Bethany Birches Family Fun on Sunday – Margo Marrone’s Plymouth Report

Republished with permission from The Vermont Standard


I noticed that several ice fishing derby’s have been cancelled around the state due to unsafe ice conditions. Such strange weather! There was one solitary ice house on Echo Lake the other night when I came home. I remember years when there were 15 or more out there. I heard recently that we have our own ground hog in VT – Pudding Hill Pete in Lyndonville. I believe he saw his shadow, so we can expect 6 more weeks of winter!

I understand that Betsy & Russ Tonkin just returned from a two week volunteer trip to Anse-La-Raye, St Lucia through Global Volunteers, where they worked with children & young families to help improve nutrition & health. Betsy made house calls with the Roving Care Givers to families without money to send their children to school or those with at-risk newborns. Russ worked through the town Health Clinic providing health education to students from preschool to high school. Not only did they provide a service while meeting a number of caring & interesting folks, but they said the nice weather was an added benefit!

Karen Evans & I just put yaktrax on our boots & walked up the Patch Brook Road, which is closed in the winter. It is protected from the wind there & some of the ice formations along the stream were just beautiful. I can’t believe that there were car tracks, however, since it is all ice & a vehicle could easily slip off the road into the water below. Some folks seem to like to take risks!

Last minute alert… Don’t miss the Family Fun Day on Sunday – Feb 12th from 12:30 PM – 4 PM at Bethany Birches Camp & it’s free! The whole family can enjoy an afternoon of tubing, broomball, indoor crafts & games, & snow painting. Try exploring some of their100 acres on your cross-country skis/snowshoes or bring your skates & use the ice rink. Make new friends while you enjoy plenty of hot drinks & snacks! Check it out on line at

Also, consider Lynx Camp at BBC, where Christ-centered activities will take place Feb 24 – 26 for 5th- 8th graders. Activities will include the 2nd annual snowball Olympics, tubing down the 1/5 mile tubing run, broomball & a variety of indoor games & crafts for those who prefer to stay warm indoors! Register online at

A slightly different kind of entertainment will be happening at the Coolidge Museum & Education Center on Sunday, 2/19 at 2:00 PM. An illustrated talk entitled “Ink & Oil: Calvin Coolidge’s Political Cartoon Legacy & Beyond”. Open to the public, Stephen Bissette will be the presenter at this free presentation featuring political cartoons from the Coolidge era. Donations are most welcome. Call 672-3389 for more information.

Congratulations to Michael Clarke, the newly elected president of the Historical Society & thanks to Betsy Tonkin for continuing as Secretary/Treasurer. The group plans to exhibit at the History Expo in June, where the theme is Vermont & the Civil War. Anyone with stories or memorabilia connecting Plymouth to that era is encouraged to contact the Historical Society. There will be a drop box for people willing to share their pictures, videos or stories of Irene, which will be a focus for the coming year. The next meeting will be March 11th, 3 PM, at Spike’s Place.

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