CCL Weekly Update – 12/12/2020

Jingle … All The Way!!

Since we can’t Jingle & Mingle, we’re doubling down on the Jingling, spreading love, light, and some sweet sounds throughout our community … and feeling the joy and virtual hugs from so many of you.

We’ve got a lot to share today, and you’ll be hearing from us more than usual over the next several weeks. Before we dive into specifics, please remember: We are here for you, for yours, for everyone … always. If you know of someone who could use a little love — or if you are wishing you could do more to share some cheer with others — please contact us. Would you like to bake? … to deliver little gifts? … to help sparkle up someone’s home? … to share some good cheer with neighbors? And knowing that dozens — maybe hundreds — of neighbors would be delighted to help, will you let us know how you might light up their hearts by receiving their gifts? Reply to this message, email, or call 603-795-0603, any time. 

Here we go …

CommunityCare of Lyme has new team members! We are delighted to welcome Debbie Whitaker as Manager of Outreach, expanding our ability to involve volunteers and to make the most helpful connections to opportunities and services. Debbie, a longtime Piermont neighbor, brings lots of enthusiasm, love, and experience, including several years as a senior center director. She hit the ground running on Monday, and she looks forward to meeting you. More introductions coming soon!

Jingle All The Way! Virtual Variety Show — it’s our big event of the season, showing on December 23rd at 7pm, and available to watch afterwards. Super-producer Thomas Chapin, music teacher at the Lyme school, is helping us create the show, with music and other fun contributions by Lyme community members. The show will stream on December 23rd at 7pm and be available to watch later. Will you contribute something for the show? Music, a poem, simple greeting, art, dance, photos … you name it! We’d especially like YOU to be part of the virtual community choir singing Silent Night. Just send Thomas (Mr. Chapin) an audio or video recording or images at by Friday, December 18th. Instructions and more information at

Our Hour, by Zoom! On Tuesday, December 15th at 10am, we’ll be gathering online (or by phone) using the Zoom platform. If you’d like to join, reply to this message or call us at 795-0603, and we’ll send you the Zoom information. If you’d like to join this or other virtual gatherings, but you’re not comfortable with the technology, we’re always happy to help. There are also the tech coaches offered through the Aging Resource Center. Conveniently, there is a Zoom basics practice session right before Our Hour this week! ARC programs are free. You just need to register.

Kids Gift Shop online. This year, the PTO is suggesting that you consider the virtual Lyme School Rummage Sale to donate items and to find kid-affordable Christmas gifts for friends and family.

The Lyme School Giving Tree is virtual this year, sponsored by the PTO. They’ve gathered wish lists from families, Lyme School staff, the Library and CommunityCare of Lyme. Click here to see the wish lists and learn how to do some giving. We thank you in advance! 

WOW, the Tree Festival! The vision, handiwork, and outreach of The Utility Club of Lyme continues to grace the Common, and now the homes, porches, and yards of many neighbors. Such beautiful trees! There are still trees to share, by asking at the Lyme Country Store. Santa also brought lots of presents for all ages, and there are still many to share. Contact CCL to take your pick or pass some along to others.

Thanks, Judy, for including us in your latest “Junket”. Two weeks into Judy Russell’s new warm and informative, Zoom “talk show”, “Junket with Judy” we are all in. It’s a lovely way to see neighbors, share ideas and memories, learn a thing or two, and hear some lovely music. Most Thursdays at 7pm. See more details on the Converse Free library Website.

Take a look at the Lyme Events Calendar (with frequent additions and occasional edits), and watch the Listserv for more events and opportunities to help.  This week, we’ve left off the “Don’t Miss” list, and you can review the full list of the week’s events to choose your favorites. We don’t want you to miss anything you would enjoy! Let us know what you think.

Let your light shine, friends. And feel the new light so many are finding and sharing. It’s different, but we can sure tell it’s the season.

With Love,  Patty & Martha

Patty Jenks

Martha Tecca

603-795-0603 (CCL office)

Don’t forget: 

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. Are you challenged this year to make your traditional holiday meal? We would like to help with the “roast beast” (or whatever makes your season special.) Call us or email

Know the Aging Resource Center (even if you don’t consider yourself to be “aging”).

Dartmouth’s Aging Resource Center has all kinds of virtual programming, with intergenerational appeal: Singing, exercise, balance improvement, end-of-life care, Medicare enrollment basics, Zoom training, and much more. We often include a smattering of ARC offerings in the Lyme Events Calendar. We’re encouraging you to take a look at the ARC website and check out the full, rich set of offerings, including Zoom practice sessions and other tech coaching. Get ready for virtual connections with friends and loved ones that will make this season more special.

Coming up this week: 

Please be extra-careful about keeping yourself and others safe and healthy. Wear an appropriate mouth and nose 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.

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!