Tyson Ladies Aid Bazaar on Saturday the 10th! ~ Margo’s Plymouth Report

Reprinted with permission by The Vermont Standard


We are into August – where does the time go! It already seems to be getting dark earlier, but here is hoping we have many more delightful days before the weather turns. These cooler nights are great for sleeping!

Although the crowd seemed a bit smaller, there were still plenty of people on hand for Old Home Day at the Notch. I was mainly helping at the Emergency Services BBQ, so I didn’t get to see all of the other activities, but this adorable little girl, Avery, with the American Flag was just too cute not to get a picture. Her dad, Matthew Denhart is the Executive Director of the Calvin Coolidge Presidential Foundation.

Coming up this next weekend is the Tyson Ladies Aid Bazaar that will be held at the Veterans Park in Ludlow from 10 – 2 on Saturday, 8/10 or the Ludlow Community Center in case of rain. Members have been busy creating marvelous baskets for the raffle – something for everyone, even ones that will interest men shoppers. Worth checking out!

The luscious chicken BBQ will take place at noon, but the Bake Table will be loaded with wonderful goodies as well. The Book Sale may need to be expanded to two tables his year, so come peruse, then simply fill a bag and make a donation.

This fundraising event helps to ensure the continued good works of TLA – scholarships for graduating seniors from both BRHS and WUHS, upkeep of Tyson Library, and meeting many other community needs.

Thanks to the several local folks who will be preparing food for the 8/15 Community Luncheon downstairs at Tyson Church.  Come around 11:15 to chat and hear some travel stories before we dive into lasagna, salad and dessert. There is no charge, but donations are always accepted. We really appreciate the help provided by teens from Windsor County Youth Services with serving and cleanup.

After so many years in the community and I might add for us a number of delicious dinners at the Inn at Waters Edge, there is a tinge of sadness bidding farewell to Bruce and Tina. It will be a well-deserved rest, however, and we wish them well.

More properties are changing hands these days.

1) 8 Acres off Route 100; $275,000 State of Vermont, Dept. of Forests, Parks, and Recreation to Markowski Excavating, Inc.

2) 45 Kingdom Rd $895,000 Bruce and Tina Verdrager to Waters Edge, LLC

3) 1830 Lynds Hill Rd $87,000 Thomas and Linda Rossi to Philip O’Brien and Catherine Newman

4) 743 Chapman Rd $250,000 Denis Young to Ian and Laura Harbage

5) 199 Kingdom Rd $470,000 Jonathan Vosburgh to Cecil and Leslie Allgoo

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Old Home Day at the Notch~ Margo’s Plymouth Report

Reprinted with permission by The Vermont Standard


We were away this weekend visiting family on Oneida Lake in NY.  We are so fortunate to have our lovely little lakes in our area but I realized that they are pretty small by comparison!  In any case, it is still wonderful to pull right up and take a dip on these hot days.

This coming weekend will be Old Home Day at the Notch.  Festivities on Saturday, 8/3 take place from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.   You can enjoy craft and farm demonstrations, wagon rides, music, chicken barbecue by Plymouth Emergency Services and much more.

Stop at the church at 11 to learn more about Moxie (President Coolidge’s favorite soft drink) from Merrill Lewis, president of the New England Moxie Congress, who has co-authored a book that can be purchased and signed.  After enjoying the noontime delicious  chicken BBQ, at 2:47 p.m. you can attend the reenactment of Calvin Coolidge’s 1923 Homestead Inaugural with Coolidge family members on the Homestead porch.

There will be so many activities for all ages and lively music by local favorite, Adam Boyce. I am not going to mention everything that will be happening, but come enjoy this delightful experience for your eyes, ears, & taste buds (food samples, too).

Speaking of food, I already have a dessert for the 8/15 Community Luncheon, but volunteers are needed to make the entree and sides. Although not a church function, Tyson Church very graciously reimburses for the main course ingredients.  Anyone want to lend a hand?  This monthly event provides a nice lunch break and an opportunity to get to know folks in the area!  Still working on a speaker, too.


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Current event recap~ Margo’s Plymouth Report

Reprinted with permission from The Vermont Standard


I am writing this on Sunday afternoon and just realized that I am going to miss the Grace Coolidge Musicale that will be taking place shortly! Pianist, Abigail Charbeneau and mezzo-soprano, Ellen Nordstrom will be performing and part of me regrets not being there.  I, however, will be swimming in Echo Lake at the invitation of a friend.  Life is full of difficult choices….

The recent weather seems so unVermont-like lately.  It is not often that the nights remain in the 70s, but that has happened for a couple of nights now.  Although we live in the woods, I do like to open up the house at night to let the cool air in, then close it during the day if the temps are going to rise appreciably.  No cool air circulating last night!

Late afternoon on Saturday, we were at a delightful party in Woodstock and the breeze made all the difference, especially in the shade. As we cruised by Camp Plymouth State Park, the beach was not as packed as anticipated, but I imagine folks were gathered on the grass under the trees; only emerging long enough to dunk themselves in the clear, relatively cool lake water.

Thanks to Windsor County Youth Services for handling the BBQ for the monthly Community Luncheon last Thursday and to others who assisted with food items.  Our speaker was Tayo Kirshhof, Director of the Ottauquechee Health Foundation.  She provided information about their wonderful programs.  Their goal of fostering health and wellness includes provision of caregiver and other referral services, plus respite and good neighbor grants.  It is no secret that medical care costs can easily get out of hand, so they strive to help make these expenses less devastating and more manageable.  Check out WWW.ohfvt.org.

On Thursday the Reading Group viewed the documentary that led to the novel, The Rent Collector, that we read in May.  It was overwhelming to see the way the folks lived in that dump in Cambodia, yet their resilience was admirable.   It has since been closed.  Our next book selection is Where the Crawdads Sing by Della Owens.  It is about a murder in a small town in NC.  The author notes that: “we are forever shaped by the children we once were, and that we are all subject to the beautiful and violent secrets that nature keeps.”  Consider reading it and joining us for discussion on 8/29.



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Community Luncheon and Book Club Coming Up — Margo’s Plymouth Report

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I am writing this on Sunday on a near perfect weather day! My cousin from Mobile called this morning bemoaning their heat and humidity – a bit jealous of our lovely forecast. The storm on Saturday afternoon unleashed some heavy rain and caused power outages, although not in the immediate area. After supper it was cooler and clear – just right for an evening walk!
The Calvin Coolidge Foundation arranged for the fireworks on the 3rd and there were a few very pretty new ones this year. Unfortunately nearby grass caught fire, but thankfully several firemen were on hand and a second fire truck was mobilized to handle it. Thanks to Steve Radonis for adding a comment to the Plymouth Press regarding Angela Kissel, who unbeknownst to me, joined the Dept a few months ago and has even completed Fire Fighter One training. Way to go!
There was quite a crowd on hand at the July 4th events at the Coolidge Homestead. With folks coming and going, it was difficult to estimate, but I wouldn’t be surprised if 500 people were in attendance. It was a toasty day, but the music was delightful and everyone seemed to be having fun.
Emergency Service quickly sold out at the BBQ. Bill Jenney was grateful that they agreed to provide food, since Wilder is not currently open. Someone from the Coolidge Foundation was walking around cheerfully handing out bottled water! There were many takers for the birthday cake (see picture), as well.
The monthly Luncheon downstairs in the Community Room of Tyson Church on Thursday, 7/18 will be a BBQ. Thanks to Tom Gianola from the Echo Lake Inn for loaning us the grill and Windsor County Youth Services for providing the burgers and hot dogs and cooking them up! For sides, we have offers of pasta salad and coleslaw, but we probably need another salad and also dessert. Anyone interested in providing these items please let me know. There is no charge for the luncheon, so it is wonderful how various people assist with meal prep. If summer weather continues, I will pick up a watermelon, too!
The Book Group will be meeting at the Community Center at 6:30 PM on 7/18, which could make for a busy day for some of us. We will be discussing Into the Wilderness by VT author, Deborah Lee Luskin.  Come join the discussion
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4th of July Celebrations at The Calvin Coolidge Homestead ~ Margo’s Plymouth Report

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It looks like we are really into summer! Storms and showers are passing through, but the sunshine has been lovely and our gardens need some rain. I just plan indoor activities when those clouds roll in. I know I always have plenty of inside tasks that need my attention, although on nice days I struggle to deal with them…..

On the 4th of July, our Historic Site celebrates the birth of our nation as well as the birthday of our 30th president, Calvin Coolidge with several activities: The reading of the Declaration of Independence in the Union Christian Church at 9:00 a.m. The Naturalization Ceremony at 10 and at noon the “parade” with the Vermont National Guard to the Plymouth Notch Cemetery to lay the wreath from the White House. Coolidge family members will be in attendance. Then, the Plymouth Volunteer Fire Department will be on hand to provide the BBQ.

Throughout the day enjoy the many activities: wagon rides, the Stringfield Springers old time string band, cheese sampling at the factory, children’s games on the Aldrich House lawn, and the Plymouth Historical Society’s “The Villages of Old Plymouth” exhibit. Don’t forget the championship round of the Coolidge Cup National Debate Tournament starting at 1:00 and Calvin Coolidge re-enactor, Tracy Messer, presenting “Recollections of 1919: The Boston Police Strike” at 3:00.

For more details about the Declaration of Independence reading, Naturalization Ceremony and Debate Tournament, contact the Coolidge Foundation at 802-672-3389.  Be sure to check out the award-winning permanent exhibition, More Than Two Words: The Life and Legacy of Calvin Coolidge at the Education Center, as well as this year’s temporary exhibit, Presidential Menagerie: The Coolidges and Their Pets.  More information can be obtained at 802-672-3773 or www.historicsites.vermont.gov

I understand that the Fire Dept has taken in a new member – welcome to Donnie Girard! Although the usual number of fires in town is small, investigating smoke alarms & assisting at accidents are other important functions. There is always a need for more members, so consider how you can help.

Windsor County Youth Services assists with our monthly Community Luncheons that are held in the space downstairs at Tyson Church and for July 18th, they will be helping to provide our BBQ with hot dogs and hamburgers. I already have a donation of pasta salad. Anyone interested in providing other salads and dessert, please let me know! Come get to know your neighbors and enjoy some time socializing – everyone is welcome!


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A public service announcement for those who visit:


Bears are awake and hungry.  The most common sources of food that attract bears are pet food, bird feeders, barbecue grills, garbage, household trash containers and open dumpsters.

Plymouth residents know this, however, visitors who come here for a short visit might not be aware that leaving their garbage at “curb side” on Sunday afternoon, or in a container that is not bear proof, is a calling card for bears. Bears love garbage and will leave no container unopened.   They’re not very good about keeping things in a neat pile either.  Your garbage is dragged into the road and across the landscape, a long trail of everything you left behind.

The Department of Fish and Wildlife lists the following measures to protect property from bears:

Never feed bears deliberately or accidentally

Feed your pets indoors

Feed birds from December to March only

Store trash in a secure place.  Trash cans alone are not enough.

If you don’t have a secure place to leave your trash, consider taking it back home with you!

We welcome you to our town and know you want to be a good neighbor.  We can all work together to keep our landscape safe and free of litter.

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Seeking Operator for The Wilder House Restaurant

The Vermont Division for Historic Preservation is seeking an operator for The Wilder House Restaurant at the President Calvin Coolidge State Historic Site.
For further information, please contact Bill Jenney at 672-3773.
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