Eighteen convivial gang members traversed the 2.6 mile trail around Lake Waban on the Wellesley College campus on a sunny Independence Day. The sky was cloudless. Several Canadian geese, two swans and a lone cormorant blithely ignored us as we made our way around the lake. Many of us enjoyed refeshments afterward in the cool confines of Peets Coffee Shop. Walkers were Chris B. Carole B., Nancy Ch., Barbara H., Marie K., Carol K., John M., George M., Linda McN., Joe M., Dawn M., Marilyn N., Jane P., Jim R., Roberta S., Kathryn U., and Jan U.
We had 20+ “gangsters” riding on a lovely sunny day (no extra charge). The shaded ride had some wonderful scenery including beautiful flowers in bloom. At the farm where we get ice cream, we saw two little pink baby pigs. Returning back to my house were four more members, two on their Harley. Maybe next year I’ll have them lead the ride! As always, the best food ever under 3 canopies for shade – my big Maple tree was dying and had to be cut down – and lots of socializing. Everyone seemed to enjoy themselves and want to come back next time. Thanks all for coming.
Seven smiling gang members arrived to participate in my walk. We were relieved the weather, in the very last minute, lightened up and made our hike around the beautiful Stage Fort Park very enjoyable, as it always is. We will do it again!
Six TOHG members met up to take a tour of Louisa May Alcott’s house in Concord, MA. It was a beautiful sunny day and the lilacs were in blossom at the front entrance of the house. The tour was very interesting and since we were all familiar with “Little Women”, from having ready the book or seen one of the movies, we were able to picture the family in our minds as we went through the rooms. The rooms were quite large, considering the time period, and they were filled with 80% of the original furnishings.
We followed up with a lunch of soups and sandwiches at Trail’s End Café, where we enjoyed the bright sunny dining room at a table for six.
The members in the photo left to right are Lorraine T., Jane P., Peg T., Trish L., Nancy B. and Cathleen R.
Ten members of the SW Mystery Group went to McCoy Stadium in Pawtucket and enjoyed a baseball game between the Pawsox, the Red Sox farm team and the Colombus Clippers, the farm team of the Cleveland Indians. It was an exciting game with the Pawsox coming out on top, the final score 5-3. We were blessed with a sunny cool day with a brief sun shower, which did not dampen our spirits. We went on to lunch at the Olive Garden with lively conversation and comaraderie. Attending were: Chuck and Susan H., Cathie P., Nonie L., Ann C., Marco and Ines A., Shirley M., Elsie L. and Linda K.
Mary K., Diana L. (tour guide), Jan U., Nancy B., Peg T., Cathleen R., Barbara H., and Lorraine T. met on the campus of Boston College. We enjoyed a lunch in one of the staff dining rooms followed by a tour of “Eaglemania, Collecting Japanese Art in Gilded Age America” exhibition at the McMullen Art Museum. Diana was the co-curator for this exhibit, so we got the inside scoop from her. She was able to give us lots of background information and even took us to see how she works on the designs for different shows at the museum. The weather cooperated with hints of spring in the air. Mary K.
What a wonderful week 42 of us had at Whitefish, MT. It started out with a foot of new powder, which challenged most of us. The rest of the week was glorious with newly-groomed powder and warmer temperatures. Locals told us we caught the best week of the entire season. The mountain is huge with many intermediate and advanced trails and spectacular views including the Snow Ghosts—shapes created by snow on the pine trees. Some looked like animals.
The Kandahar Lodge was elegantly rustic with large comfortable rooms and a wonderful fireplaced lobby large enough to hold all of us plus a few new friends. apres-ski in the lobby was a lot of fun with snacks, drinks, and conversation as well as cribbage games. The town of Whitefish, seven miles away, was easily accessed by the free S.N.O.W. Bus we rode several times to visit the town, shop, and dine. Group dinners at the Lodge at Whitefish Lake and the Hellroaring Saloon were enjoyed by all. Our last night ended with dinner and a showing of Fran O’N.’s videos of past ski trips.
We can’t wait to return!
Ten members of the Gang met at Lot 1 of the Parker River Wildlife Refuge on Plum Island, Newburyport. We walked the beach and returned on the road for about 3 miles total. The beach area closes April 1 for the nesting season for Piping Plovers and Least Terns. Despite the wind the temperature was reasonable. Some of us enjoyed a lunch and conversation afterward at the local Park Lunch. Not all of us made it into the picture above.
We had 10 enthusiastic members who traveled to Portsmouth, NH to attend the March Mystery. After a few unsuccessful guesses, we carpooled to the West End Studio Theatre. We attended an original play that was written, directed and performed by a very talented and funny George Hosker-Bouley. It was called - On The Couch. It was a very funny play that led to a lot of giggles and laughter amongst us. It felt so good to have such a lighthearted afternoon with a great group of fellow members.
Twenty-three Gang members enjoyed deep snow, delicious food, well groomed trails, renovated rooms, and most of all, great company on this year’s Craftsbury Adventure.
Warnings of extreme weather did not deter us from arriving at the Craftsbury Center on Sunday. Face Card introductions on our first evening together got the week off to a great start. New members who joined us added good energy to all our activities. Thanks to everyone who introduced them to the Gang.
Everyone braved bracing cold to make the most of the best snow conditions in several years. As a bonus we were treated to a demonstration of a technique to quickly and easily recover from a face plant in deep snow. Some unexpectedly used this new skill the next day in real time on the trail. Sadly, this was not as easily accomplished in deep snow as Lynn T. demonstrated in the community room.
Thanks to Susan McG. for convening a book group during her years as coordinator and to Dawn M. for creating the book list which is now online.
Let’s think snow next August for early signs of a brisk and snowy winter to ensure we have another year like 2019!
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