Reprinted by permission of The Vermont Standard
Variable weather persists, but we did need rain. It has been too dry to burn and we have seen what can happen when the burn ban is not followed. Our small Plymouth
Fire Department needed lots of help to try to contain the brush fire that got away and scorched many acres. Thanks to the ten or so surrounding Fire Companies who aided in the effort to control the blaze. How fortunate that no houses were in harm’s way, although fire support was dispersed to several locations overnight in case the fire spread to nearby homes. It took until late in the afternoon the following day to bring the fire under control. Thanks also to all who lent a hand with water, food, other needed manpower.
Another successful community luncheon took place Tyson Church this past week. Thanks to John Oliveri for the wonderful chicken, Nancy Hagge for a delicious salad and Kate Andrews for dessert. Folks are encouraged to attend the Plymouth Strawberry Festival on 6/20, so there will not be a luncheon in June.
Please note that the book group will meet on Thursday, 5/24 at 6:30 p.m. at the Community Center to discuss The Story of Land and Sea by Katy Simpson Smith. Join in the fun and also help to choose the next selection to be read!
Get ready – the President Calvin Coolidge State Historic Site will open 10:00 AM- 5:00 PM on Saturday, 5/26 through 10/21/18. This year’s new temporary exhibit is The Coolidge Summer Retreats, 1924-1928, which looks at President Coolidge’s five Summer White House locations. Of particular interest is the head dress given to President Coolidge when he was made leader of the Sioux Nation, which is on display for the first time in Vermont, having been at the Forbes Library in Northampton since the 1920s.
Come visit the Site and enjoy the two museum shops, walking trails, the restaurant for breakfast and lunch, the sheltered picnic areas, and of course the luscious offerings at the Plymouth Artisan Cheese Factory. Make note of the various ongoing programs: Tuesday Tales of The Notch with Bill Jenney; Wednesday Afternoons with Farmer Fred including wagon rides; and Summer Thursdays and Saturdays at the Old Notch School—activities organized by the Calvin Coolidge Presidential Foundation in the 1890 one-room schoolhouse.
I want to express appreciation for the wonderful retirement party that Tyson Congregational Church hosted for me at Bethany Birches Camp this past Sunday. The food was plentiful and delicious, Erik Johansson played three instruments and sang some of his wonderful songs, noting that it was Pentecost Sunday, plus there were many folks from a number of different churches who came to enjoy the celebration. The boys from the Windsor County Youth Services Home made a delightful card with a heartwarming poem written by one of the teens. I am grateful that many donations were received for the camp. A number of folks suggested possible places where I could volunteer with my extra time!
Some of us have already deposited items for the upcoming Town Tag Sale at the Community Center (the former Plymouth Elementary School on Rte 100) to be held this weekend – Saturday, 5/26 and Sunday, 5/27 from 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM. Come peruse the array of offerings and chat with local folks at the same time!