CCL Weekly Update – 7/22/2021

A little magic.

Thursday morning, free of the grumpy clouds that greeted us the past few days, I was thinking about Wednesday evening’s Community Potluck on the Common. An effort to welcome new neighbors after a long year and a half of Covid induced solitude, it was thrilling to see the number of people who joined to meet and greet and share a meal together. Friends, new and old, chatted and enjoyed amazing offerings of creative, delicious food.

From my vantage point, being old and a long-time Lyme person, it was easy and fun to remember the years when “The Fair” came to town! The happy chatter and laughter of the shared meal was reminiscent of those fair days, when everyone came together to enjoy each other and our space. As a kid in those days, it was magic.

Wednesday night was its own magic. The magic of many hands making light work, and the magic of a wonderful meal built with love. It’s important to recognize the many efforts that helped make this gathering such a great success. Click here to read the full story and see pictures from the potluck.

Additionally, we want to remember and thank the many people who responded to the various and significant damages to properties and roads as the result of the Tuesday night storm.

With sincere thanks to everyone who, in one way or another, makes our life in Lyme such a special one.

Love,  Patty

603-795-0603 (CCL office)

News and Notes: 

Covid Vaccination Pop-up Clinic in Orford – FREE. All Welcome.

On Tuesday, July 27th, you can walk in and receive your choice of Moderna, Pfizer, or Johnson & Johnson vaccine at the Orford Congregational Church, noon-3pm. Please bring an ID with name and Date of Birth. Sponsored by the Upper Valley Public Health Network, in partnership with Orford Cares.

Celebrating this month …

Parks and Recreation Month – experiencing beautiful, bountiful parks, together. If you love to explore local or national parks and have stories or photos to share, please email Have tips and tricks for making the most of your park trip? We’d love to hear from you too! 

Blueberries! They’re ready for picking at Super Acres (More than 1,000 bushes planted in 1986, all natural, nothing but sun and rain. Self-Serve, pick-your-own, open every day, all day. 722 River Road, Lyme, just south of the covered bridge. 603-353-9807) and at Cedar Circle Farm (The patch is 1/2 mile south of the farmstand, on Pavillion Road in Thetford. Park at “Sunny Fields Berry Farm” 802-785-4737)

Weekly health and well-being tips, resources, and recipes …

Monday’s Menu. Click here to read this week’s recipe, Tomato Basil Soup, from Anna Pippin, MSHN. Anna says, “Not only are tomatoes gorgeous and tasty – they are also known as an antioxidant powerhouse and are an excellent source of lycopene, Vitamin C & Vitamin A, potassium, and folate. I love going to the local farm stand and getting fresh tomatoes or using my own garden fresh tomatoes, as well as basil from our little backyard herb garden. Nothing means summer like fresh, wholesome, homemade tomato basil soup. Click here to see all the Monday’s Menu recipes.

Wellness Wednesday. Click here for this week’s post, “Your Eyes: Living in a Blue World”. This week Ran He, OD, MS, FAAO, Optometrist at White River Family Eyecare, answers common questions about the effects of blue light on our eyes, and how to best care for our eyes when staring at screens throughout the day. See all the Wellness Wednesday posts here

If you have a wellness tip or a healthful recipe you would like to share, please contact

Those Guys Tent Rentals!

Those Guys are renting their tents for this outdoor season. As always, funds raised through this effort are distributed to community organizations. This post includes all the details. We are extremely grateful for Those Guys’ support for Wednesday evening’s potluck. What a crew! Click here for the story and photos that show how a tent can help bring people together.

We are here. Every day. 603-795-0603 or

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  You’ll reach a friendly voice, a little (or a lot of) help, and creative, safe ways to be involved. 

We partner with organizations and generous volunteers to connect you with just the right resources and opportunities to get involved, in Lyme and in nearby communities: Vaccination support. Trusted “handy” helpers for small jobs (reasonable rates or at no cost). Volunteers for deliveries, errands, technology support, and more. Food. Jenks Fund help with special “little things” to ease your mind or lift the spirits. You name it. And you can join in, in so many ways.

Coming up: 

There is a LOT going on out there! Check out the Lyme Events Calendar (a selection of events from lots of calendars), the Valley News Calendar (especially for all kinds of arts in the area, but lots more), Lyme organizations (see several links at the end of this message) or the Aging Resource Center for ideas. 

Lyme is happening!

We are pleased to pass on news shared by Lyme organizations about their summer plans. Call for details …

  • Those Guys. Monthly first Wednesday in-person meetings, now at Stella’s.
  • Crossroads Academy. Weekly summer programs. New topics each week. Remember that the Pearl Dimick Fund offers summer camp scholarships. The CCL Jenks Fund can also help.

This week, don’t miss:

  • Tuesday (7/27) at 1pm: Lyme Food Pantry Fresh Produce and Staples Pick-up or Delivery at Lyme Congregational Church. Farmers market style fresh produce from Willing Hands, Pete & Gerry’s Eggs, and local bakers. All who ask can receive a box of non-perishable items. Gift cards for other groceries and prepared meals are also available. Boxes of food may be ordered ahead, and if we’re asked for something special we’ll do our best to make it available. There is plenty. Contact us at 795-0603 or

Save the Date:

Check out the Lyme Events Calendar for a full listing of upcoming events selected for Lyme and neighboring communities.

Calendar information is gathered from multiple sources, including:

Lyme and other local listservs
Lyme Library Calendar
Lyme Community and Church Newsletter
Lyme School Events Listing
Town of Lyme Website
Daybreak Upper Valley daily newsletter Click to subscribe
Valley News online calendar

Dartmouth-Hitchcock Aging Resource Center

Please share any additions or edits to calendar items, so that we can include them in the online calendar.

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

Connection to resources you need now to stay active, involved, and well.
Lyme Food Pantry or prepared meals. Deliveries or errands. Help around home.
You name it.