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The Perfect Snow!

Snow Friends and Dinos and Cats, Oh My!

Thanks to Lynore Bolton’s great idea, we have the chance to share some special photos of Lyme creativity after the second of two March snows. It was naturally gorgeous everywhere one turned, and then the artists got to work. Check ’em out below. If you click on any of the photos, you’ll be able to see them all in a bigger “slideshow” version.

We’ll keep adding photos as you send them in!

By | 2018-03-14T09:00:13+00:00 March 11th, 2018|People of Lyme, Photos|0 Comments

Eclipse 2017 in Dubois, Wyoming

Summer Bucket List

A Guest Blog by Jay Davis

Our extended family experienced the Eclipse in the tiny town of Dubois in the Wyoming badlands.

Our observation spot was wide open and stunning. My brother and I enjoyed a pre-eclipse run in the moonscape of the mountains. With totality approaching, we made pinhole viewers and played with the amazing light and shadows. (The cowboy pinhole picture turned out so well in the shadow … the picture doesn’t do it justice.)

An unforgettable experience!

By | 2017-08-29T11:39:40+00:00 August 21st, 2017|Guest Blog, Photos, Summer Bucket List|0 Comments

A Week of Local Adventures

Living Life in and around Lyme

Nancy Copeland’s Guest Blog

So much local summer fun! Have a week like the one we just had …

  • Get over to Cedar Circle Farm in Thetford VT, and take a walk in their amazing flower gardens and pick your own bouquets.
  • Take a day trip south to Cornish NH and tour St. Gaudens national historic park. Be sure to take a picnic and sit on the beautiful grounds as if you were part of the Cornish artist colony in the early 1990’s. Travel a mile further south and you can drive across the Connecticut On The Windsor/Cornish covered bridge (the longest in the country).
  • Take another day trip south to Windsor VT and have lunch at Harpoon Brewery. Then next door take a walk through The Path of Life and experience nature and various mazes, tree sculptures, and a labyrinth, all related to different stages of life. Stop at Edgewater Farm stand in Plainfield on your way home, and pick up some corn or fresh veggies.
  • Grab your dog, and take a short 30 minute hike up the Dartmouth Skiway on The Winslow side. You will be rewarded with panoramic views of Mt. Ascutney and the Green Mountains to the south.

So many great local adventures for family and friends!

Have fun!

By | 2017-08-18T22:59:03+00:00 August 18th, 2017|Guest Blog, Living Life in and around Lyme, Photos|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!

It’s Berry Picking Time!

Living Life in and around Lyme

Nancy Copeland’s Guest Blog

It’s peak strawberry picking season in the Upper Valley right now. That means get your sun hat out and grab a friend and head on over to any of the local farms and strawberry fields. This morning we picked at Cedar Circle Organic Farm in Thetford, Vt.  Plenty of luscious red berries to be had by all. Pick a few then eat a few and then pick a few more. Beautiful views of the surrounding hills and the Connecticut River. They told us there is still about 2-1/2 weeks of strawberry picking left! The Farm also has The Hello Cafe, with wonderful scones and muffins and cookies and cool drinks.

Its the season to visit all of our local Farm stands and buy fresh veggies and more. North of Lyme you will find:

  • Root 5 Farm in Fairlee, VT
  • Cross Roads farm in Post Mills, VT
  • Pierson Farm in Bradford, VT
  • Peaked Moon Farm in Piermont, NH
  • Four Corners Farm in Newbury, VT.

Soon it will be raspberry and then blueberry picking!

Have fun and go pick berries!

River Camping on the Connecticut

Summer Bucket List

A guest blog by Jay Davis

Setting off for the river

Bought the longest racks EMS had, filled the car with stuff, and we set off on an epic wilderness advent…. ok, we were actually going for a single night camping trip about four miles from our house. But the weather was great, kids were psyched, and we made sure the car had no room for screens!

 

The main photo above was from our campsite in the morning. You can see all sorts of wildlife while canoeing the Connecticut River…..

 

 

By | 2017-07-08T17:42:20+00:00 June 25th, 2017|Guest Blog, Photos, Summer Bucket List|0 Comments

Franconia Ridge Loop Hike

Living Life in and around Lyme

This is the first post in a new occasional blog by longtime Lyme resident, Nancy Copeland.

About an hour’s drive north of Lyme NH are the beautiful and majestic White Mountains of NH. Franconia State Park offers an abundance of outdoor summer fun including hiking, biking, kayaking, rock climbing, and scenic nature walks and drives. This past Saturday, a group of Lymies gathered at 6am in town and caravanned north to Franconia State Park and the 9-mile Franconia Ridge Loop hike. This is one of the most scenic above-treeline hikes in New England. It does require some physical stamina and proper hiking gear. We headed up the Bridal Path in the early morning, as the mist was beginning to rise and the summit ridge began to expose itself. Spirits were high as our group of 13 headed up the mountain. About 2-1/2 miles up you will come to the Greenleaf hut and a great place to rest and eat a snack and use the rest room. Then you head the final 1.1 rugged mile to the summit of Mt. Lafayette. There you will be rewarded with 360-degree views of the White Mountains and distance views into Maine and Vermont. Lunch and a nap are a must on top of summer summits. When feeling re-energized you continue South along the Franconia Ridge over the summits of Little Haystack and Lincoln and eventually down The Falling Waters Trail. Be sure to stop along the way and take your hiking boots off and put your weary feet in the sparkling and cold waterfall pools.  With a mix of hiking speeds, about 8-9 hours later you will arrive back at the parking lot and partake in your happy hour feast with friends while consuming margaritas and sangria and guacamole and chips. Lots of laughter and tales of the day abound.

Returning back to Lyme one reminds oneself again and again how lucky we are to live in this beautiful town and all of the outdoors adventures that await us. So grab a friend or family member and your AMC guide book and head up to the White Mountains for the day

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

May 2017 Day of Service

Wow, Lyme! You know how to show up. Saturday, May 6th, 2017 is a day to remember.

Jeff Valence and Tami Dowd put on an extraordinary breakfast of eggs, french toast, sausage, and bacon, with maple syrup provided by Kingland Farms. Many volunteers were on-site bright and early to set up and clean up.

Workers hit the road under not-so-nice skies that cleared by late morning.

  • Almost 100 volunteers spread out to Green Up nearly every road in Lyme.
  • 60 women, men, and children volunteered to help with over 30 projects requested by Lyme neighbors and community organizations.
  • In memory of Al Hewitt, 10 Guys chopped and delivered several cords of wood to warm hearts and (come wintertime) homes of grateful individuals and families.

Sue Hanlon, Kathy McGowan, Sarah Shipton, and Erin Wetherell coordinated the project requests, volunteer matching, and electronic sign-ups. If you see any of these ladies, please thank them for their masterful work. Erin said,

The spring Day of Service is a wonderful way to begin the month of May and give back to a community that gave so much to me when I was growing up. I really enjoy the opportunity to bring residents of all ages together in the name of service, and to meet new people as well as re-connect with people that knew me when I was young. Any town that serves real maple syrup with breakfast is a special one.

The recipients of service also had a special day. Patty received the following in a note on Sunday:

I was so happy yesterday.  When the weather was so miserable I didn’t think anyone would come.  Around 10 the volunteers showed up.  I smiled to myself when they were both wearing boots!  I thought they were only going to rake a small section of my garden but they kept going and going … In all my 85 years I have never lived in an area where the community is so knit together and willing to help others like me.  Yes, we could pay to have these things done but that isn’t always available to those of us with limited income.

If you were one of the more than 150 volunteers who joined in the work and fun on Saturday, THANK YOU! If you missed out this year, we hope you’ll be with us next time.

By | 2018-01-26T21:22:17+00:00 May 10th, 2017|Day of Service, Events, Photos|0 Comments