See You at the Strawberry Festival! — Margo’s Plymouth Report

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Strawberry Festival, 2015


I don’t know why some weeks there is much to write and other weeks I am at a loss.  This is one of those weeks!

Strawberry Festival, 2015

Of course the Plymouth Strawberry Festival will be happening on Wed, 6/21 starting at 5:00 PM, which is always a wonderful time to see folks you may not have seen lately.  That can be accomplished while enjoying the BBQ, salads, and strawberry shortcake.

Strawberry Festival, 2015

Youngsters can have their faces painted and try a craft or touch a truck, while the adults can peruse the raffle table to see the amazing prizes.  All of this happens with wonderful music by Adam Boyce.

Now all we need is for the weather to cooperate, but don’t forget that there is indoor seating so don’t let a little rain keep you away!

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Celebrate 200 Years of History and Sample Period Food!

Church of Our Savior at Mission Farm

Church of Our Savior Episcopal Church, that pretty little stone church on Mission Farm Road (against the hills opposite the Killington Skyeship on Route 4), is celebrating the 200th anniversary of the 1817 farmhouse that has been serving as the church’s vicarage.

The former vicarage was once a tavern and community gathering place. It will be re-inaugurated as the Josiah Wood’s Tavern Stand at the celebration, which will take place on Sunday, July 23rd, from 3-6 pm. The Tavern will offer period food and beverages, and live entertainment.

The public is cordially invited to the party!

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Plymouth Memorial Garden Inauguration

Midge Tucker inaugurates our new Memorial Garden. (Photo: Kathy Lynds)

Plymouth’s beautiful new Memorial Garden, located at the Community Center, was dedicated at a special ceremony on Sunday, June 11, 2017. The Garden was created by Midge and Bruce Tucker, with help from town volunteers, in honor of their long-time friend and neighbor Eliza (Liza) Ward.

The Memorial Garden has space for 94 memorial bricks. Currently 24 are in place. You can purchase bricks in memory of your loved ones by contacting Midge Tucker at or 802-672-3086. The cost is $25.50 per brick, and includes up to 6 lines of text, with 20 characters per line (including spaces).

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Liza Ward Remembered at Inauguration of Our New Memorial Garden — Margo’s Plymouth Report

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Plymouth residents share remembrances of Liza Ward at the inauguration of our new Memorial Garden. (Photo: Betsy Tonkin)


Summer seems to have arrived all of a sudden!  I am not complaining although it does seem strange to have to water the plants these past few days.  Tom was over at Camp Plymouth State Park on Sunday and it was bustling.  Some folks were even swimming!

Well, that old adage is true – you can’t be in two places at once and not three either!  I understand that the dedication of the Memory Garden and new signs at the Community Center was well-attended.  Fond memories of Liza Ward were shared.  There are currently 24 bricks in place, but there is room for 94 of them.  You can still purchase a brick in memory of a loved one by contacting Midge Tucker at or 802-672-3086.   The new sign identifies the Plymouth Community Center and also notes the presence of the Plymouth VT Historical Society and the Plymouth Schoolhouse Day Care Center that are also on the premises.

Our new Community Center sign! (Photo: Betsy Tonkin)

Baccalaureate for Black River High School was held at the church at the same time on Sunday, with 15 of the 27 seniors participating.  Plymouth resident Sage Allen was one of them and I am sorry that I was not aware that Olivia Burroughs and Dillon Murray from Tyson were also part of the class of 2017.  Best wishes for the future for all of them!

The third event that was taking place on Sunday was the Quilting in VT Hill Town exhibit at the President Coolidge Historic Site.  If you missed it as I did, be sure to check out the new exhibit – Homespun Treasures.  Also, it is so nice to have Wilder House open again!

There were many laughs as the Reading Group discussed Erma Bombeck’s book.  Although there were numerous references to happenings in the 70s, most of us could relate!  Our next selection will be The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Annie Barrow and Mary Ann Shaffer.  The review says it is: “written with warmth and humor as a series of letters, this novel is a celebration of the written word”.  So there you have it – consider joining us for the discussion to take place on 7/20 at 6:30 PM at the Community Center

Don’t miss our annual Strawberry Festival on June 21st!

Belated Happy Anniversary to Bob & Kathy Lynds who celebrated their 50th on 6/4!  Please note that there will not be a monthly community Reach Out Luncheon in June.  It is hoped that everyone will gather at Plymouth Strawberry Festival at Camp Plymouth State Park on Wed, 6/21, starting at 5:00 PM.     Many fun activities are planned for young and not-so-young alike.  Please consider attending to socialize and to support the three groups that offer services to the community – Plymouth Emergency Services, Tyson Ladies Aid and Tyson Congregational Church.  By the way, the list of raffle prizes keeps growing and you can buy tickets ahead of time through church members so you don’t miss out!

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Congratulations to Plymouth’s Graduating High School Seniors! Strawberry Festival Just Around the Corner — Margo’s Plymouth Report

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With Summer’s Arrival, Plymouth Venues Open for the Season — Margo’s Plymouth Report

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As I write, the rain is falling – watering the earth, but hopefully not dampening spirits on this holiday Monday.  The rest of the weekend, although not always sunny, at least provided plenty of time for outdoor activities.  While manning the money table at the Antique and Treasures sale at the Community Center on Saturday, we were able to watch the bikers whiz past on Rte 100.  I always hold my breath to see so many bikes in such a close cluster, thinking that if one falls, many will go down!

The Calvin Coolidge Historic Site opened this past weekend with a new exhibit –  Homespun Treasures, Textiles of Plymouth Notch.  The hours are 9:30 AM to 5:00 PM, but if you want to catch the last tour of the day, it starts at 4:00.  I understand that the first Musicale will take place on Sunday, 6/4.  While over that way check out Plymouth Cheese Factory (802- 672-3650) open daily from 9:30 AM – 5:00 PM with high quality and distinctive artisan cheese, plus an amazing assortment of other specialty foods.

Our two State Parks are open for the season. Camp Plymouth State Park (802-228-2025) on Echo Lake has a lovely beach with boats to rent, plus wonderful grassy areas with picnic tables.  Their hours are 10:00 AM to dusk.  Please leave your pets at home because they are not allowed at the park.   For overnight camping, Coolidge State Park off Rte 100A is the place to go with 26 tent/RV sites and 36 lean-to sites.  For reservations, call 1-888-409-7579.  For other information call 802.672.3612.

The Echo Lake Inn (802-228-8602) will open for dinner this week from Tues – Sat this week.  Since there will be weddings most weekends, plan to catch dinner there mid-week!  The Inn at Water’s Edge (802-228-8143) will again be offering their Thursday evening 4 Course Italian dinner specials at $25.00 per person, Including one glass of wine.  On Friday evenings a 4 course dinner for two is available for $70.00.

Tyson Library also opened for the season this past weekend.  There are an incredible number of books in our tiny building that is a wonderful volunteer project of the Tyson Ladies Aid.  The hours are every 1st and 3rd Monday from 6 – 7 PM and Tuesday – Saturday 10 AM until noon.  In addition there are passes available to VT State Parks and Historical Sites, Billings Farm and Museum, Echo Museum, and Wonder Feet in Rutland.

Plan to come to the Plymouth Community Center at 2:00 PM on Sunday, 6/11 for the dedication of the new Community Center sign and a Memorial Garden honoring Eliza Ward.  All remembrances of Liza will be welcome for this event.  Thanks to Midge & Bruce Tucker (at or 802-672-3086) for restoring and upgrading the garden, which is ringed by donated bricks memorializing loved ones and other individuals.   Bricks for $25.50 each can still be obtained with 6 lines with a total of  20 characters per line including spaces. Order forms will also be available at the dedication.  The garden is flanked by a bench for quiet meditation, given by a generous anonymous donor.  The new sign, a collaboration of research by Midge Tucker and Lauren Skaskiew, will advertise The Plymouth Schoolhouse Licensed Childcare and the Historical Society Museum, both currently residing in the building, as well as other pertinent information of future events.

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Hear Ye, Hear Ye – the Tyson Library is opening this weekend for the summer season!!!

Starting this Saturday, May 27th from 10 – noon, our historic library opens to the public with it’s usual great array of classics, fiction, non fiction, new titles, AND in addition to the books we have passes to VT State Parks and Historical Sites, Billings Farm and Museum, Echo Museum, and Wonder Feet that can all be checked out!
We are open for the season every 1st and 3rd Mondays from 6 – 7 pm and Tuesday – Saturday 10am to noon. Check us out and check something out for a great summer!

The Tyson Library in Ludlow, Vt., is required to support itself independently; public libraries in Vermont receive no state funding.

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