Judith D., Merle W., Theresa L., Jan U., Linda L., Peg T. and Cathleen R. had a delicious light lunch at the Clover Food Lab in the Science Museum at Harvard. We then walked over to the Museum of Natural History and had a docent tour of Sea Creatures in Glass and Glass Flowers. Several of us stayed on to wander through the rest of the exhibits in this museum and the attached Peabody Museum of Ethnology. What a wonderful way to spend a cold, snowless day in January!
Lunch at the Woburn Brickyard after our inaugural Thursday Bowling event with TOHG members. Three strings of Candlepin bowling every Thursday @10:15 am. No bowling experience necessary. After bowling we typically go to lunch at a nearby restaurant within walking distance of the Woburn Bowladrome 32 Montvale Ave. Woburn Ma.
Window seat are: Marie M., Omer L., Eleanor R., Otto K., Tom A., John E., Front right are; Ann-Marie R. and Judith L..
If interested in joining us contact Omer
The Southwest Mystery Group attended the Brockton Symphony Orchestra’s Holiday Pops at the Oliver Ames High School in North Easton.
The holiday music was delightful. They had a tribute to our veterans, then a bagpiper came out playing Amazing Grace, it was very moving.
After the Pops we went to the Stoneforge restaurant. All enjoyed the Pops and dinner with a great group of friends.
Seventy-nine members gathered at the Copper House Tavern in Waltham for holiday cheer, lively conversation, an array of tasty brunch fare, and to honor and celebrate Chuck Hyson, our esteemed Newsletter Editor for 16 years. The ceremony was emceed by President Beverly C. and several longtime members shared their tributes, remembrances, funny stories, jokes, and experiences with Chuck through the years. Chuck was presented with a special commemorative clock to express our gratitude for his expert and devoted oversight of the newsletter for so many years. Marina Kirsch was introduced as our new Newsletter Editor taking over the reins from Chuck as of the January 2019 issue.
A resounding thank you to Chuck, welcome Marina, and Happy Holidays to all.
Seven TOHG members went to the DeCordova Sculpture Park & Museum in Lincoln, MA. Despite the cold wind, we were able to enjoy several of the sculptures, many which we hadn’t seen before since most of us hadn’t been there for a few years. We also went inside to get warm after about an hour and saw a couple of interesting exhibits there as well. We walked outside again to see a few other sculptures and then over to the museum’s store where several of us bought some items for Christmas gifts. Following the museum, we went to The Colonial Inn in Concord and had a delicious lunch at a nice round table where it was easy to converse back & forth. (We DO like to talk!)
The Gang members in the photo are (from left to right):
Theresa LM., Lorraine T., Cathleen R., Peg T., Barbara H. and Nancy B. (with Jane P. taking the photo).
Seven hardy members of the West Suburban Mystery Group braved the wet November elements to spend time at the Museum of Russian Icons in Clinton, MA. With two docents leading us throughout we learned of the museum's history and how icons are created. We then visited specific icons and heard about their history and meaning. Out tour ended at the new exhibit "From Corncobs to Cosmonauts" where the center of the gallery was adorned with multiple decorated holiday trees. Cases around the walls featured Russian holiday cards, ornaments and toys.
A leisurely and delicious lunch at Clintons Bar and Grille rounded out our outing.
Photo L.to R.:: Dave and Wendy R., Meredith P., Jane P., Dori C., Chris B., Jan G.
On this day in 1946, an airplane flew over Mount Greylock in western Massachusetts and seeded the clouds with super-cooled ice crystals. The first-ever artificially-produced snow melted before it hit the slopes below, but the event created a national sensation. It marked the first field test of scientist Vincent Schaefer's laboratory experiments in which he produced precipitation by adding dry ice to lower the temperature of a chilled chamber. Although some people protested that tampering with nature might not be safe or proper, within three years ski resorts in the U.S. were experimenting with snowmaking. By 1952 the first snowmaking machinery was in regular use at a Catskill ski resort. Today, virtually every American ski area produces artificial snow, and snowmaking is a multi-million dollar global business.
Courtesy of Joan Stafford
It was sunny! the only criteria that mattered in order to start our ride. 10 well bundled-up riders enjoyed a great 20 mile pre-veterans day ride with Carleen. The route was tactfully chosen by our leader to avoid cold winds and clearly marked the previous night.
After the ride we enjoyed a wonderful potluck back at the house, tasty hot soup and roast plus salads, appetizers, snacks and desserts, accompanied by wine and limoncello.
Thank you Carleen
The North Mystery Group arrived at the Crane Estate, Castle Hill, Ipswich, MA as “Guests of the Cranes”. We were transported back in time to 1929 and treated to a tour of the Great House.
Our knowledgeable tour guide was dressed in period costume as a footman and each of us role played as visitors of the era. Our tour was mostly upstairs where each room had breathtaking views of Crane’s beach and sea and salt marshes. Each of the bedrooms upstairs have a bath with silver fixtures and state of the art Crane plumbing designs.
Unfortunately the house was finished in 1928 and then came 1929 and luxury living came to an end. The house remained in the Crane family until Mrs. Crane died in 1949, when she bequeathed the house and land to The Trustees.
There are 2100 acres on the Crane estate and there are many trails and many interesting observations to be made. Anne H., Bobbie M., Barbara M., Carole B., Nancy C., Judy T. and Polly M. all agreed we enjoyed it.
“Tempus fugit” or ‘time flew by’ is what happened to the 9 members of the Southwest Mystery group when we took a fascinating tour of the Willard House and Clock Museum in Grafton, MA. The homestead became the workshop of the four Willard brothers: Benjamin, Simon, Ephraim, and Aron, all of whom made extraordinary ‘tall case’ or grandfather clocks and decorative shelf clocks starting in 1766. The most famous timepiece, the “banjo” clock, was invented by Simon Willard who received a patent signed by Thomas Jefferson in 1802. Another of his patents, the Alarm Timepiece or ‘Lighthouse’ clock is considered the first alarm clock produced in America (we can thank Simon for making the time we get up in the am much too accurate!!). A delicious lunch followed at the Grafton Grill. Despite the chill in the air, the sunshine warmed us making for a wonderful day.
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