LR: Wendy R, David R, Maggie C, Stephanie O, Elsie L, Joe C and Jane P.
On Sunday, May 20th, seven members of the Gang ventured out in very iffy weather to walk on the Blackstone Heritage Canal route to the remains of the old locks and beyond. Some May wildflowers were in bloom, including lady slippers, as well as bird sightings (a great blue heron, for one) and a turtle. We walked a total of six miles and those who needed refreshments at the end went to the Muffin House.
Chris B., Cathleen R., Nancy C., Sue B., Jane P., Chis and Jane P.
Six TOHG members, plus a guest, went on a seven mile walk on the Assabet River Rail Trail between Stow and South Acton on Tuesday, May 8th. It was perfect weather, starting out cool and ending up quite warm when we got out of lunch at the Brook Kitchen & Tap in Maynard center. No one, except Jane (who lives about a mile from the trail) had been on the AART before. The newest section, between the town of Maynard and the South Acton train station (on the Fitchburg commuter rail line), is very scenic with woods, ponds and marshes. Bicycling and kayaking are also very popular past times along and next to the trail.
Our group met on May 5 at the Westford, Ma East Boston Camp Recreation Area for a walk around the lake and a then a pot luck lunch and BBQ.
On Sunday, April 29th, eight of us went to Tower Hill Botanic Garden in Boylston, MA to see a field of more than 75,000 blossoming daffodils and many other beautiful flowers and trees . When we arrived it was raining but it stopped just as we finished going through the Limonaia and the Orangerie and decided to go outdoors to the daffodil field and various trails and gardens on the property. An unusual new stickwork installation called “The Wild Rumpus” was quite amazing. When it was time for lunch, we all went into Clinton (five miles away) to the Clinton Bar & Grille. None of us had ever been there before but it ended up being a very good choice and a place we would all like to go back to sometime. The food was exceptional (and the wine was, too)! The group included Marco A., Jean M. and daughter Barbara, Joe M., Dawn M., Meredith P., Jane P. and David R.
On Thursday, April 26 the southwest mystery group had a very interesting day. They toured the Botanical Gardens at Roger Williams Park. This greenhouse garden includes hundreds of species and it’s the largest of its kind in New England. The botanical gardens are inside the massive Roger Williams Park, named after one of the state's founders. On display were many Fairy Gardens which were truly a delightful piece of artwork with lots of imagination. Some of us got to design and make our own Fairy Wands. After spending a couple of hours exploring the gardens and saying hello to the goats, we went to Gregg's Pub for lunch. It was a time of getting to know one another even better and interests we each had. The Fairy Exhibit is there all season so it was recommended to be put on a to-do list for some of our families and friends.
Photo caption: North Mystery Group at the planetarium: l-r Barbara M, Anne H, Nancy C, Bobbie M, Dawn M, Linda M, Carole B. Peeking through the astronaut's helmets (center) are Judy T and Cindy B. Traveling to Concord, NH on a rainy Wednesday, the north group visited the McAuliffe-Shepard Discovery Center - a science museum dedicated to Christa McAuliffe, the Concord high school social studies teacher selected by NASA to be the first Teacher in Space, and Alan Shepard, the Derry native and Navy test pilot who was the first American in space. The center’s programs explore astronomy, aviation, earth and space science. The day we went we attended two presentations in the Planetarium – “Wildest Weather in the Universe” and “Black Holes”. Both were very interesting, informative and dazzling to see projected on the dome over our heads. Following our outing, we enjoyed a tasty lunch at a local restaurant. Judy T
Sunday April 22nd nineteen members of the gang got together for a bike ride on the Derry/Windham Rail Trail. The morning started out a little cool but a bright sun warmed up the day as we rode. The trail has now been extended into Salem, NH making the round trip a total of 18 miles. After the ride the group headed over to MaryAnn’s Diner for brunch and witty conversation.
We had 12 art enthusiasts who strolled from gallery to gallery to enjoy all the varied forms of art. It was a beautiful spring day with warm sunshine and a slight coastal breeze. We had much chatter and laughter with our fellow members. Thank you to all who attended and made this a great event. Jane B
Hub Mystery group visited Edward Brooke Courthouse on April 20th. Judge Julian Houston introduced us to the Long Road to Justice Exhibition there.
Peg T’s coordination and execution of the Annual Meeting and luncheon was fantastic – thanks, Peg and assistant, Lorraine T, for all your hard work to make it so enjoyable.
We said our good-byes to four dynamic folks, two Board members, Linda McH. & John C. and two officers, Chris B., Treasurer and Peg T., Secretary and we welcomed our two Nancys, Nancy C. and Nancy B. as Members of the Board and Cindy B. as Treasurer and Joyce T. as Secretary. Thanks to all of you for joining the Board and for your future input.
Marco A. brought us all up to date on our fabulous Web site and reported that we are only in the infancy stage of what is still to come . . . on-line credit card payments, and more! Helgard K. and his lovely wife, Marina, hawked T-shirts to which Don T. would have been proud!
And, finally, to finish the “business at hand,” we amended the Constitution to simplify the voting process going forward. I am certain that the Nominating Committees of the future will be happy not to have to collect, sort and count ballots. Thanks are sent to Polly M. and her team, Ray G. and Linda McH. for this year’s hard work!
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