Connecting in Londonderry with Sherry

Mar 22, 2013 1 Comment 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.

I’m not sure if you feel this way, but these unexpected, into March, snow storms are throwing me off completely. It seems we just get a little momentum going. Spring is in the air and then BAM! Another snow fall that leaves us wondering if we will lose power again. I can’t seem to get out of my own way when this happens. I can’t believe I still haven’t made my way to walking around that one part of town that you probably don’t even know about yet.

I’ll blame the weather. I always feel like we are bears hibernating in the winter. Even if we go out, for most of us it’s harder to get going, we might complain a little more getting ready, and then there are just so many people that we just don’t even see during those cold months of our Winter. It can be your neighbor even just a couple doors down. I felt like I was taking a couple steps forward only to take three or more back.

Tuesday definitely sent me into a tizzy! The nutty part is that as strange as that snow storm was, black pavement to trees covered in white, people are starting to reconnect. The sunsets have been beyond beautiful this week, stems are starting to poke through, and birds are starting to build their nest.

With everything still covered in white outside our windows, John and I heard this pleasant but piercing, sound coming from we thought inside our house. I know we both thought mice, or something in our attic. I tried to follow it to see where it was coming from. Finally I realized it was from outside our front door. I opened the door and followed the sound to a tree by our steps and I could see birds in the tree, flying up and down, chirping around as though one was giving orders and work needed to start. They didn’t care that I was watching at all, it was time to get things done in preparation for spring and new beginnings.

My original plan for On The Road This Week was to start here. Maybe I’ll just jump back to what I planned to be my beginning now. Thank goodness I know you’re patient with me. You know I jump around and these stories never seem to begin or end where I expect them to! I like that; that’s how life is.

Monday night, here goes:

I want to start this week’s on the Road with something very “Classy”, kind and thoughtful that I observed just a few minutes ago as the girls and I were watching the town council meeting, tonight, Monday. Two people were running for one seat on the Planning Board. We watched each person being interviewed the week before and then it continued this week again. The girls and I felt bad for the town council because both people were excellent choices in our eyes. Finally it was time for a vote and we watched as one candidate was chosen over the other. We’ve all been in that situation before. You really want something, know you can do a great job, but for whatever reason another person is selected.

The next thing we observed was the candidate that was not chosen get right up and walk toward the back of the room. At first we thought they were upset, but no, they walked right over just to shake hands and congratulate the other person. A real I’m happy for you and good luck! It was just so great to see someone handle a tough situation nicely. I just want to thank both people for helping our town and for setting such a great example for Meredith and Mackensie, too. That was just really great to see. How lucky are we to have two great people wanting to help! Don’t forget our town needs you too! I feel like that army poster right now with Uncle Sam pointing his finger at all of us. There are so many ways to get involved and so many great people to meet and areas of our town to learn about.

On another note, I’ve been part of a book group in town for years and like so many things in life I go back and forth on whether to stay in it or move on. I think it’s been 10 years now. How did that time pass so quickly! We had to read the book Proof of Heaven by Eden Alexander, MD. I really thought I was going to love this book, but I didn’t. It’s really what got me to go to the meeting this month. The funny thing is almost everyone else loved it. So you should read it, I’d love to know what you think.

What came out of the book group for me was some of the best comments I have heard in a long time, and they really had nothing to do with the book. Suddenly our group started talking about Londonderry. They were saying things like, “We are just so lucky to be in Londonderry”, “People help each other here”, “People don’t realize how fortunate we are to be living in Londonderry” and then Diane, who is another angel among us in so many ways, always helping where she can and usually behind the scenes for little thanks, said something like, “You know we all can’t be best friends, but we all know we are here for each other. If something happens and someone needs help, we are here. Doors open, phones ring and we all rally together.”

That’s what Londonderry is all about. I know it’s not perfect, but we do really have the best of the best people and groups that bring us together in both the happy and sad times. I liked how Diane said it and I didn’t do it justice here, but she is right and I’m grateful she reminded me of that. Please don’t forget that if you need something, want to find a group to be part of, have time to give, you can even call Kathy or Steve at Visit Londonderry and they will give you great ideas of how to get started!

Another topic that came up last night is a great group in town that does so much for our community. This might be just what you are looking for. A great established group we have in town that many of you are probably not aware of is our LWC, the Londonderry Women’s Club. When John and I first moved back to Londonderry we were so grateful they were here. They sponsored so many great events that we could join in with and they made us feel part of something. I know men need that time too, but it is just so great for women from all different backgrounds, some with young children, some with grown, some working, some not, all coming together to do great things for our community and to support each other. I just love their vision and mission:

“The Londonderry Women’s Club brings diverse women together, creating an environment that nurtures friendships while encouraging community involvement through volunteering. Our mission is to commit to future generations by maintaining funds for scholarship and community projects, ensuring the Club’s dynamic influence within the community”.

How great is that? The LWC is ready to welcome and appreciate you with open arms. They have fun, make memories, and do great things for our community. Leslie Shillings is the president and you could not find a nicer, more positive, and grateful person. They are also a non-profit group and if you’ve ever wondered who runs the Toy Swap in town, the annual Comedy night at Tupelo to raise scholarship money, and so many other things, it’s our LWC.

Oh I forgot to mention they meet the third Wednesday of the month from September to May, call Trisha for more information about how to join. Don’t be shy, don’t wait call, I know you will be happy you did. Not to keep rambling about our LWC, but I also just love that this is for women of all ages.
Now the last thing I want to remind you of in this on the Road is don’t forget this weekend is Maple Weekend in NH! Last year there were over 100 sugar houses holding open houses around the state. We are so lucky to have our very own Peterson’s Sugar House right here in town. If you haven’t been stop by this year. It is one of the best things that happens each year in our town, and it is completely free! It should be a perfect weekend for it too! Bring the family or a friend.

We look forward to going each year. The sweet smell of the maple sap boiling, learning about the different grades of syrup and my favorite part the TASTINGS! Maple Walnut ice cream with syrup and so many other things. This is something you should share with your children.

Hey I forgot to tell you Visit Londonderry has created beautiful free coloring books for kids of all ages, too! If you haven’t been to our site yet Visitlondonderry.com go now while you are on your computer anyway. All the information you need about Hank’s Maple sugar weekend is there. The site is so beautiful to, go take a look. It’s for all of us, our community family. We have great stories and directions to places you probably didn’t even know existed in our town.

Here’s a For Instance: I’ve lived in Londonderry almost all of my life and I had no idea that we grow grapes at some of our farms; did you? Visit Londonderry is there for you to use and enjoy. Visitlondonderry.com is there to remind all of us really what I started our story with this week, thinking about all the good people who do so much knowing we can’t all agree, but we can listen and still shake hands! How Blessed we are to be able to Live Work and Play right in our town. It’s not perfect, but with baby steps and good people we are getting pretty close.

I’m so sorry this was such a scattered, disheveled story, but thank you for reading. I would be so grateful if you could suggest a business or place I should stop by this week while on the road. I feel like I’m missing some of the best kept secrets in town.

Sherry

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.

One Response to “Connecting in Londonderry with Sherry”

  1. Veronica Townsend says:

    Good ‘musings’ thanks for reminding us of all the great things to do in town, and your express a sense of wonder that is warming!
    we love snow and went cross country skiing and snow shoeing on the Macks trails, it was bliss.
    Lindt chocolate store was going to close the end of this month. We were very concerned for the job losses and the end of such a sweet era.! the staff are delightful. Word spread that customers like a small sore and it has sustained for so many years why take their resources to some outlying mall. The Londonderry spirit worked to change corporates mind and renew their lease!.

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