First Members Only Event and Power Outages with Sherry

Nov 02, 2012 No Comments by

The amazing thing about being part of Visit Londonderry is that I never know exactly where a week will lead. Even though I have lived here since the 60’s, grew up at Kendalwood Condos, taught at the High School, and raised my family here, each day I learn something special about our community. One thing is for sure, Londonderry is the best place to Live, Work and Play! Each week I will share with you some of the amazing businesses and things I have learned about Londonderry.

This is a very odd Monday morning for Visit Londonderry; we really never do know what a week will bring. As I type this Monday morning at 8:23, the girls are sound asleep, John is at an emergency meeting for our town to prepare for Sandy, and our dog Shea is moving around the house as though he can feel something is brewing. I really have no idea what day I will be able to begin visiting our local businesses this week; right now I just pray that everyone in our town is safe, protected and cared for.

I do want to tell you about something very special that happened for Visit Londonderry at the start of the weekend though. We had our first After Hours Event for all of our members at the Moonlight Meadery. Being a new membership in our community, Jackie, our Office Manager, had tried for a month to bring as many members together as we could for this event.

She worked with Michael and Berniece, the owners of the Meadery, and decided to go with Friday evening. I hope you can attend the next one.  I know this probably sounds silly, or like I’m trying to put something on, but it was simply just such a nice event. Members stopped by to meet each other and learn about each other’s businesses, but also to hear Mike and Berniece’s story. Michael stood on the steps of their production area and told a room full below how the Moonlight Meadry came to be. First you might need to understand what Mead is. Mead is a honey wine. It is made from pure honey. Long before Visit Londonderry, my friend Marion and I had found the Meadery when they first moved to this location. It is the  perfect place for friends to visit, or when you and your spouse just want to step outside of life for even a half hour. Stop in to see Mike and the great people who work there.  They will pamper you with a lovely tasting and story of Mead. You will feel as though you have just stepped into a Napa Valley Winery, but you didn’t have to drive more than a few miles from your home.

Michael Fairbrother of Moonlight Meadery gives tours to groups of all sizes.

Here I am writing and it is late on Tuesday night, 11:07 exactly. Still our street and area does not have power. Thank goodness we do have an old generator that gives us light in two rooms of our home.  Unfortunately, they are two rooms down stairs, not including our bedroom.  Here is my funny, embarrassing story of the storm.

Tonight, my daughter Mackensie had a basketball game at the Sports Zone.  A late game, 8:00. At about 6:00, I headed upstairs, flashlight in hand, to do my best to get dressed (in the dark) for the game. Great game; oddly I did get a couple compliments on my bright maroon shirt. But when I looked in a mirror downstairs, I realized I had been wearing it inside out the entire evening. Now with some shirts that might not be so bad, but this one even had the great long looped strings that hang from the inside so that you can hang the sweater properly in your closet. Not only were all the seams showing strongly, but the strings were dangling and touching my arms the entire Evening! Oh what a night.

Wednesday came and went with still no power and no Halloween, but the weather was beautiful. We stayed very hopeful that any minute the power would be on. Thursday morning we woke up to full power once again. John said that for us, at about 4 in the morning our power came back on. Meredith moved her full length mirror and hair straightener from the kitchen back up to her bedroom and things began to get back to normal. Our family on the NJ shore is without power and without a generator. They have no hope in sight for anything close to normal for a long time. They live about 10 min from the ocean. They are safe, but have described what it is like to bring your gas can to the pumps and wait in long endless lines. They are in our prayers. John has offered to bring them our generator and gas, but things are very chaotic there right now.

Thursday finally came and I did spent the entire day catching up with our members and stopping by to visit businesses that are anxious to join. I have so much to share with you, but I think for this week, I will end here.  I don’t want to go on forever, and I know all of our readers must have so much catching up to do after Sandy hit.

Next week I want to tell you about my Visit with John of Blackberry’s Bakery. Did you know that John arrives many mornings at 2 or 3 AM to begin preparing all of those lovely homemade baked goods that we enjoy? Also I want to tell you about our YMCA, but I want to do tell the story right, and not rush through. I was so shocked by what our YMCA has to offer and like with everything; it is right here in Londonderry. Visit Londonderry is all about that; our town offers us everything we need to live, work and play without having to go anywhere else!

On the Road with Sherry

About the author

Sherry has lived in Londonderry since the 1960's. Her mother was one of the first employees at Mr. Steer Meats. Sherry taught at the Londonderry High School for a number of years and spearheaded the first Career Education Class at the school. She has two daughters of her own with her husband John.
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