Nine members visited the Rhode Island School of Design Museum. Featured was a special Display of Gorham Silver. It’s a rare look of the largest collection of objects from the RI based company that was once the world’s biggest manufacturer of silver. The museum occupies three buildings and after viewing the silver display we ventured into several other areas. One could easily spend a day or more viewing them.
As with all of our events, we ended up at a local restaurant and had good food and great conversations.
A group of 12 cyclists enjoyed a ride around Jamestown Island on July 17. The weather was warm and sunny with a southerly wind that picked up to cool us on the trip home along the east side of the island. The route follows the shoreline for most of the ride so a leisurely pace allowed us to enjoy seeing the many sailboats and fishing trawlers on Narragansett Bay. We were rewarded after a few challenging hills by the view at the southern tip of the Island at Beavertail Park.
We returned to Sue’s house for a picnic with salty snacks, sandwiches, fruit, popcorn, water and flavored seltzer. Ice cream cones for dessert disappeared quickly.
A bike ride around Jamestown is always fun, but a ride with the Gang is the best!
This year our Annual Picnic was held at a new venue, the Picnic Pavilion at the Nara Recreational Facility in Acton, MA. The weather was near perfect for the 106 gang members who participated. The catered BBQ lunch was delicious and somewhat overwhelming with all of the choices provided. And many thanks to those who brought appetizers and desserts to share. What is quite extraordinary about the park is that it is on the Bruce Freeman Rail Trail, as well as having it’s own walking trails and a lake with a nice beach for swimming. Many members worked up an appetite by biking, walking, or swimming beforehand. Some even played golf nearby! Everyone seemed to enjoy themselves tremendously and had a great afternoon at the park.
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.
On this partially cloudy day making for excellent biking weather, seven members navigated the backroads of the north shore on a picturesque ride to Newburyport. Riding through Governors Academy, the marshes of Newbury, and ending with a beautiful view of Newburyport harbor made the 32 mile round trip ride worth it!
Pat C. and Selma J.
28 members got together for the first of this years Bike and brunch.
We rode on the Derry/ Windham/ Salem NH rail trails for a distance of 19 miles round trip. There were a few flat tires and another minor mechanical issues, but overall the ride was great. After the ride the members headed over to Mary Ann’s diner for Brunch . I would like to pass along to Betsy B. and Gail E. a special thanks for their assistance at the ride.
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.
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