Running Backwards with Sherry

Aug 03, 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.

This week had so many unexpected twist and turns, kind of like when I go running (jogging very slowly, but running sounds so much better!) in a place I’ve never been. Lots of times when I “run” I will run backwards for a while. If you’ve seen me out there it’s not pretty, but it really helps me to catch my breath and think about where I’ve been. Oh a memory. Dear Goodness one time in Manchester I was running up a hill, I turned to run backwards and ran right into a parked car. Again not pretty and I was on a date to boot.

Anyway, I woke up this morning and thought I’ll tell you about my week Backwards and see if I can get everything in. Last night I sent out a Tweet, not sure what I think about Tweeting, but it’s interesting, that I was at SuperWok. Unexpected a dear friend and I decided to get together at the last minute. I really needed to get out of the house just for a short time. I bet you know that feeling too. I’ve also decided that getting especially your first born ready for college is like that old saying about weddings and funerals, they bring out the best and worst in people. That’s what this college adventure is doing to us. I needed a break and I know the girls did too from ME!

I arrive first which never happens, and again like Kramer, push through the front doors of our SuperWok. It seems Ronnie is always there and always ready to make you feel like you and your family are the most important part of his day. How Great is that! In many ways SuperWok has become our own local “Cheers”, but we don’t have to drive to Boston it is right here. When my dear friend Amy arrived, we hugged, we talked we had my favorite salt and pepper chicken wings and my heart felt better.

One other thing, don’t forget about your favorite restaurants in town, just because of the lazy days of summer. They still need you and your business. Make it a point to go to one this weekend, know that they need you!

Earlier in the day I went into our own Aviation Museum, right at the Airport. If you haven’t been there you have to go! It is perfect for all ages. Some of you might remember the original Londonderry Airport that was here many years ago. Well when you walk through the door that’s exactly what you are standing in. It’s that very small, actual building that was our first Terminal. What a feeling you get! Then thanks to the donations of a wonderful family and others too, the new part of the museum is there waiting. It will take your breath away.

Visit Londonderry sponsored a guided tour of our area with our new DRED Commissioner, Jeff Rose. What a dreadful acronym, but it stands for Department of Resources and Economic Development. What an impressive man! He loves New Hampshire and agrees that Londonderry is a great place to Live Work and Play for everyone. His tour ended here at our museum with a lovely lunch and closing remarks. My favorite part was hearing the airplanes go right over head. You can also just park in the parking lot and sit and watch the planes with your family. Bring some snacks and stay awhile. One of our Visit Londonderry members, Ed was spotted leaving with a great Airport tote that he bought in the store, yes they even have a store! He thought the bag was great but he said, “Hey I just wanted to show my support” I agree, that’s what we all need to do more of all around town.

Oh! I also have to tell you that this wonderful volunteer, Wendell Berthelsen told me they offer a class to Manchester and Londonderry High School students on Aviation Careers! Free! The classroom is beautiful and waiting. On top of that you could hold your next special event right there, too. They have rooms available for a low fee. Recently a wedding was held there. This reminded me of our picturesque Londonderry Country Club, remember they also have plenty of space and beautiful scenery for your next special event too. Helga and Tom would be honored to have you with them.

Continuing back to Wednesday night, have you been to Clam Haven in Derry recently? We hadn’t been since last year, no sadly since my mom passed away. That craving for steamers was over taking me again and I remembered that my mom and I use to love them there. I called to see if they still had them and a lovely girl answered. Of course I called at the busiest time. She was patient with me, said yes they have them, but wait for this, she said she would be happy to put two orders aside for me so that I would not be disappointed if they ran out. We called Bart, because he loves seafood too and we all headed to Derry.

Well if I were a rating kind of girl, which I guess I am, I would give our evening a lovely 8. We loved every minute, and plan to go back often. Bart’s fried scallops were delicious, John’s shrimp good, steamers, too good I wanted another order and the cutest part, Mackensie ordered a cheeseburger and she would rate it a 10! On Mondays they have a Lobster bake for only $15ish with steamers and corn, too. They have a nice area where you can sit inside or there are picnic tables outside.

Continuing backwards to Wednesday morning at 4:15 am, Steve always reminds us that there is so much for us to explore within 45 minutes of our home Londonderry. Mountains, lakes, Boston, and the ocean are all just 45 minutes away. Thinking of this the girls and I decided to wake up at 4:00am, hop into the car turn on the head lights and drive to pick up our friends Lisa and Katherine. We were chasing the sunrise together! We were on our blanket at Hampton Beach watching the colors change in the sky within 50 minutes! Quickly the sun peeked out on the horizon and ever so quickly we watched it rise. It’s one of those moments you have to lock in your heart forever. Wish we could have gone again this morning.

Now some of you wanted me to give you ideas for things outside of Londonderry, too. This is one of my favorites. Now our only problem was finding a place for breakfast that early in the morning. I thought there would be many places, and there are but they don’t open until 7am. We were starving and it was only 6am. Even good moods can change quickly when we are hungry! We started driving. Meredith asked her iPhone where we could go for breakfast. It came back with a place called Marie’s in Salisbury. I was worried.

It says we are 3 miles away. We make a turn and there is the sweetest little breakfast place you can imagine, Marie’s. We walk inside and it looks brand new to me. Counter spots if you want them or many nice tables. To make this quick, the menu said Marie’s is the oldest restaurant in Salisbury and at one time it was located closer to the beach. Our breakfast a 10! A neat light omelet just the way I like them. We also took our time looking at all the pictures of days past, memories hanging on the walls. Marie passed away but her legacy lives on. We’ll be back, hope you get to do a sunrise run too!

Oh my goodness I almost forgot. This story will melt your heart, and maybe you can use it or share it with a family you love. As we were watching the sunrise, we noticed a dad and his little daughter sitting watching and waiting together. They walked over to ask if we could take pictures for each other. Great Fun. He took this picture for us! I had to ask where they were from. He said a little town outside of Chicago. He went on to tell us that he and his wife have 4 children, ages 6 and down to 6 weeks!!! Precious! Now this is what I have to tell you. You might wonder how they ended up at Hampton Beach on a week vacation. Each year his wife puts all of the 48 states names in a bucket and one of the children reaches in and pulls out a state name. That’s where they head for vacation. This year it was NH! How Great is that? Last year they drove to Montana!Oh dear Johnny said I might be getting to wordy and long, better end soon. I know it’s true. But I had to tell you that little story!

Last thing, I have to thank Trisha at Salon Bogar for somehow fixing my eyebrows. Dear goodness I had been trying to save money and been doing them myself lately, again that college frenzy! Suddenly I’m trying to save every penny, so wish I had before. I was starting to look like that poor women in Just Go With It, the eyebrow patient who had a bad facelift! Trisha is an artist, somehow she fixed my mess, made them even once again, and made me feel 10 years younger all in 15 minutes.

With A Grateful Heart Sherry xoxo and neat eyebrows too!

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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