Ines, Dibba, Meredith, Marco, Ruth, Stephanie, Jan, Liz and Kathleen. Taking the Photo: Jill
It was a beautiful sunny day with a chilly breeze. Nevertheless, ten hardy members gathered to walk up to the Noanet Peak and marvel at the look of Boston’s skyline in the distance. Then two more loops for 4 miles through Noanet Woodlands (The Trustees of Reservation) and the adjacent Caryl Park (Dover Public Park), and after sharing a fresh batch of oatmeal chocolate chip cookies, everybody was ready to hop into their car away from the cold.
Thank you everyone for joining us,
Ines and Marco
By popular demand, Stephanie is sharing her Ocean Spray cookie recipe:
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 12 minutes
Yield: Approximately 21/2 dozen cookies
2/3 cup butter or margarine, softened
2/3 cup brown sugar
2 large eggs
1 ½ cups old-fashioned oats
1 ½ cups flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
½ teaspoon salt
1 6-ounce package dried cranberries, craisins, or cherries
2/3 cup white chocolate chunks or chips<>
Preheat oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit.
Using an electric mixer, beat butter or margarine and sugar together in a medium mixing bowl until light and fluffy. Add eggs, mixing well. Combine oats, flour, baking soda and salt in a separate mixing bowl. Add to butter mixture in several additions, mixing well after each addition. Stir in dried cranberries and white chocolate chunks.
Drop by rounded teaspoonfuls onto ungreased cookie sheets. Bake for 10 to 12 minutes or until golden brown. Cool on a wire rack.
The A team in every color: Charlie, Kent, Bill, Dave, Nancy, Jane, Shelly and Marty.
Tom J and Marge C
I had a great time.
Maureen, Joe, Elsie, Cathy, Chuck, Sue, Maggie, Joan
A delightful and special Sunday brunch was enjoyed by eight members of the South Mystery Group at the Union Straw restaurant in Foxboro, MA.
What some of the members may not have been aware of was the historical background of this location. The Union Straw Works was the largest straw hat manufacturer started in 1884 and employed 6,000 people. Many women were drawn to Foxborough for employment. In addition to those who worked in the factory, there was a large “cottage industry” where women braided and sewed straw at home. The women in the factory were socially active, raising money to purchase the gates at Rock Hill Cemetery. They also put notes of support and encouragement in hats being made for the troops during the Civil War.
Fourteen enthusiastic members of the North Mystery Group attended a get-together in Portsmouth on February 19th. Lunch was at Café Espresso before the big event. The restaurant buzzed with lively conversation. It was a great opportunity to get to know those who were new to the group and to catch up with the old.
Just up the road was our destination, the New Hampshire Theatre Project where we were treated to the play “Gobsmacked”. It was written, produced and performed by the lead actor, George Hoskey Bouley, and a very talented cast of characters. They say laughing helps digest your food, and we sure had our share of belly laughs at this production!
Jane B and Judy T
The breakfast at the Inn was delicious as were the dinners. Wednesday night we were treated to karaoke but, while none of this group sang, we did have dancers!
Consensus was we had a great week!
This was a trip to remember! The weather was perfect, the snow ideal, and the company stimulating. Trip participants x-country skied and snowshoed at ski centers and free trail systems in the area, BUT, this trip had more than its share of excitement and unexpected events.
The first night, while enjoying the “fruit of the grape” and appetizers, we were suddenly plunged into darkness. Paul McHugh, one of our gracious hosts at the Club, flashlight in hand, checked the fuse box. No problem there he reported. We soon learned that a car had hit a telephone pole and knocked out service in the area. The gang members, being who they are, took it in stride and, by the light of the propane fireplace and a few emergency lights, carried on with happy hour! We took that opportunity to tell a bit about ourselves since there were quite a few new members present.
Instead of the planned potluck that night, with no electricity, we quickly shifted to “Plan B”—pizza, the meal planned for the second night! After calling in the order, a small group headed to the kitchen to make salad with light from flashlights and cell phones! Without heat, everyone went to bed fairly early just to stay warm. The radiators started heating up again around 11:00 p.m.
But the excitement wasn’t over! One guest came down with a mild case of COVID the next day. Eight of the 18 members left, but 10 stayed, enjoying the postponed potluck supper. Paul did a great job of sanitizing and cleaning to make sure the Club was safe, and no one else has reported a positive test. The Lawrencian also generously refunded the charge for the second night’s stay to those who left early.
Problems like these could spell disaster, but not with TOHG members who “go with the flow” and “roll with the punches!” Thanks to everyone who took everything in stride. You make planning events easy!
Those who did not abandon hope were rewarded by the arrival of snow just in time to ensure that we had the best skiing conditions in years at Craftsbury. The trails and slopes were well groomed so we sailed along on our skis and snow shoes every sunny day. The hardiest among us made the annual cross country ski trip to Craftsbury Commons and returned in just time for lunch. Good friends enjoyed good food in the newly redesigned dining room.
We took a vote. We decided to return. Save the last week in February, 2024.
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