Plymouth History Shines in the Summer, and You Can Participate! –Margo’s Plymouth Report

Reprinted by permission of The Vermont Standard

6/21/15

Storms have been passing in and out, but as I write this column on Sunday afternoon, the sun is bright and the air is humid.  Oh well, it is summer and I for one am grateful for it.  A walk with friends immediately after church in a light drizzle felt good.

Speaking of church, today we had 5 youngsters (ages 2-4), plus their parents attend our monthly Children’s Sunday.  Cindy Summer, with the help of teenager Theresa Steward, talked with them about their fathers, our Heavenly Father, and helped them to make cards.  We also sang Happy Birthday to Dot Pingree, but I am not going to tell her age!

For those of you who did not attend the Strawberry Festival on the 17th, you missed a terrific event!  Lots of people (over 400), great food, and wonderful prizes – all in one place on a delightful June evening in one of our 2 lovely state parks.  Thanks to the many businesses and individuals who so graciously provided time, energy, and donations!

I understand from the Historical Society meeting minutes that they plan to put together a photo exhibit on the different Hamlets in Plymouth.   Looking forward to seeing it.  They are still working on the “Irene” documentary, as well, so you have time to add your input.

In reading the 6/8 Select Board minutes, I see that Ham Gillett spoke about the Recycling changes that will take effect 7/1 and that he provided the Town Hall with various flyers for distribution.  You can also obtain more information atwww.recycle.vt.gov.  Hopefully a meeting will take place soon so that we can learn how Plymouth will be implementing the new regs.

So be sure to come to Plymouth Notch on July 4th for all of the events.  At 10:00 AM you can see the Naturalization Ceremony for new U.S. citizens.  Then folks will begin to gather on the green around 11:30 for the walk to the cemetery with the Presidential wreath.  Don’t forget to include Jim Cooke’s final solo performance as Calvin Coolidge at 1:30 PM on your agenda, perhaps with lunch at the Wilder House in-between!

There is a way to share your enthusiasm for history by volunteering some mornings during May, June, September, and October to explore the President Calvin Coolidge State Historic Site with students. Become a docent for the Coolidge Foundation’s History Exploration Program.  Contact Education Director Diane Kemble at education@calvin-coolidge.org or call 802-672-3389.

Another need is for seasonal tour guides this summer and fall at the Historic Site.  It would provide a good opportunity for you to learn more about the Coolidge legacy and to interact with an enthusiastic public!  Please contact site administrator Bill Jenney at 802-672-3773.

Photos from this year’s Strawberry Festival (thanks to Betty Aubin):

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