The Snow is Thin, Winter Camp is Coming, and Lent is Near — Margo’s Plymouth Report

Reprinted by permission of The Vermont Standard.

Calvin and Grace

Calvin and Grace Coolidge


More strange weather.  On Sunday a friend and I went for a walk up past the Cheese Factory.  It had been so nice and sunny, but raindrops began to fall as we stepped out of the car.  The temperature was 40.  We had hoped to go snowshoeing, but the snow cover was too thin.

Afterward we stopped by the Cheese Factory and chatted a bit with Ann.  Then we ventured into 5 Corners Pub and Brewhouse to have a look around.  I guess I hadn’t been to the Salt Ash Inn since before “Irene” came to town, so I was pleasantly surprised to see how nice and cozy the bar area looks.  Talked with Paul and met his sister-in-law, Karen.  We also scanned the menu as my friend sampled a new light ale.  The Wednesday evening Chat Series is continuing.  Nice to have some place local to gather!

I had noticed some ice fishing shacks on Echo Lake last week (probably in anticipation of the free ice fishing day), but those have now been pulled out, likely because of the warmer temps that are expected.  I have heard that skiing is still fairly good, although limited to certain trails.  My grandson, Owen, told me that all of his trails (less difficult) from the top were closed, so he had a challenging time getting down the other day!

For various reasons, we need some snow.  By the time this comes out in the paper, Punxsutawney Phil will have emerged and made his prediction!  Justine told me today in church that they have been intrigued by some tracks going up the hill from their place on Dublin Rd.  Not a groundhog, but a mink has been inhabiting the neighborhood!

Still time to sign up for the Snow Camps at Bethany Birches.  I understand the tube run is quite exciting!  Here are the dates:  Lynx: February 13-16 (Grades 4-7); Polar Bear: Feb 19-21 (Grades 7-9); Bobcat: Feb 26-28 (Grades 3-6); and Connect: Mar 25-27 (Grades 8-11).  For more information go to or call the camp at (802)-672-5220.  Also, there is still some work needing to be done on the new pavilion, so consider joining the crew on Sat, 2/6, but call to let them know you are planning to be there!

School vacation will be coming up before we know it.  On President’s Day, 2/15 at 2:00 PM, at the Calvin Coolidge Historic Site, Rushad Thomas will expound on the ’24 campaign and election.  Also, the Museum and Education Center will open.

It is hard to believe, but the church season of Lent is nearly upon us.  Ash Wednesday is 2/10 and we will have a short service at Tyson Church at 4:00 PM, with the imposition of ashes.  Everyone is welcome to attend.

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