By Lois Lumbra — It has been a nice cool Sunday, and our daughter Penny came up and we prepared dinner together and then cleaned up the dishes before going in the living room to sit and chat for a little while. Sonny built a nice wood fire today, and that is so cozy would like to lie down beside the stove and have a nap. Our neighbor Jake Webster stopped by on Saturday and said Hello, he will be heading out to New Jersey area for work. Said he will be staying with his brother for awhile.
12/1/16, Ten members of the “Nimble Thimble” quilting circle gathered for a Christmas Season Luncheon at Bernie’s Restaurant in the Center. Together was Therese Begnoche, Shirley Duso, Sue Peters, Sue Cherrier, Sue Smolinsky, Sue Hogan, Sue DeRancourt, Cheryl Heneveld, Carolyn Babcock and Jeannette Sylvester. There was a lot of chit-chat before getting into their business of what they would like to do in 2017. I don’t think many of us know all the good deeds these wonderful ladies do for others here in the Community and beyond. Those talented hands are always busy doing beautiful quilts and I sincerely Thank You all for your wonderful works of art and sharing it with our needy families.
DECEMBER 3, I attended the Children’s Christmas Party at the Elementary School Gym that was planned by Amanda Starr. When everyone was gathering the Richford Choir was singing while Rod Sanborn was playing the piano. Greeting everyone at the door was Samantha Stanhope. The gym was all set up with small tables and chairs for the children to do crafts. I enjoyed going from table to table watching the children make something special, Stewart Pratt was enjoying play dough cut outs, while a little girl at the same table was making a large fish with big teeth. They all worked so quietly. Allora Dematos was helping the children decorate large pine cones, they were using glue and glitter, Christina Suarez-Pratt was showing the little ones how to make Rudolph on a Christmas ball, using paint and their little thumb to make a print on the ball and colors to make eyes and there was a little red ball for his nose, So cute!! Rita Kalsmith and Patty Perl were helping the children decorate cupcakes, they had several colors of frostings, and colorful sugars, etc to decorate their cupcake and then to eat it. Many children got their faces painted and as I was about ready to come home with my neighbor Mary Tryhorne, her little girls Adeline and Laurel got beautiful snow flakes painted on their faces. They were so proud and wanted their Daddy to see them. There was plenty of cookies, hot chocolate and popcorn for everyone to enjoy coming from the kitchen help Dawn and daughter Faith Reed. The last part of this event was soooo touching to me, two 4th graders singing all the Christmas songs, Wendell Hughes on guitar and son Flynn on bass, daughter Mara and her friend Aine Remmers sang all the songs so perfectly. I was truly amazed at their performance. I talked with Santa Claus for a few minutes as he and Mrs. Claus arrived on our fire trucks and he said that he had over 60 children come and tell him their Christmas wishes, some of the little ones were afraid and no amount of coaxing would they go and sit on Santa’s lap. It was truly a wonderful family event and for everyone that participated in helping Amanda set up and then clean up..THANK-YOU!!!!
Christmas Gift Idea.. Do you have a person that enjoys the outdoors, hiking, biking and would like a beautifully written guide pocket-book? The little 208 page book is written by Robert Gilmore and the photo’s were all taken by Eileen Oktavec of Town, “In The Middle Of The Mountains”, with scenic roads and trails in the Montgomery and Jay Peak area. This would made a great stocking stuffer and can be purchased at most stores in the Montgomery area. The Montgomery Recreation Board would like to Thank everyone that has made purchases, thus far.
Just a little reminder of the Huge Craft Show that will be coming this Saturday, Dec. 10 at the Montgomery Elementary School Gym from 9 a.-3 p.m.
December 18th, CANDLES AND CAROLS at the Pratt Hall, 5 p.m.
December 21st, FESTIVAL OF LESSONS AND CAROLS, 6 p.m. at all Saints Church, Richford, Vt.
Happy Birthday to: Diane Bocian 12/11, Randi Hacker, Shane Robitaille 12/13, Joan Ramey, Mike Celantano, Sara Robitaille 12/15, Shirley Jacobs 12/16, Louise Celantano, Ann Cote 12/17.
There’s always a lot to be thankful for, IF you take the time and look for it. Have a nice week and be thankful for all your wonderful family and friends.
L.T.A. God Bless!!!
Lois Lumbra is a long-time village resident, sharing thoughts, observations, news, and local happenings in her weekly column online and in the county paper.