CCL Weekly Update – 11/13/2020

Rearranging our relaxation … and paying attention to the resurgence

As predicted, Covid has circled back around, along with the critical need to continue taking precautions and proceed with patience. I think we expected that we’d be done with the whole business before the holidays … and yet here we are. Same place, several months later … with Thanksgiving around the corner.

For many, this means a totally different way of celebrating. Collective, crowded enjoyment of a huge meal is a bad idea. Bad idea. The best gift this holiday season we can give the ones we love, is to distance and do lots of phone calls, Facetime, or Zooming. If you’re one used to cooking for a crowd, go to it! Maybe a neighbor who is unable to join their family would appreciate your talents.

In the next several days, we will be sharing lots of Thanksgiving ideas, including a list of restaurants, markets, and community organizations offering Thanksgiving meals delivered to you, ready for pick-up, and even a few dine-in options (at least as this message is written.) We’re also preparing some neighborly support and outreach, and your participation would be much appreciated. Please let us know if you’d like to share something, call folks, or make some deliveries.

However we cope with this rearrangement of our celebrations, we remember the blessings we have in our friendships, support systems and those around us ready to be of help. Call anytime. Really. Together we can figure it out.

Appreciating you all.

With Love,  Patty

603-795-0603 (CCL office)

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Don’t forget: 

We are here. Every Day. 

Reach out when you or someone you care about needs a hand. If you could use information, help, a listening ear or ways to make someone else feel really good, contact us at 603-795-0603 or We partner with organizations and generous volunteers to connect you with just the right resources and opportunities to get involved: Deliveries or errands. Groceries or meals. Handy help around home. Holiday ideas and cheer. A little help problem-solving. You name it.

The Lyme Organizations and Services Directory.

Here’s the link! We appreciate the interest and those who’ve helped to spread the word, since the link was removed from the bottom of Lyme Listserv messages earlier this year. We’ll also add it to the bottom of all of our own messages. This is a searchable, online, frequently-updated listing of individuals, organizations, and businesses serving Lyme. We welcome listings of services provided by Lyme community members and those serving Lyme, with a Lyme referral. We do our best to keep up with changes and depend on reports of needed edits from those listed and their users. Contact to suggest changes. Thanks!

The Lyme Food Pantry will be open on Tuesday. 

At 1pm, all are welcome to our “Farmers Market” display of Willing Hands produce. You can order a food package at 795-0603, or stop by. We’re working on plans for special holiday offerings and safe distribution of food as the weather turns cold. Your ideas and requests are most welcome!

If you are a school family with concerns for your own or fellow families, we’d like to help.

This quick form allows you to consider and share your situation, needs you may have, and ways you may help others. Complete it if you like, or just reach out by email or phone. If you could use help getting through the day or weeks, call 603-795-0603. Together, we’ll work through the pieces and come up with a way to make it work for you.

Coming up this week: 

Please be extra-careful about keeping yourself and others safe and healthy. Wear an appropriate face covering when you are in public. Keep a safe distance. Stay home if you are sick at all. And please be kind, as you encourage others to practice safe behaviors. ❤️ ?.

Check out the Lyme Events Calendar online. Please let us know about other things you think we should share. Following are just a few highlights. See the end of this listing for our sources and more great resources to learn about all kinds of events.

Don’t miss:

  • Friday (11/13):
    Fairlee’s Free Food Friday,* 10:15-10:45am, drive by the south side of the Fairlee Town Hall. This is a new route, to continue through the winter.
    Wild about Watercolor Prize Awards, 4pm Zoom gathering. Matt Brown will be announcing “viewer choice” winners in several categories and awarding prizes for the watercolor paintings submitted by dozens of artists! Click the event link for Zoom connection details.
    Nugget Theater Popcorn Friday*. 4-6pm. Stop by and pick up a tub. Concessions now open!
  • Saturday (11/14):
    JAG Juke Joint at Home. A Benefit Virtual House Party with Performances & Caribbean Home Cooking. Food is sold out, but there are tickets available for the 7-9pm online performance.
  • Monday (11/16):
    Blood Drive*. 11am-4pm at Lyme Congregational Church. Reservations required for safety during the pandemic. Schedule online or call 1-800-RED CROSS.  
    Grab & Go Curbside Take Out Meals*, 12-12:30pm at the Upper Valley Senior Center in Lebanon. All Welcome. No age limit. $3 suggested cost per meal.

*NOTE: For any event that’s not online, please be prepared with a mask and clean hands or clean gloves.

Save the date:

  • Thanksgiving (11/26): Would you like help thinking through your Thanksgiving meal plans? Are you wondering about how to ensure a safe, small gathering? Would you like to help spread some love by sharing food, calling neighbors, or making deliveries? Contact us at 795-0603 or reply by email.
  • Saturday (12/5): ?Lyme Tree Festival. Planning is underway for this annual event, led by Pat Pippin and The Utility Club of Lyme. Contact Pat with your offers to help or questions. All profits to sponsor scholarships and other local civic needs.

We are here for you.
When you seek information, help, or ways to help others, contact us.

The Lyme Community Help Line:
call 795-0603 or email

Lyme Food Pantry or prepared meals. Deliveries or errands. Help around home. You name it.

Click here to check out the Lyme Events Calendar
Things are happening!