10:00 AM before an 11:00 AM appointment.  He loves to see folks there!

I saw the Front Porch notation about a cook being needed at Farm and Wilderness’ Timberlake camp which is a seven-week residential camp for up to 120 9-14 year old boys, To apply contact Julie Sanderson at or 802-422-3761.

Consider joining us at Tyson Church on 7/17 for Worship (10:30 AM), when we will have a summer potluck lunch at noon, followed by music with Bruce & Caleb Freeberg at 1:00 PM.  We are hoping the weather will be nice so we can be outside.  We will also serve maple creemie ice cream, so consider joining us for all or part of these activities.  This is also a special time to remember Rose Frye by wearing hats as she always did.  All are welcome!

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Celebrate Our Own: President Coolidge and Life in Plymouth — Margo’s Plymouth Report

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Calvin and Grace

President Calvin and Grace Coolidge


Consider the interesting events at the Coolidge Historic Site on 7/4.  Join Fred DePaul for wagon rides beginning at 10:00 AM.  Folks are invited to gather at the village green at Noon, when a Vermont National Guard delegation leads the march to the Plymouth Notch Cemetery to place the wreath from the White House at the Calvin Coolidge’s grave-site in honor of his birthday.

Amity Shlaes will be the speaker at the brief ceremony there.  Windsor chair maker George Ainley and other Vermont artisans demonstrate traditional crafts will be on hand.  Sample Plymouth Artisan Cheese and enjoy the Plymouth Historical Society’s special exhibit about one-room schoolhouses, plus children’s games on the Aldrich House lawn.  Farm and Wilderness Camp musicians perform at 11:00 AM and a marathon reading of Coolidge’s autobiography begins at 1:00 PM.

Oh, the glories of living in VT – sailing on Echo Lake and watching the eagle fly overhead, chirping birds that greet you in the morning and the many shades of green and lovely flowers this time of year!  Hope that everyone is taking the time to enjoy these blessings.

I visited John Wheeler at DHMC the other day, following his fall and hip replacement.  He conveys his greetings and his desire to return home, but he will be having rehab at a place yet to be determined.

There are a couple of enjoyable events taking place at Tyson Church in the next couple of weeks.  Many of you may be familiar with the amazing talent of Melissa Maravell who has performed in several venues within our area over the years.   We are happy that she will be presenting a mini- concert during our 10:30 AM church on July 10th.  All are welcome.

Then on 7/17, which is Children’s Sunday, we will have a summer potluck lunch at noon, followed by music with Bruce and Caleb Freeberg at 1:00 PM.  We are hoping the weather will be nice so we can be outside.  We will also serve maple creemie ice cream, so consider joining us for all or part of these activities.

Condolences are extended to the family of George Wade, who recently passed away.  Born and raised in Tyson, he and his family have lived in the Ludlow area and are known to many. It is so nice to have Sally and Bruce Markwell back in town for a time this summer!

Don’t forget to frequent our local restaurants.  The Inn at Water’s Edge (2288143) is having their delicious Thursday and Friday specials.  Five Corners Pub (672-3223) at the Salt Ash Inn is becoming a local gathering place.  The Echo Lake Inn (672-8602) will be having many weekend weddings, so you are encouraged to dine there Monday through Thursday.

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June Doings in Plymouth — Margo’s Plymouth Report

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Opening New Road at F&W (2016)

Nellie the Goat helps to open the newly routed main road at Farm and Wilderness camp.


Well, another Strawberry Festival has come and gone.  The morning rain gave way to a lovely day and lots of folks turned out for this collaborative community event.  Not the largest crowd ever, but 420 is the count according to Chris at the park.  Thank you so much for your support!  The raffle brought in over $1,300 before expenses, so the Tyson Church Community Fund has been replenished and we can continue to provide assistance when needs arise within our area.  I haven’t been told the totals for Emergency Services (BBQ) or Tyson Ladies Aid (strawberry shortcake).

From what I have heard from one of the Day Campers at Bethany Birches this week (my grandson and his friends) it was a great success.  Please note that Sage Allen, a member and co-captain of the Black River Rock Climbing team will be competing in the nationals 7/14-19.  Her hard work has really paid off – wishing her well!

I noticed 2 Plymouth students whose name I recognize on the 4th quarter honor roll from WUHS.  Congrats to Anna Hepler for her 9th grade Summa Cum Laude standing and Julia Kowalski  for her 9th grade Magna Cum Laude standing.  I do not know the names of all of our students from Plymouth, especially those who have recently moved to town.  Please be sure to send me information about their accomplishments – we want to celebrate with them!  Grace Vosburgh was the recipient of the Tyson Ladies Aid scholarship from WUHS this year.

Farm and Wilderness is grateful to the Town of Plymouth for approving the re-routing of Farm and Wilderness Road, the main entrance to the office and camps. The grand opening of the road was celebrated on Friday with a ribbon cutting ceremony, including a procession led by Executive Director, Rebecca Geary and Nellie the goat.  Ralph Michael designed the road, which will greatly improve safety for the campers.

Village Harmony Bandcamp will be singing on Wednesday, June 29 at the Shrewsbury Town Hall and Thursday, June 30 at the Rochester Community Center, both at 7:30pm.   Based in Vermont, Village Harmony is dedicated to the study and performance of traditional polyphonic singing and sponsors an extensive program of traveling singing camps for teenagers and adults across the globe. Each group meets for a week-long rehearsal retreat before going on the road for a concert tour.   Village Harmony has been a place where teenagers who don’t follow the beaten path have been able to come together and experience the sheer power of making music as a community with their peers.

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Tropical Storm Irene Documentary Film to be Shown in Plymouth

On August 27th 2016, at 7 PM, the documentary film “Irene: Ruin to Renewal,” which recounts Plymouth’s astounding recovery from the catastrophic storm,

Rt 100 bridge washout near Hawk Mt. Resort. Photo by Jim Nielsen

Rt 100 bridge washout near Hawk Mt. Resort. Photo by Jim Nielsen

will be shown at The President Calvin Coolidge State Historic Site in the large reception room. The film features dynamic interviews and many photos and videos of Tropical Storm Irene and its aftermath. The story honors the Plymouth recovery efforts and shows how disaster reconnected the town. It is produced by the Plymouth Vermont Historical Society’s Irene Video Committee in partnership with Ludlow Public Community Television and debuts on the fifth anniversary of the storm.

Seating is limited and reservations are required. Please call 802-672-3086 or email Midge at The event is FREE and refreshments will be served.

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Coolidge White House Goes to the Dogs! Today at the Coolidge Historical Center

On Saturday, 6/25 at 2:00 PM, David Pietrusza will present a program about the White House menagerie while Coolidge and family were there.  It should be a great presentation by this noted presidential scholar and author!

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