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
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 |2017-06-29T12:01:58-04:00June 29th, 2017|Events|0 Comments

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!

Bargain Barn in the News!

The Lyme Women’s Fellowship Bargain Barn had a great write up in the Valley News. Click here to read the article.

The Bargain Barn is a great place to find gently used (and sometimes new) clothing, accessories, linens, housewares, bric-a-brack, and so much more. An amazing crew of volunteers puts together this lovely shop, with a lot of care and hard work — and LOTS of donations. You may donate items in good shape from May through mid-July.

Not only will you find useful items and treasures if you shop and a good home for items if you donate, but you will contribute to great causes. Proceeds from Bargain Barn purchases support scholarships, local programs, and international outreach. Selected donations are sent directly to those in need, and items that don’t sell are sent on to other local organizations serving those who may need them.

Bargain Barn Hours:

Now Through Labor Day
Monday, Wednesday, Friday 1:30-4:30pm
Saturday 9:00am-3:00pm

Columbus Day Weekend
Winter clothing sale, hours to be announced.

Stop by!

If you have questions, contact Joan Schaafsma through the Lyme Congregational Church Office, 603-795-2850.




By |2017-07-06T12:12:22-04:00June 27th, 2017|Community Service|0 Comments

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 |2017-07-08T17:42:20-04:00June 25th, 2017|Guest Blog, Photos, Summer Bucket List|0 Comments

Happy Summer from the Davis Family Mudroom!

Summer Bucket List 

Jay Davis

A guest blog by Jay Davis

The Davis family put together quite menu of adventures for the summer. Check out that list! Jay will share occasional details and photos … and a little inspiration to get out and enjoy life this summer!

By |2017-07-01T22:16:42-04:00June 22nd, 2017|Guest Blog, 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

CCL Update – June 15, 2017

The month of May was packed full of various busyness, and from start to finish all were great successes, linking people with people, accomplishing great things in our villages and moving forward in an effort to keep lifting up each other in the spirit of camaraderie and good will.  Thank you all for that!

The Month in Review

Celeste, Martha, Nancy, and Vicki — Some of the “Wild Mountain Mamas” helping out on the Day of Service.

Starting off with a major bang was the enormous success of the May 6th Lyme Day of Service.  With much of the work spearheaded by a dynamic team – Sue Hanlon, Kathy McGowan, Erin Wetherell and Sarah Shipton – and held in conjunction with the Conservation Commission’s Green-up Day, many, many positive tasks were accomplished. But, not before a delicious, free community breakfast, where many of us connected and fueled ourselves for the day. Over 60 people enjoyed the meal, provided by Tami Dowd and Jeff Valence in the school cafeteria. All offerings for breakfast were made possible through generous benefactors. Over 170(!) people spread across town doing roadside clean up and projects for homeowners, town, church, and community spaces. The beach area courts and fields were spruced up. Loads of firewood were chopped and delivered in memory of Alan Hewitt. The Lyme Highway Dept.  left one of the trucks at the school for people to place the road-side debris bags into. And the weather cooperated!  A very heartfelt and loving thank you to everyone who offered their time, resources and talents in coming together for another great day of community service.

Sue, Jane, Peggy, Betsy, and Cathy sharing ideas at the CCL Open House

The CCL Open House on May 17th was terrific!  We heard lots of creative and interesting ideas from a variety of community perspectives, all aimed to help CCL provide thoughtful, confidential (if desired) and collaborative support of Lyme and Lyme Center individuals and families of all ages. Sincere thanks to all who attended and heartfelt appreciation to Katie Jenks and Pam Poire who supplemented the delicious treats provided by CCL board members.

The CCL Office is shaping up, thanks to donations of furniture and decor. We are getting more and more visitors, and it is great fun! Sometimes bustling, sometimes warm conversation, always filled with the love of community. Please stop by. I’m usually there Tuesday mornings and Thursday afternoons. I’m happy to make an appointment, if that works best for you.

As you know if you are reading this, our new website is live! Please click around the site. It will continue to evolve, and your input is important. We’re especially excited about the news and events section, where we share photos and stories of people, news, and events in Lyme. We welcome your contributions of all kinds. Please contact me, if you would like to write or take pictures — once or in an ongoing way.

The 9-part education and discussion series “So You Want to Age in Place — Now What?! concluded in May. Each of the programs offered tremendous insight and ideas about how to plan for the challenges and joys of aging where and how we want. Feedback was positive, so programs may be offered again. We welcome your ideas for future topics and specific speakers. Major kudos and thanks to the organizing team: Lyme Library’s Judy Russell, Parish Nurses Ellen Thompson and Lynn Smith, and CCL team members Sarah Shipton and Bob Rufsvold.

There are two fledgling programs in the works.  Occasionally one needs to know they are thought of.  For May Day, Kingland Farms, to kick off Thinking of You, donated several lovely gift baskets which were distributed to an assortment of folks who had been on our minds.  Surprises like this will continue throughout the year. Our Hour is a time of easy visiting, meeting new friends and spending a little time doing something different, somewhere different.  Held once a month (the next will be July 18th from 10:30-11:30) in the Gathering Room, if you’re in the mood for some easy socializing, you are always welcome.  Snacks & beverages are provided.

And finally, June 1st was the Senior Lunch, sponsored by Lyme Congregational Church, and including lots of organizers and helpers. It was hosted by Mark, Martha & Grace Tecca at THE most beautiful location on the River in Orford. The cooks provided a really interesting and delicious menu (many of us asked for recipes — which are available if you’re interested), served on beautifully decorated tables, under a tent provided by Those Guys. It was a beautiful team effort and a privilege to be a part of it. Thanks to so many … Martha, Mark, and Grace Tecca for hosting; the LCC Senior Lunch team (Parish Nurses Ellen Thompson and Lynn Smith, Lorry Kenton, and Priscilla LaMott), who ensured that guests had rides; the cooks, Martha Tecca, Tina Cullenberg, Cathy Johnson, and Chris Bunten; Margaret Caldwell, for the bright and lovely tablecloths; Cammie Wheeler for the beautifully-designed centerpieces of fresh flowers, and lots of Those Guys for moving tables, chairs, and tents to and from Orford. And many thanks to those who came to the luncheon and to the Good Lord who truly blessed us with a day with no rain!  It was a lovely afternoon of food and conversation.

Looking forward

CommunityCare has lots happening! First we are grateful to have the involvement of some terrific young people who may not live here full time but still call Lyme home. Savannah (Wallace) Osgood continues to help make the Lyme Events Calendar such a helpful resource. Grace Tecca, in her weeks back at home was a huge help, not only for the senior lunch but for many other CCL related projects she got roped into. Always smiling, her time and talents were greatly appreciated. She is working on the online directory, soon to be part of the CCL Website.   We are pleased to announce that Mariah Lang is doing an internship with CCL this summer!

Mariah’s projects include teaching me to be less grouchy with the computer and a much more interesting effort to gather stories from Lyme residents about what it’s like living in Lyme today. The goals are building some stronger relationships, while we learn what makes Lyme a good community to age and thrive in and what concerns and opportunities there are to address. Inspired by the extraordinary and much loved stories of individual lives in Lyme compiled by the historians and Library, “We Had Each Other”, this new adventure will be called (with permission), We Have Each Other. The goal is that the experiences, hopes, and dreams shared by seniors and young families alike will provide a good basis for continuing education and resources to enrich life in Lyme. Mariah and others will visit with folks willing to share their stories through July.  If this project interests you and you’d be willing to participate as a storyteller or listener, please let us know. We welcome your involvement.

CommunityCare of Lyme will be participating in the July 1st Independence Day celebration. (Click here for some photos of last year’s event.) Sarah Shipton and Jim Nourse were spearheading the CCL force last year, and that’s a hard act to follow, but we’ll be trying hard. Watch for information on this coming from the Independence Day Committee and the Town Offices.

This month’s Third Thursday Lunch is at noon on July 20th at the Latham Tavern at Dowds’ inn. Join us a lively conversation over lunch. Choose from the wide selection of foods for all tastes on the lunch menu. Bring a guest! All are invited. Are you new in Lyme? This is a great opportunity to ask questions about the town while getting to know one another. Stories, jokes, good books, local issues … who knows what we’ll talk about? Please let Kathy Larson know that you are coming by calling 795-2014 or emailing before 10am on July 20th. If you decide at the last moment, come anyway – the more the merrier!

I’ve almost finished reading Tom Turkington’s book, Before I Forget: A Boyhood of Little Drama. It’s not about murder and mayhem. Nothing too political and no X-rated nonsense. It’s a great book about growing up in changing times with neighborhood schools and people caring for people.   Tom chronicles his life as he remembers it, from earliest memories capturing the charm, the angst and the challenges. It’s a fun book-not only to learn more about our friend Tom, but in reading it, memories of your own will make appearances and it won’t be hard to equate those patterns of life to what we have now.

Like many of the stories Tom shares, CommunityCare of Lyme endeavors to be a good neighbor and strive to be aware of needs and lift up in spirit the Lyme community. Working in conjunction with the Parish Nurses, Those Guys & Gals, Lyme’s dedicated Emergency Response team, the Library, School, and more and more community members all the time, needs are identified and an effort is made to provide whatever support and/or services are needed.

There is an ongoing effort to work toward safe and comfortable aging in place options for those who wish to live their full lives—as they choose—in this community. CCL will be participating in meetings held by the Planning Board as they analyze housing needs and opportunities over the coming months. We have committed to provide whatever assistance they might need and to support their efforts. If you are interested in learning more or if you have specific ideas about housing options in Lyme, please attend Planning Board meetings, held the second and fourth Thursday of each month, 7pm at the Town Offices.

Your Support Makes a Difference!

Finally, please consider joining in the warmth, fun, and work of CommunityCare of Lyme. As we engage in all of the various ways to provide support and assistance, we are growing our business. With that positive growth, comes the need for sustenance. CCL’s growth depends upon the trust of community members and willingness to ask for help; friends and volunteers helping one another; board members, program and project leaders; and financial support for coordination, systems, and communications that make it all possible. As we end our fiscal year on June 30th, your support at this time will help us start the “new year” strong.

To make a financial donation:
Send a check to CommunityCare of Lyme, PO Box 127, Lyme, NH 03768, or click here to donate online using a credit card or PayPal funds. There are many other ways to give, please contact me with your ideas. Call 603-795-0603 at the office, or email

Thank You for your consideration…..Whatever contribution you’re able to make will be deeply appreciated and used very carefully.

Be Well,


By |2017-07-10T15:13:32-04:00June 16th, 2017|CCL Update|1 Comment


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, along with any words you would like to include.

By |2018-01-26T21:25:48-05:00June 12th, 2017|Celebrations, Events, Photos|0 Comments