Apples, Moose, and Bear, O My! — Margo’s Plymouth Report

Reprinted by permission of The Vermont Standard


Storms, floods, earthquakes – the world is full of natural disasters. Yet, here in VT our big nature news is that a rather large moose is wandering around town! Sharon LaFrance on Rte 100 in the Union had the big fellow in her driveway and I understand that Kathy Lynds saw him on Lynds Hill as well.

I heard a rumor that there was a bear break-in recently in town, but I don’t have any details to share. I know that on warm evenings, I still make sure to close and lock the door off our deck in order to discourage any unwanted four-legged guests. By the way, the other day I watched a chipmunk nibbling on my potted parsley plant – who knew these little creatures liked parsley!

Well, as I write, the new month is almost upon us. That means that the annual Plymouth Notch Antique Apple Fest will be happening. Mark your calendar for Saturday, 10/6, from 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m, so you don’t miss out on all of the apple fun at the [President Calvin Coolidge] Historic Site. You can check out the heirloom apple orchard, try some apple peeling with an antique kitchen implement, and run or walk in the 5K race.

As usual there will be wagon rides, sheep shearing, cheese sampling and self-guided tours at the Plymouth Cheese Factory. Yummy food will be available at the Wilder House. Youngsters will enjoy period games and hands-on activities, plus an apple treasure hunt. Join Anne Collins at 1:30, to hear about and sample some old-time recipes.

I understand there will be an opportunity to learn more about medicinal plants from Northern Naturals and Gardens. Of course the day would not be complete without listening to fiddle music by Adam Boyce or meandering through the booths of the Vermont artisans who will be on hand. For more information call 802-672-3773 or visit:

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