Come in for a cold Drink with Sherry

Jul 27, 2013 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.

A few weeks back when I was dropping a friend of Mackensie’s  off at his home, his Grampa Bill  said “Come in for a cold Drink?” It was a hot day, we had been running around and were about to run more, and instead of the quick “Thank You” and wave good bye, Bill took a minute to offer these words. I smiled and thought wow now that’s not something you hear anyone say anymore, and how sad is that! We all seem so rushed, bottled up, and even though we may think to offer a cold drink or cup of coffee, we pause and say Oh my house is a mess, the dog is nutty, or usually “Ain’t no one got time for that”! Maybe this week we should all just give it a try and see what happens, pick one person and just say “Come in for a Cold Drink” even if they can’t, you will do both of your hearts good.  A healthy life pause, if nothing else!

Bill is also one of those people who volunteers lots of his time to lots of things. I just wanted to tell you about one place  that is very dear to Bill’s heart, I use to call it the West Side Community center when I lived in our apartment in Derry.  Now it is called, maybe it was then too, The Marion Gerrish Community Center. It’s right on West Broadway and their number is 434-8866. They do many things there, but they have a great Thrift Store that has just been moved and remodeled.  If you have anything gently used, and you know someone could still use it, what are you waiting for bring it here! They take small appliances, toys, books, knickknacks, jewelry, linens and other things too. (they have lots of clothing right now, but in the fall they will need that too) All the money made from the Thrift Store goes to keeping the Community Center Up and Running for all to use.  They have great programs for everyone there.  You can rent rooms for showers and other events too.

I have loved walking and driving by that building since I was a little girl, did you know that it was built in 1860 as a one level schoolhouse! Through the years they have raised it up and added rooms.  It’s truly a part of our NH history.  Really look at it the next time you go by.  It is another Steeple that will take your breath away too!

Thinking about breathtaking Steeples!  Remember awhile back I wrote to you about John and I running up Pillsbury Road to catch the Steeple rising at our own Orchard Christian Church. Back then there were still parking lots to be completed and piles of stone to be moved.  Not anymore! This building of worship might be the best thing that has happened to our town in a long time! Now don’t get mad that I typed that, and remember we are Catholic, but it gives me hope! Somehow it washes away a little of the sadness and life’s disappointments. It reminds me that there are still beautiful new things to come.

They opened their doors a few weeks ago for their 9:30 Sunday service.  Lee invited me to stop by for a tour.  John and I couldn’t wait!  Here’s another one of those “Cold Drink things” that we just don’t do enough of.

When we arrived at the church, Lee came outside to greet us. Not many of us do that anymore either, we kind of wait inside finishing one more thing until the doorbell rings, even though we saw the person drive up! I just love it when someone comes out to greet me, and I love to greet others that way too. Sometimes I run out, which probably seems over done to some! It just feels so good though! Anyway, not only did Lee walk out, but we shared a welcome hug. It’s seems like so many people are afraid to hug each other anymore. Now Lee and I don’t know each other really well, we’re not family, but there’s a real value to a hug. It’s almost healing, and it seems we do it less and less.

We never use to worry about being too close to someone, things being taken the wrong way, so many rules and regulations that people are becoming afraid to embrace each other. I say dear goodness, Hug more! I read a book years ago by I think his name was Leo Buscaglia. He believed in hugging and hugging and hugging more! It feels so darn good! Life is bittersweet, and we all need each other, like it or not, hugs help. Teachers even have to be afraid to hug their students now, how very sad is that! Hug and Hug more. No one will ever know, but today just hug someone you may not have hugged before, you know you want too!

Back to our new church, drive through the parking lot, stop in, take a picture like we did! It is the most peaceful place. This too will do your heart good! The worship area is welcoming and open. John and I especially loved this part. They have a new children’s area, but the best part is each parent gets a pager! If your little one needs you, they will just page you so you can come back and see what the problem is. It’s one of those little restaurant pagers we have all seen.  John and I remember the days of almost hiding when someone would come walking through the church to find us, waving to us that one of the girls needed us! Now it’s peaceful and easy.  Stop by our Orchard Christian Church and say Hello!

I have one more great “Come in for a cold drink” moment to tell you about. This week we have been trying to get things done for Meredith heading off to college.  Everyone keeps saying college kids need their own bank card, ATM account and all that. 11:30am last Saturday morning, I decide we should get this one off the “list” right now! The girls and I hop in the car and rush to our Bank of America. I was hoping they were open until 1pm but deep down I knew they closed at 12!

By the time we walked in the door it was 11:48. I felt like Kramer on Seinfeld, rushing through the bank door, girls behind me! The tellers look at us and I ask “what time do you close today”, 12 of course!  Mere and Mackensie say “mom let’s just come back during the week, they are getting ready to close”.  My mind starts to panic, we just rushed, drove 5 miles, you might know the thoughts, when suddenly this sweet representative, again “walks” over to greet us and asks how she can help us with a smile!  It’s a beautiful Saturday, she must have plans, eager to get out into the sunshine, but in a very “I can help you, no problem” way she led all of us back to her desk. Her name is Lori Parziale. Now we all know opening a new account, doesn’t take just a few minutes, not if it’s done right anyway.

Lori took the time, explained everything to Meredith with care.  Made us feel completely at home and didn’t flinch at all as the time moved to 12:15, and later. Now that’s Hospitality! Lori has only been at the bank for a year, and they are very lucky to have her. She could not have been more professional and personable all in one. Another sad thing about today is that those two words seem to go together less and less! She even took the time to explain on line banking to Mere and told her that, I still can’t believe this one, Now you can even just take a picture of the front and back of your check with your smart phone and deposit it that way! After a few days you can just throw the check away! I think I have that right! What a different world! Lori was great and we were grateful! I almost gave her a hug, wish I had really!

From there we headed to our own Londonderry Flea Market. We just love that place!  It was “hotter than the blazons” as my dad would say, but we always seem to find something we need there at a great price. We headed in looking for a black bag, didn’t find that this time, but did find a new vendor who sells basketball pinnies. If you have basketball players these things can be hard to find and expensive. This nice man is now selling them for $12, wish I had gotten his name. We bought a couple pinnies and then started talking about college and sports. He told us about his daughter who was in her second year of college, and he had a few great tips for us too. If you haven’t been in a while stop by.

Don’t forget to that on Wednesday’s in the center of Derry there is a Farmer’s market that has fresh produce, fudge, even wine usually all made right here, close by.  It runs through to September 25th every Wednesday from 3 – 7pm.

Just one more thing, people have been commenting that they love and know our town of Londonderry, but what else can we do in and around our area, seems like many of us are looking for nice drives and new places to explore.  I’ll try to work on that for next week, but please e-mail me any ideas you have, too!

With A Grateful Heart Sherry xo

On the Road with Sherry

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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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