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Community Breakfast Café L♡VE!

“Love” Says it All!

CommunityCare of Lyme has been honored to host five Community Breakfast Cafés — three at the First Baptist Church of Lyme and two at the Lyme Congregational Church — each in its own unique style, coordinated by a different team of volunteers. WOW. We have been graced with extraordinary care, creativity, and culinary skills that have brought together old and new friends in a special way. Guests from just a few weeks young to more than a few decades wise have made their way through below zero temperatures to a warm and welcoming table.


The Next

Community Breakfast Café

will be at the

First Baptist Church of Lyme

Monday, March 7th, 7:30-9:30am.

Please join us!


The February Café at Lyme Congregational Church was a tour-de-force created by Mimi Weinstein and an eager group of volunteers, including Janet Goldberger, Bill and Kathy Waste, Karen Sanders, Dayle Mason, Amy Hayden, Lynn McRae, and Aniko Fejes-Toth. Check out a few photos of the special breakfast:

January’s Café at LCC was a broad team effort, with many cooks providing scrumptious baked dishes: quiches, baked french toast, frittatas, and more. We also had a great setup, serving, and clean up crew, as always. Big thanks to Lisa Celone, Patty Jenks, Dayle Mason, Kathy Sherrieb, Lynn McRae, Lorry Kenton, Fred Schaafsma, and Bill and Kathy Waste. We served over thirty guests and sent several meals home to friends who weren’t able to make the trip out that morning.

Looking back to the November and December breakfasts, both held at the First Baptist Church of Lyme, we’ll share our gratitude through the words of huge supporter Barbara Balch, who helped coordinate both events:

November: A HUGE THANK YOU to everyone who helped make Community Care of Lyme’s second Breakfast Café an overwhelming success. 
Bruce Balch & Polly Gray, Chef’s Extraordinaire, Janet Goodhue, Rita DeGoosh, and Linda Woodward — a multi-talented dedicated kitchen crew — plus Lee Lopez and Liz Whitcomb. And most of all to all the diners that came together over a plate of fabulous food and a hot cup of coffee (or tea as the case may be!) 

December: Very early in the morning, (In the photos below, see super moon setting on Baker Hill and over Adair Mulligans home!) happy chefs and support crew gathered in the First Baptist Church Vestry to prepare breakfast. See pics of some of the kitchen crew!  And what a feast of sounds, smells, and savoriness (yup, it’s a real word!) assaulted the senses of those in attendance. Elders and young folks, oldies and newbies, and everyone in between enjoyed great food, great conversation, and great fellowship. Perfect all the way around. Looking forward to January when we can do it all again! A few more photos of some happy diners… and Mr. and Mrs. Santa’s Helpers!  Thank you, Community Care of Lyme for providing this scrumptious venue for gathering together

Community Breakfast Cafés began humbly and hopefully in October 2017, after a neighbors mentioned that it’s not always fun to have breakfast alone. We are excited by the increasing involvement! Each month we have new guests, as well as new offers to help with some aspect of event.

Please let friends and neighbors know about upcoming breakfasts, and let us know if you’d like to be part of an upcoming hosting team. All are welcome!

By | 2018-02-07T16:05:48+00:00 February 7th, 2018|Events, Health and Wellness|0 Comments

Atul Gawande Simulcast on Community and Choice

CommunityCare of Lyme is pleased to host a “watch party” and conversation at the Lyme Congregational Church on September 25th. Please note the new location, increasing the capacity for the event.

Dr. Atul Gawande, author of Being Mortal, will speak on “The Value of Community and Choice as We Grow Older” in Boston to celebrate the 15th anniversary of the founding of Beacon Hill Village.

Doors will open at 4:30pm and the simulcast program will run 5-6pm. Conversation and refreshments will follow.

The Village to Village Network is sponsoring the program, and Caldwell Law is supporting refreshments. There will be no charge to attend. Donations will be gratefully accepted to cover ongoing programming.

 

Click here for the full event listing.

By | 2017-09-18T22:13:07+00:00 August 24th, 2017|Events|0 Comments

Stuffy Sleepover!

Lyme’s own Converse Free Library hosted another fabulous Stuffie Sleepover, July 12-13. 36 stuffies came to play, and they had quite a party!

Click on the link to check out the slideshow of the event …

A few fun photos of the evening:

We love our library!

What a great place for kids, grown-ups of all ages, and even stuffies to spend quality time this summer.  Click here for the library’s website to see all the latest.

 

By | 2017-07-18T23:47:56+00:00 July 18th, 2017|Events|0 Comments

Sean King in the House

Sean King in the House!

A guest blog by James Graham

My family and I were excited to meet and break bread with New York Daily News reporter and civil rights activist Shaun King last Friday at the Richard Anthony Risio Center for Play and Practice in Thetford. Former Lyme resident, Carolyn Bardos, who runs the center, invited Shaun King to give the talk that took place at Thetford Academy. She also invited me to play music along with my son Ramon, Tuck Stocking, Thomas Chapin, and Maria Squire. We were all invited to a potluck after the event where we met Shaun King’s beautiful family and enjoyed stimulating discussion amidst the joyful din of children unleashed.

The author, Maria Squire, Tuck Stocking, Thomas Chapin, and Ramon Graham perform before Shaun King’s talk in Thetford.

Shaun King is an important civil rights leader of our time. His main focus is police brutality in America. This issue, though seemingly of  little or no relevance to us in Lyme, is one that has dire affects on families all across America. In his talk, Mr. King laid out some of the statistics that show we are are actually in a crisis with regard to the number of unarmed citizens that are killed by police every year. He pointedly called upon those of us who live in areas with a largely progressive culture to do our part to effect change locally that will benefit all Americans.

What impresses me most about Shaun King is his wisdom and compassion combined with his fierce activism. He courageously speaks the truths that are often difficult for us to hear, yet is always careful to avow his deep respect for good policing and his love and compassion even for the people he disagrees with.

At a time when many of us are bewildered by the events in Washington D.C. and the news we hear from around the country, I hope you get a chance to hear what Shaun King has to say.

By | 2017-07-18T21:46:09+00:00 July 18th, 2017|Events, Guest Blog|0 Comments

Summer Free for All Concert Series

Living Life in and around Lyme

Nancy Copeland’s Guest Blog

Grab your friends and a summer picnic and a little wine and dancin’ shoes, and come to the Dartmouth Green for three free summer concerts! On July 5th, the Corey Ledet Creole/Zydeco Band from Louisiana played while the crowd danced the evening away. The green fills up with families and kids and friends of all ages.

Coming up:
Wednesday, July 26th – Septeto Santiguero, Cuban/Latin band
Wednesday, August 29th – Rocky Dawuni, Ghana-born artist with Reggae anthems

The Hanover Farmers Market sells some great local farm foods as well.

So mark your calendars for some high energy summer fun!

4th of July Thank You

I don’t quite know where to start. Someone asked me why we don’t have our holiday celebrations on the holiday…..the answer is complicated, but this year the 4th on the 4th would have been much better weather-wise! What a beautiful day.
What was intended to be a continuing successful celebration on the 1st  proved to be a challenge in any number of ways.  The end result of the Lyme Independence Day Celebration, though, was a blend of fun, astonishment, resourcefulness … and acknowledgement that sometimes the best laid plans just get screwed up!

The Independence Day Committee extends it’s sincere (and I truly do mean SINCERE) appreciation to everyone who pitched in.

There are innumerable people and entities who deserve our sincerest thanks.  This particular event saw the helping hands of many and I don’t even know for sure who they all were!  What I do know is this: We are truly blessed with the willingness and creative ways many people came together to help in any number of ways through an unanticipated ordeal. Forgive me please if I have inadvertently missed someone for this list. And feel free to respond in the comments with any accolades I should have included!

It’s no overstatement to say we could not have done this without your help …
  • To the Lyme Congregational Church, who literally opened its collective doors from daylight to dark to enable safe shelter and dining, lending tables, chairs, facility and food. May these plentiful blessings come back to you tenfold.
  • To Those Guys, who seemed to be everywhere doing everything all at once. There are no words … Our Sincere appreciation.
  • To Dowds’ Country Inn, who donated tables and cloths, lemonade, containers and who knows what else. THANK YOU.
  • To the Hanover Food Coop and Cuttings Northside Café for the Bill Ackerly memorial ICE CREAM Giveaway and to Curtis Shepard for donation and delivery of the freezer to keep the ice cream frozen! Bill’s spirit of love and community fills the air. Thank you.
  • To Berway Farm for gallons of fresh Berway Farm milk (including chocolate!!), donated along with the generous use of their refrigerated trailer.
  • To Jeff Snelling & crew for braving the elements as they roasted the pig and doled out the BBQ!!!!! You are heroes! And wow, was that yummy
  • To my girls: Katie Jenks, Holly Lewis, and Emilie and Olivia Taylor, for helping to prepare mountains of berries and cole slaw and for help all day in setting up and serving the meal. Wow.
  • To the bands who got rained on, rained out, relocated and pitched into darkness several times … Thank You so much for your good nature and willingness to carry on through the worst of it.
  • To those who organized and prepared for children’s activities, the parade, and patriotic singing and recitations. Your work filled the town with spirit, even though the weather did not allow us to experience your hard work.
  • To ALL THE VOLUNTEERS — many of whom I do not know — who jumped into action setting up, breaking down and being helpful in any number of critical ways. Many, many thanks.
  • To Anthony Casale, Lyme’s Police Officer, who agreed to spend part of his weekend away from the Police Academy, working a “peaceful parade”.  So sorry Anthony!  Please know your help, attitude and resourcefulness did not go unnoticed and your involvement was deeply appreciated.
  • To Emi and Kevin Gray, the Teccas and others who provided lanterns to get us through the darkness at dinner. THANK YOU!
  • To Lyme’s Emergency Services and Highway Department who monitored the weather situation and sent us home before it became too dangerous.  Thank You for watching out for us.
  • To Lyme Fire & FAST Squads who had challenges over and above the usual filling of the dunk tank and traffic control. Their day started early and didn’t end…seguing into Sunday as they dealt with the storm and subsequent damages–we are so blessed to have you. Thank you is not adequate.
Last, and with regret, because I don’t know who you all are, I extend deep appreciation to anyone involved in pulling off this very peculiar event, to those who braved the miserable elements to attend, and to those who tried & couldn’t get there because of the road damages. Let’s hope the festival next year isn’t quite so challenged!

I know I speak for all the IDC members when I say loudly and with great love, thank you to our family and friends who made themselves available to do whatever was needed, from start to finish. That list is way too long for here!

Happy 4th of July, everyone.

Patty
By | 2017-07-07T14:32:35+00:00 July 4th, 2017|Events|1 Comment

First Friday Dinners “Celebrating Community”

The West Fairlee Community Club is hosting “First Friday Dinners” Celebrating Community.

Meals are free and held at the West Fairlee Community Club at the intersection of Middlebrook Road and Bear Notch Road, on the first Friday of the month:

June 2nd
July 7th
August 4th
September 1st

By | 2017-07-08T16:36:15+00:00 July 1st, 2017|Events|0 Comments

Independence Day Celebration 2017

Last Minute Details:

Just a reminder that the meal being served at the BBQ on Saturday is a GOOD OLD-FASHIONED PIG ROAST, with baked beans, coleslaw, breads/rolls, pickles, assorted beverages, and choice of dessert“patriotic shortcake” which is strawberries, blueberries and whipped cream over diced pound cake or slices of watermelon.  Adults $8.00, kids 4-10  $5.00 and those under 4 eat whatever they eat for free. OR BRING YOUR OWN PICNIC, if the BBQ meal doesn’t appeal. The whole point of the day is to gather together in fun, enjoy good food, however you choose to have it, and the observance of the holiday.
There will be assorted T-SHIRTS FOR SALE (Thank you Jill Simpson!) The shirts sell for $20 each.  Any income realized from the meal sales and the shirts goes toward the 2018 festival.  
Thanks in advance to all of the VOLUNTEERS! A lot has gone into planning this event, and there will be lots to do all through Saturday and into Sunday morning. If you’d like to pitch in … ask Patty Jenks, Sarah Crocket, or any organizer how you can help. (You will be able to tell who’s running around making all this happen!)
And finally, THE SHOW WILL GO ON, whatever the weather. The large tent has sides we’ll drop if we need to.  The show goes on, so to speak.  The dance will be relocated to the Congregational Church if the weather prohibits safe dancing on the Common.  (Thank you, Lyme Congregational Church!)

Saturday’s Schedule:

8-10am Community Breakfast at LCC
1:00pm Fun and games on the Common
2:30pm Lyme Town Band
3:30pm Line up to participate in the parade
4:00pm Parade!
5:30pm Pig Roast grand summer picnic
Country Dance Party

The special weekend continues on Sunday Morning:

9:30am Tent Service on the Common, led in a spirit of unity and welcome by both Lyme Churches.
Reception to follow.

Get ready for fun and fellowship on the Lyme Common, Saturday, July 1st!

We’re ready to celebrate Independence Day with a pig roast, a parade, and a country dance party!
Those Guys will start off the day with a COMMUNITY BREAKFAST at Lyme Congregational Church from 8:00am – 10:00am. The afternoon fun starts around 1:00pm with new and old-fashioned games for kids of all ages. A DUNK TANK will give kids an opportunity to test their ball-throwing skills while the LYME TOWN BAND plays music starting around 2:30. And again this year, the BILL ACKERLY MEMORIAL ICE CREAM GIVEAWAY!
At 4:00pmPARADE will set off around the Common. Shine up your classic vehicle and line up along Market Street starting around 3:30 to participate. Right after the parade, a PATRIOTIC SING-ALONG AND RECITATIONS hosted by Bill Murphy will put us all in the spirit of celebrating our democracy. Jeff Snelling will have prepared the PIG ROAST all afternoon so that dinner can start at 5:30. Baked beans and salads, ice tea and lemonade. A GRAND SUMMER PICNIC including gluten free options! Adults $8.00, kids 4-10  $5.00, and those under 4 eat whatever they eat for free. You may pre-order tickets at the Lyme Town Clerk’s office. Payment may be made at the office or at the BBQ. Call 603-795-2535 or email patty@lymenh.gov.
And this year holds the special treat of a COUNTRY DANCE PARTY with caller David Millstone and local musicians Maia Rutman and Dan Freihofer. Come as you are for a contradance-style program that is sure to be fun for all.

Don’t miss this fun for all ages!

Patriotically yours,
The Lyme Independence Day Committee

By | 2017-06-29T12:01:58+00:00 June 29th, 2017|Events|0 Comments

Graduation!

Congratulations to all graduates and their families!

What a couple of weeks for Lyme families and friends, with celebrations at all levels:

  • 8th graders moving on from the Lyme School and Cardigan Mountain School
  • high school graduates from Hanover High, Thetford Academy, St. Johnsbury Academy and more
  • many completing college and graduate degrees

Your hard work, passionate dedication, honed skills, thoughtful friendship, and responsible citizenship honor Lyme and make your friends, families, and loved ones proud.

We would love to post more graduation photos — of whole classes, groups, or individual students and their families — and any thoughts you may have about graduation season. If you’d like to share something, please email it to info@cclyme.org, along with any words you would like to include.

By | 2018-01-26T21:25:48+00:00 June 12th, 2017|Celebrations, Events, Photos|0 Comments