After moving the date from a frigid Saturday to a warmer Monday, eight enthusiastic bicyclists rode 24 miles from Westport to Gumbys Head and back by Horseneck beach for a wonderful potluck at Carleen’s home.
The MetroWest Mystery Group enjoyed a beautiful day for an outing to the Sculpture Park at Andre’s Art Institute in Brookline, NH. We hiked a variety of trails, looked at sculptures from artists around the globe, and tried to interpret the meaning behind what they created. The sculpture park is located at a former ski area and is free to the public. Every year, a two week symposium is held there resulting in new sculptures being added to the trails. So even if you have visited before, there is always something new to see!
After working up an appetite, we had lunch at The Cozy Teacart next to the park. Some of us even did a little shopping at the restaurant’s interesting store.
Our Fun on the Farm weekend started rainy and windy, which worked out well for our group of Halloween revelers, but was a bit of a worry, especially for the Friday bike ride which was almost canceled. However, the sun came out, the wind settled down and Saturday and Sunday were both beautiful days. It allowed all 67 attendees to have a good time outdoors as well as indoors. We were fortunate to welcome many new members, and they felt fortunate to find the Gang and so many active, interesting, like-minded people.
The many activities were well attended and an extra session of bread making was required. All this activity made for hearty appetites and we were not disappointed with delicious, family style, 4 course dinners. Dawn’s carpool Harrisville trip had 23 participants and the Saturday and Sunday hikes were all well attended. In fact, some of the guests started separate walks on their own for more of a challenge. Everyone enjoyed the Friday sing along and the Saturday contra dance had our crew requesting more. In summary, we believe a good time was had by all and we were happy to have a fine turnout and happy Hill Toppers.
Joe M. and Dawn M.
Nine members of the SouthWest Mystery Group and two guests enjoyed brunch at Barrett’s Fireside Grille followed by a theater production of “Relatively Speaking“ by Alan Ayckbourn—a very funny English farce at the Alley Theater in Middleboro. It was an enjoyable afternoon despite the rain.
Nine members of the SouthWest Mystery Group and two guests enjoyed brunch at Barrett’s Fireside Grille followed by a theater production of “Relatively Speaking“ by Alan Ayckbourn—a very funny English farce at the Alley Theater in Middleboro. It was an enjoyable afternoon despite the rain.of us, we broke into smaller groups and played a wide variety of games, then enjoyed a tasty lunch afterwards. Some lost, some won, but all were good sports and had lots of fun!
Eight Top of the Hill members toured Salem’s outdoor art museum, walked through the crowds, and saw how big Halloween is in Salem. We enjoyed the Haunted Happenings Harbor Cruise with story telling, face painting, and tarot card reading aboard the Hannah Glover. Our own Ann T. is the storyteller.
Nine Gang members walked around Walden Pond in Concord on a lovely sunny day. We ambled along a well-trodden path, passing several fishermen and a few swimmers. We examined the original site of Henry David Thoreau’s cottage and later visited a replica of his “writing retreat.” We then relaxed over coffee at the Trail Side Cafe in Concord.
Photo Left to right: Dave R. Jim R., Susan R., Carol B., Mary McG., Eleanor R., Renee K., Pat P., Millie C.
Ten members of the Hub Mystery Group toured the Harrison Gray Otis House, the only surviving mansion in the Bowdoin Square neighborhood in Boston. Built in 1796 by Charles Bullfinch, a friend of Harry and Sally Otis, it has been restored to its original glory by Historic New England. As we toured, our guide related family history along with details about the design and decoration of the rooms.
After our tour we all enjoyed a delicious lunch at a nearby Italian restaurant.
All 27 of us agreed it was a spectacular day for the ride including five new members who must have brought us their beginner’s luck for the weather. A big “Welcome” to you guys! I couldn’t have ordered better weather—about 70 degrees, sunny, and the foliage was gorgeous. A big thank you again to Al G. and Paul McH. for leading and sweeping the 20-mile ride; also, to Joe and Dawn doing the same for the 10- mile ride. (I said I was the sweep for the 10 milers, but really, I just was the slowest one.) Next year I hope to start earlier in the year.
Back at the house, we feasted on meatballs, chili, chicken wings, cheesy potatoes, tangy coleslaw, potato and pasta salad, 2 apple pies, other numerous desserts, and wine and beer. There was great camaraderie sitting in the backyard in our shirtsleeves. Thanks to everyone who made it so enjoyable!
Six members of the Metrowest Mystery Group visited the Lillooet Sheep and Cheesery in Boxford, Ma on October 10. Farm owner Nathaniel Higley and cheese maker Erin Bligh (standing in picture) gave us a tour of the farm where we learned about regenerative agriculture, pasture management, small scale dairy and cheese making. We tasted goat Chèvre, sheep Tilo and goat Jane Goodall cheeses. Lillooet is the only farmstead sheep dairy in the state. Afterwards we went to lunch at The Spot in Georgetown. Chris. B., Carol B., Jan G., Al G., Lainie O’C. and Jane P. all agreed it was a wonderful experience and tasting.
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