Plymouth Holiday Celebration & Memory Tree Lighting 12/16

The entire community is invited to enjoy a Holiday gathering at The Plymouth Community Center starting at 2:30pm on December 16th. A family friendly Christmas movie will be shown in the Activity Room. Cookies, juice, coffee and tea will be served. There may be some Christmas Caroling as well!

The Plymouth Schoolhouse Childcare will have open doors for children to play in the classroom and families to visit the program. The Plymouth Historical Society will also be open for visitors. At 4pm the Plymouth Memory Tree Lighting Ceremony will take place on the front lawn of the The Community Center to conclude the celebrations. Come join the fun!

The Plymouth Memory Tree provides aid to Plymouth residents and the board thanks the community and all who have made a gift to date this year. View a list of 2017 memorials (as of 12/7)

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Memory Tree Lighting Ceremony and Candlelight Service Scheduled — Margo’s Plymouth Report

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Puffball Snowman, made by a Plymouth child in 2013 at an activity in the Plymouth Schoolhouse Community Center.


The weather remains amazing with so little snow and fairly warm temps, although by the time this is published, the forecast is calling for rain and snow. We know it is coming!

I imagine that by the time of the Memory Tree Lighting Ceremony at 4:00 PM on Saturday, 12/16 takes place, the ground may be seasonably white at the Community Center. Everyone is invited to come at 2:30 to view a Christmas movie shown in the Activity Room, where cookies, juice, coffee and tea will be served. Bring your voice to join in the Christmas caroling as well! This time will also provide an opportunity for children to play in the classroom at the Plymouth Schoolhouse Childcare and for others to peruse the Plymouth Historical Society exhibits.

To continue the community theme for the entire weekend, consider attending the Annual Community Candlelight Service at 7:00 PM on 12/17 at Tyson Church. This year we will have special music by John Hennelly performing Christmas Hallelujah, plus a children’s story. The singing of Christmas carols including Silent Night with the lighting of candles all around the sanctuary with close our service, but plan to come downstairs to share cookies and finger food with us.

Although a week early, I don’t want to forget to congratulate Betty Ann and Bob Hayward on their 50th wedding anniversary coming up on 12/16

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Coolidge Holidays, Tyson Church Advent Season, WUHS performance: Early December in Plymouth! — Margo’s Plymouth Report

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“Winter” (Old mural at the Plymouth Schoolhouse Activity Center)


That was quite a mini-blizzard at 8:00 AM this past Sunday morning – a reminder of things to come! Anyway, it seemed fitting as we decorated the church for Advent and Christmas. This coming week we will be focusing on anticipation and hope at our 10:30 Worship service. At 5:00 PM we will be having our Service of Remembrance when we will light candles for those we are missing during this Holiday season.

Mark your calendars for the Coolidge Holiday Open House on Saturday, 12/2, from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Join in the fun of Christmas past – the way it used to be. Steve Morse will entertain with holiday organ and piano music throughout the day and lead caroling at the Union Christian Church at 1:30 pm. Add to your fun by making a “Great Winter Hat” and possibly winning a prize at 3:00 pm. There are so many activities that I can’t name them all! Will there be sleigh or wagon rides?  Not only will there be craft demonstrations, but young and young-at-heart alike can make wonderful things to bring home. Chocolate and cheese samples will tantalize your taste buds, and a variety of soups and chili prepared by Tyson Ladies Aid will warm you up at the Wilder House.

You can enjoy a wonderful WUHS performance of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang Friday, 12/1 at 7pm, Saturday, 12/2 at 7pm, or Sunday, 12/3 at 3pm.   Come see local Plymouth talent: Anna Hepler as a Vulgarian spy, Julia Kowalski as the Child Catcher and Junkman, and Eve Cole as the Baroness, with posters by Ian Dupont. Tickets are $10/adults and $5/students and seniors.

The Book Group has decided to read Sisters First by Jenna Bush Hager and Barbara Pierce Bush. Plan to join us to discuss it on Thursday, 1/11 at 6:30 pm at the Community Center. A belated happy birthday (11/26) to Julia Pierson, who is currently residing at the Gill Home.

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Can You Help with the Monthly Reach Out Luncheon? — Margo’s Plymouth Report

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Dorothy and Roger Pingree, Betty Ann and Bob Hayward are pictured with Captain Claude Weyant from the Windsor County Sheriff’s Dept at the Reach Out Community Luncheon on 2/20/2015 downstairs at Tyson Church.


In order to meet the VS deadline, I am writing this one early. We have just had the Reach Out Luncheon featuring a wonderful turkey dinner prepared mostly by Tyson Ladies Aid. The snow may have been a limiting factor, but I wish there had been more folks there to share it. Those who did attend enjoyed socializing as well as the bountiful meal. The help of the teens from the Windsor County Youth Services boys and girls homes was invaluable, as usual. Their youthfulness adds a certain hum of activity and gaiety to this gathering.

So now I have a plea to send out to the community. Tyson Church reimburses the expenditure for the entree, but the side dishes and dessert are provided by volunteers. Although the teens assist with serving and clean-up, someone needs to help plan the meal, see who will be on-hand and make sure all the pieces come together. The Community Room at the church provides an ideal setting and I believe we have been serving the community in this way for approximately 6 years now.

We have had some elaborate meals, but the main purpose of this monthly event is the time to socialize – to get to know folks in the surrounding area. In other words, to promote a sense of community. There are no age limitations, no fees – just getting to know your neighbors. We usually have a speaker for entertainment or information – sometimes both. We have a wealth of interesting and knowledgable people around here!

I know that many non-church folks, even from neighboring towns help with the popular breakfasts at the Bridgewater UCC church. It is a community effort and seems to be fun for all who participate, including the volunteers as well as the attendees.

In the past the partnership of the church and Tyson Ladies Aid has helped to make it possible for these luncheons to take place 10 months per year – none in December or June. Are there folks out there who have not previously been involved who would be willing to lend a hand so this special time can continue that often? It doesn’t need to be a fancy meal. Soup and cold cuts, or a tasty casserole, salad, perhaps with a favorite cake or batch of cookies. Email me if you would like to help!

Thanksgiving is upon us and I am truly thankful for all of those who have participated in the past. Let’s come together to see that it continues. Thanksgiving Blessings to one and all!

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Reachout Luncheon Turkey Dinner This Week; Tyson Church Christmas Season Events Announced — Margo’s Plymouth Report

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So, are we done with those glorious Oct days of unseasonable warmth? How can we complain after such gorgeous color so far into fall. Believe it or not, I had a second crop of tomatoes off one of my potted plants – amazing because we live in the woods and have limited sunlight!

Such fun to see folks at the turkey dinner at the Grange on Saturday night. As usual, a wonderful feast! I know it is hard work ahead of time, in the kitchen and out with many attentive servers scurrying around, but I hope you know it is greatly appreciated.

You can still enjoy a turkey dinner with all the trimmings at the Reach Out Luncheon downstairs in the church Community Room at 11:30 on Thursday, 11/16. This marvelous meal is jointly sponsored by Tyson Ladies Aid and Tyson Church. All are welcome!

The change in the weather does signal the desire and the need to think about Christmas. We had our Church Council meeting today after Worship to make our plans, so I thought I would share them with you. Advent begins 12/3, when we will have special readings and start lighting our Advent candles. That evening will be our Service of Remembrance at 5:00 PM, when we will light individual candles for those we are missing during this Holiday season. Our Annual Community Candlelight Service will be at 7:00 PM on 12/17. All are invited and encouraged to stay for our cookie sharing fellowship time downstairs afterward! On 12/24 in the morning, Janice Chilek will be with us, as we sing Christmas carols & reflect on how Christ has been reborn in our hearts this year. We do not have a Christmas Eve service, but many of us enjoy visiting other churches for their celebrations.

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Letter to a Veteran

I could tell by the way you stood in line, your knees slightly bent

to relieve the tension in your back, your body moving from

one leg to another, seeking a moment of relief… I knew you

were in pain, your gaze to the floor, as you tried to

control your frustration.


I sensed by your demeanor that you had lived a hard life. You looked

too thin, your were too restless.

Both lines were stuck, and you, with your small basket of a few items,

desperately tried to hold yourself together.

You looked at me and said, ‘It doesn’t matter what line I choose,

it always seems to be the wrong one.’

I replied, ‘you always have to go with your gut and hope for the best’.


You were distracted for a moment when a man

approached and started a conversation.

It was then I realized you are a veteran.

I overheard the names of many places in which our country had been

involved in conflict, such as Somalia and Fallujah.

You have been far and seen much.


The day before, while going thru a box of keepsakes,

I found the Time Magazine edition of the September 11, 2001 attack on our nation.

As always, tears flowed at the photos of people running,

ash on their faces so thick it looked like mud, the profound picture

of people jumping to escape being burned alive,

hoping for one more moment of fresh air and possibly a sensation

of flight, before the blackness.


Those memories, of our Connecticut community

with so many families impacted by the attack

in New York on that day, those wives who waited

at the train station for the person who never returned;

I was not one of those, but like everyone, I felt deeply

their loss.


You had chosen a difficult career,

perhaps as a response to the attack

on 9/11. Perhaps it was your only choice.


You chose to be a warrior.

You told me about your squad’s encounter with an IED. How that device

had detonated behind you, how the others with you in your vehicle

were unrecognizable after the explosion. How that event

resulted in your physical and spiritual pain.



You saw then, the tears rolling down my face

and quickly added, “it’s ok, I was lucky.

The VA gave me a German Shepherd, trained by a

breeder in California to help soldiers with PTSD.”

You were so sensitive to the sadness that overwhelmed me, so humble at being

the one left standing.


I told you there are probably many people like me, who have no clue of the danger

soldiers, such as yourself face every day.

I told you I am ashamed of that, of not giving thought

to you in the far off regions of unrest that you serve.

Ashamed that I take for granted the freedom from fear

that most of the world cannot know.


A lifetime of experience separates us,

but on this afternoon, in a grocery store line,

as we waited to check out, we found common ground,

we connected as only a soulful warrior and a caring citizen can,

by listening with compassion, humility and gratefulness.


As you gathered your bag of groceries, we shook hands and exchanged names.

You thanked me for asking about your life. I thanked you for taking care of the freedoms I enjoy.

I was struck by the imprint of a stranger who crossed my path that day.

There are some whose stories are so profound, so difficult to imagine, yet

their humility is so powerful, it leaves an indelible impression of great character.


With respect and honor to all those who serve,

a grateful citizen



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President Calvin Coolidge Historic Site to Host Annual Holiday Festivities in Early December — Margo’s Plymouth Report

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Sleigh ride at Calvin Coolidge Historic Site, December 2013


Well, today (Sunday) was for me a typical November day – damp, chilly and overcast! It is the kind of day that almost makes me yearn for some gentle white snowflakes to soften the landscape. Almost, because I haven’t bought my new tires yet!

Halloween has come and gone, but I imagine there is still a preponderance of candy stashed in various places, especially if you have youngsters around. Thanks to Sue and Phil Tomlet for another outstanding Halloween party with several luscious soups and plenty of scrumptious desserts as well.

Tyson Ladies Aid held its November meeting on the 2nd and plans were made for the special Reach Out Luncheon (a joint venture of TLA and Tyson Church) that will include turkey and all the trimmings. So, consider joining the party – 11:30 AM on Thursday, 11/16. It was also discussed that the ladies will be providing food at the Holiday festivities at the Coolidge Homestead, so soups, chili, pies and pastries will abound on 12/2. More to come later…..

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