“Tidbits” with Sherry

Sep 14, 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.

For the last few weeks I keep sitting down to type to you on Friday morning with the thought that this week I will try not to tell you too many stories from around town, but I will try to get more “goodness” in, but in shorter “bites” sort of.

Well this week I’m going to give that a try. Each week I feel bad, because I meet so many people and businesses I want to tell you about, but then I can’t get everyone in the week I hope for or sometimes promise. So “tidbits” it is for today. Here goes.

I have always loved the word tidbit and use it often. To me it means a little colorful piece of this or that. I checked with Dictionary.com one of my favorite places, and they describe it as “a choice or pleasing bit of anything.” I hope that’s how you feel after reading these tidbits today.

The first time I heard the word tidbit I think was back in 1968, I was 8 years old. Nabisco coined the word for me. Do you remember that box of the most delicious tiny cheese crackers in the world? I sure do, and I miss them. They started on the market in 68’ but sadly were taken off in 2003. I’m sure it had to do with the list of ingredients, too much this or that. I’ve taken many nutrition courses, and I will never buy all that “it’s going to kill you talk.” Most foods in moderation and you’ll be fine. I also think a nice little treat, something you enjoy that has a little flavor helps your head and heart too, but that’s just me.

That’s what tidbits did for me anyway. Salty, crunchy, cheesy. A little bit of heaven. Tidbits, here are mine for this week.

***Tupelo’s right here in town! Have you been yet, you have to go, you’ll thank me. One of John’s favorite things to go too in town is Comedy Night at the Tupelo. I know you might be thinking one week she is crying about money and the next they are spending it. Well this is the best deal around. The tickets are about $15 each, you can bring in your own drinks and food, and you will hear usually three of the funniest comedians that are from all over.

We went last Saturday and the headline comedian was Joey Yannetty. He is a comedian that has been all around the country and is on 50 cruises each year as the main entertainment. He started off by joking about the power outages we have here in Londonderry. We all gave him that how would you know glance and we were shocked, it turned out he lives right here in Londonderry! How great is that? He told us how Charlie from D & G Cycle, the best Cycle shop in the world in my book, helped him find the right bike and get back into riding. He said now he brings his bike on the cruise boats and rides around new areas when they dock. Each comedian was great, and the price is hard to believe.

***I have so much more I want to tell you about the night but I’m going to keep moving. Next. A few weeks back my friend Cindy and I made an unexpected stop for lunch at Rocco’s in Hudson. It is right in that great little plaza on Route 102 or Old Nashua Road as some people call it. At one end of the plaza is my girls favorite ice cream place Findeisen’s. I wonder where the name came from. They have so many flavors and they have Richardson’s Italian Ice, too. In my book nothing can beat that! Back to Rocco’s.

Cindy and I love it there because sometimes it’s nice that it’s not right in our town, if you know what I mean. The food never disappoints. We each had a delicious steak tip salad. We usually seem to have Lisa as our waitress; we always ask her opinion on our pick. She is lovely and efficient. Now something we really like is that if you so desire to order a glass of wine or other drink, they will offer you a Tall or Short. A tall saves you from having to order a second, saves you money, and is just that nice little bit more that you sometimes want without having too much. We really like that. Eating in or taking out is exceptional. John and I often order from Rocco’s when we are coming home from long trips to NY or CT. It’s right on our way home, we place our order once we get off Route 3 and it’s there waiting for us.

***Oh my goodness, I was just about to tell you about a wonderful business that Cristen Eustice has in our area, called Solera Vino, LLC, Wine Consulting and Event Planning. I told her weeks ago I was going to tell you about her, but never found the right time or place. Well now I know why. I’m embarrassed to admit that I just read her brochure. Her description of Solera is beautiful, and like the wine she teaches us about it should be savored not rushed. I have my title for next week “Solera”, here’s her email if you just can’t wait: info@soleravino.com.

***Something else I should have told you about weeks ago, St. Gianna’s Closet. You may not realize this but one of our own families in town, have been gathering gently worn children’s clothing for families in need not across the world but for families right in our own area! Everything Liz collects goes directly to the needy in Manchester and Londonderry. How great is that. Liz has been doing this for I would guess around 8 maybe 10+ years. She’s not like most of us who start something and then tire of it. I know she would not want me to type this but Liz is another humble hero behind the scenes.

Liz said there is also a need for sheets/blankets, baby equipment, backpacks, and kitchen items. How beautiful is this. You can drop things of right in their driveway at 5 Isabella Drive or give Liz a call with any questions you have, 437-6678. ***Gently used only please.

***This one has been on the tip of my tongue for many weeks, but I’m not sure if you’ll want to read it or not. You know I believe in timing so here goes.

After just typing to you about wonderful people doing things to help so many others that are having a hard time, here is something that drives me nuts. Facebook! Now I completely, love maybe 95% of Facebook. I love reading about how my relatives and friends are doing near and far. I love that Facebook connected me with my dear friend that I met while we were both studying in England, Rosalie but:

Sometimes I think people forget they need to be caring of how they type things. Always remember that other people are reading these post who might be going through a difficult time. They’ll be happy for you too, but it’s just all in how you say it. All in how you type it I guess.

***Last one for today, promise. I have to personally thank Amanda at our own Harold Square. This week Mackensie and I had that Harold Square craving we get. I had a meeting so I called in our order and asked that it be ready for 7 pm. Amanda took my call. As I left my meeting, Mackensie called to tell me that I had forgotten my purse at home, you ask how. It’s a long story! Anyway it was after 7 of course, if I headed home, it would be another 45 minutes of wasted time, so I called Amanda and pleaded my case. I could hear the smile in her voice. I was starving, it was late and Mackensie had been waiting for me after hours of homework! Amanda checked with Ben the owner, and said, “Just come on in!” She had it all figured out when I got there. I was able to pay, and leave somehow within minutes. Amanda is another great waitress that loves what she is doing, and becomes part of your experience. This could have gone an entirely different way, but Amanda took the time to figure it! My hat goes off to her, and of course the food was delicious!

I think we should have day to celebrate all of the wonderful waiters and waitresses in our life! I have to tell you about Tammy next week!

***Don’t forget to Thank Our Alert Team too, Great Men and Women like Wayne Hall, who has had to rescue me more than once On The Road!

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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