Anne W, Dan Y, Joan T
The trip to Gunstock went very well, perfect skiing conditions, lovely day, nice company.
Photo by Kimberly T.
On Monday, Martin Luther King day, a snowstorm that missed Boston but went north to the mountains, blessed MT. Snow with 14 inches. What a gift the day before our trip there began. So Tuesday skiing was good but long lift lines, very unusual for midweek skiing, but we assumed many locals skipped work & took advantage of the new snow.
Wednesday was less crowded, but windy up top, still lots of good skiing, but Thursday was a 10! Sunny, 25 degrees, no wind, less crowded, lots of snow & a beautiful day for skiing! I’m so glad I went. Nine of us enjoyed this trip. Besides me, Pat P. came just to get away and did not ski. Bob G, Peter C, Kimberly T, Susan B, David G and his friend Jodie, and a new member, Peter B.
Although The Mountaineer didn’t cook dinner for us, they did serve a hardy breakfast, buffet style, which we enjoyed. Getting together at the hot tub and social hour after skiing topped it off. So happy we went.
Ines, Kenn, Kimm, and Stephanie (Marco taking the photo)
Five brave hikers attended the Moose Hill Hike, and all enjoyed a pretty forest walk with views of Gillette Stadium and many stone walls. The weather was very cloudy with off and on showers, and we did get wet but were able to complete the entire four-mile loop before steady rain began around 1:00 PM. The terrain was steep and slippery due to the rain showers. I was encouraged to schedule the hike again when the weather is better!
Where’s Helgard?! Gang members, Tom Je, Elizabeth B, Pete C, Bill L, Bruce W, and Marge C, searching for our fearless leader who was unable to go on this trip after all.
(Behind the camera, Lenora McK)
Ten Gang members braved the cold and ice for a week of skiing in Killington, Vermont, and were rewarded with exceptional skiing and warm camaraderie. The week started out bitterly cold and very icy, but got better with each day! We started with a registered group of about thirty participants, but an Omicron outbreak at the resort resulted in quite a few of our hardy regulars opting out. Restaurants were closed, trails limited, shuttle buses cancelled, but we made the best of it with the usual Gang “can do” attitude.
Of the ten who went, two were new members—Karen and Kent Schreiber. We quickly learned Kent is a super-skier and GoPro video enthusiast. So, we were treated to a full four-day filming of our mountain adventures. Karen, a talented and prolific artist, gifted each of us with a beautiful winter scene that she created on individualized cards. Now we know what she was doing back at the Cascades Lodge while we were out tearing up the slopes! And, of course, Tom Jefferson kept us all entertained with nightly Balderdash games by the immense roaring fire in the lodge living room.
What a week, another wonderful trip filled with skiing, laughs and great company.
Nora McK and Helgard K
Clock-wise from front: Pete C, Bill L, Stephen P, Thomas J, Marge C, Elizabeth B,
Lenora McK, Karen S, Kent S (Bruce W behind camera)
Judith D, Cathleen R, Theresa L, Peg T, Jan U, Nancy B. Photo by Lorraine T.
The Hub Mystery Group took Dawn’s advice and seven members of our group met at Gallery Twist in Lexington for a delightful morning. We arrived early and heard from the gallery owner about this beautiful historic home and how the art was chosen to go with the theme of the current exhibition, “Illumination.”
It was a beautiful day so we walked up Mass Avenue to Via Lago for a delicious lunch and reminisced about our memorable mystery.
Twenty-one members participated in this trip! Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday offered four extremely well groomed slopes from both the Gondola and chair lift—great for the downhill skiers. Thursday was not so great—drizzle and rain in the a.m. with freezing conditions in the forecast for the afternoon.
Our Cross Country enthusiasts grabbed hiking poles and boots instead and enjoyed long walks on Tuesday and Wednesday.
We engaged in lots of good conversation and jigsaw puzzle playing. Luckily for us, Hyman provided background piano music. Thank you Hyman!
Some of us enjoyed a glass or two at the Mount Washington Hotel with its magnificent views later in the day.
All things considered, especially with no injuries, we managed a successful early season ski time. Now it’s on to Killington on January 2, 2022!
THANK YOU to almost 100 members who participated in and supported the Jingle Bell Brunch! Although the weather outside was dreary, the atmosphere inside was warm and joyful. Good people, good food, good fun! What could be better? Wishing everyone a HEALTHY and HAPPY NEW YEAR!
See you on the slopes,
From left: Maryann C, Mary McG, Nancy C, Carol B, A, Joe M, Dawn M, Christine B, L.Photo by Joy T.
We are sorry to see the Cribbage gatherings come to an end, but it would be a bit much for members to trek down to our winter location in Florida twice a month to join us for card games there!
We had a wonderful time meeting new members and catching up with expert teachers and each other throughout the fall as outdoor activities were winding down. Each time we met, there were between 9 and 12 players and we rotated the winners so everyone had a chance to compete with experts and “wannabees” alike.
Thanks to all who made the effort to join us, and best wishes to all for the coming New Year!
Dawn and Joe
From left: BeverlyC, PamK, NancyC, CaroleB, LisaS, JudyT, MaryannD, MaryW, MaryI,
JoeM, BarbaraM, Dawn M
Members of the North Mystery Group had the great pleasure last month to attend “A Merry Music Hall Christmas” at the Methuen Memorial Music Hall.
The Music Hall is home to the Great Organ which has a long history—it was built in 1863 for the Boston Music Hall where it remained for 21 years. The Great Organ was purchased in 1897 by a Methuen millionaire who then built the Serlo Organ Hall, today known as the Methuen Memorial Music Hall, to house the magnificent Great Organ. The extremely talented organist and two excellent trumpet players entertained the audience with a variety of Christmas songs.
After the concert a delicious meal, great company and conversation was enjoyed at the Copper Door Restaurant in Salem, NH.
Twenty members of the TOHG Walking/Hiking group met at 10:30 am at the Great Brook parking area in Carlisle. We started off under clear blue skies, no wind and 40 degree temperature. We walked through a portion of the Great Brook State Park and then crossed into Chelmsford's Thanksgiving Forest, where the trails had all been swept clean. The Chelmsford Boy Scouts take care of this area.
We passed the River Meadow Brook and found the Thanksgiving Rock formation where a picture was taken of the whole group. After walking back as far as the small bridge that crossed the brook we divided into two groups; one headed back through the corn field and then into the pine forest area finishing at the picnic area. The other group crossed the brook and continued on the other side to view the abandoned cabin area as well as the old dam and mill site, eventually ending at the picnic area where the rest of the gang had arrived.
Three new members joined us on this walk: Joanne H, Margaret L and Karla S. Welcome!
We all socialized and wished each other Happy Thanksgiving. The total time walking was about 2 hours for about 3.5 miles, and the leaders were Chris B and Meredith P.
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