Reprinted with permission from The Vermont Standard
Please note that there will be several happenings in Plymouth this coming weekend. The “Coolidge Holiday Open House” will be held on Saturday, 12/7 from 10 AM – 4 PM. It will be wonderful to see the Coolidge Birthplace decorated as it would have looked in 1872, the year he was born. As usual, this free event will have something of interest for the entire family.
Willem Lange, well-known VPR commentator will present “Favor Johnson” about the mysterious Christmas Eve fruit cake delivery, a Vermont classic, but he will share other stories as well at his 11:00 AM presentation. Be sure to attend and sample Vintage Pies author, Anne Collins’ goodies at 1:00. Steve Morse will be providing music and consider joining the caroling at the church at 1:45.
Depending upon the snow conditions, there will be either wagon or sleigh rides; chocolate demonstrations where for $3 you can make your own chocolate snowman; hands-on activities for the young at heart and an opportunity to make a paper lanterns at the Education Center. For those who are interested, you can create paper ornaments and quilled snowflakes and even do your own wreath or purchase one!
This is also your chance from 1-4 PM to get the special Holiday postal cancellation with the latest John Lutz design. The Coolidge Homestead tours will be taking place from 12:30 to 2:00. Please be aware that this is also the last chance to see the 2019 temporary exhibit, Presidential Menagerie: The Coolidges and Their Pets.
Stop at the Cheese Factory and sample their specialty cheeses and find interesting gift ideas. The Museum Store will also be open with more gift selections. And last, but not least, come to the Wilder House for an amazing selection of pastries and soups created by members of Tyson Ladies Aid. Not only are they great cooks, they have so much fun serving patrons and socializing with them. The funds that are raised are poured right back into the community through scholarships, the Tyson Library and to meet many other local needs.
Now, you will not be finished with the weekend events because on Sunday, 12/8 the Plymouth Historical Society will be hosting an Open House and cookie exchange from 2 to 4 PM at the Community Center (former school building). Bring a dozen cookies to share & another dozen to swap for those others have made. Beverages will be served. Contact Midge for additional information at firstname.lastname@example.org.
And yes, the Plymouth Schoolhouse Childcare room will be open so youngsters can play in it and families can learn more about the programs being offered there. I would imagine that you will also have an opportunity to meet one of our newest residents, Liam Richard Harootunian, too!
However, you will still not be finished with the festivities yet because the lighting of the Plymouth Memory Tree will take place at 4:00 PM. Join folks as loved ones are remembered and learn how the donations help to serve the community. Plymouth is a happening place!
The Holiday offerings in town continue with the cake decorating class by Teresa Ennis at the Plymouth Community Center on Tuesday 12/10 at 4 PM. Teresa did a delightful presentation at one of our Community Luncheons, so I imagine this will be a wonderful learning experience as she shares her expertise and her humor with participants.
This is a hands-on class with the $15 fee covering the cost of materials and the instruction. There will be delicious pre-baked cupcakes that you will be taught how to fill and decorate, then you will be able to take them home! In order to help make sure there will be enough ingredients on hand, you can email me if you plan to attend, although it is not a prerequisite that sign up ahead of time.