Happy Thursday to you! For many of you today was met with mixed emotions as your little ones began a new school year. Watching them walk away my heart strings grow taunt. It is a struggle to loosen those tightly tied tethers that we, as parents, hold. Stepping ever close to their own sense of freedom and independence, they crossed over the threshold into school and into the trusted care and tutelage of someone else. This day is a powerful rung in the ladder of life but I can’t help but resist the climb. Don’t you want to just pull them back and make them stay little and completely dependent forever?
Perhaps your little ones are all grown now, off and married with lives of their own. In Newry this weekend there were two such instances of new bonds and lives begun. Mr. & Mrs. Michael and Brittany Fields' ceremony was held on the front lawn on the Twitchell Brook Farm and all in attendance were relieved that the weather held clear until after the ceremony. The bride was radiant, Brittany looked as if she could have stepped out of a page in Vogue alongside Norma Jean and Marilyn. Numerous bridesmaids flowing purple, adorned with lilies trailed down the isle behind the groom and his entourage of men in black. Stinka, the four-legged daughter of the bride and groom, all two pounds of her, was escorted down the isle by the maid of honor. Gus, tail-wagging and bow tied, was present to assist with seating. The happy couple are vacationing in Hawaii.
Kevin Johnson and Eden Bartholomew were also joined in matrimony Saturday. They were married at the Bartholomew’s up in the upper end of the valley. Father and mother of the bride worked diligently to create an Eden in which their Eden became, not just daughter, but wife. The atmosphere held an air of mystique as the soft sunlight filtered in through the canopy of trees and splashed upon the lush mossy grass below. The bride was escorted to an arbor of flowering vines and berries by her father, met by the maid of honor, best man and the groom. Eden and Kevin shared their pledges of love for each other surrounded by family and friends, each silently offering up their love and support for the new couple.
Congratulations and best wishes to the Fields and the Johnsons as they embark on a new journey and a lifetime of love and happiness!
Norman and Eleanor Davis are pleased to invite the entire town of Newry to their house on Crystal Drive this Sunday, Aug. 29. They are hosting their annual Community Potluck Picnic and would simply love for you to attend. Lunch starts at 1 p.m. with hot dogs, burgers, drinks and of course his wonderful corn provided. Bring a salad or dessert to share! Norman started annual picnics some 10 or 15 years ago in the attempt to bring the community closer together. As more and more people move into the area it became abundantly clear that we often don’t even know our own neighbors. So, it is the purpose and desire that everyone please attend, regardless of how long you’ve called Newry your home, throw together your favorite dish and plan on a good time. Remember, this Sunday at 1; hope to see you there! Of course if you are unable to attend this year, Norman’s picnic is always the last Sunday in August (so that the corn will be ready, don’t you know!).
News from the Bear River Trading Post is along the liquid sort. They have an impressive wine collection with an ever widening selection. Surely something to pair with any meal. BRTP has also just received a new shipment of this spring’s syrup from Pat Moore and Leslie Robertson, makers of Bear River Maple Syrup. Their amber grade is a delight on the taste buds. In addition to the wine and syrup, BRTP is still carrying raw cow’s milk, courteously of Lone Mountain Farm in Andover -- same cows, new location.
And here you’re got it, all the news that is news, that’s fit to print -- until next week. Contact me- email@example.com or the good ole-fashioned way at 824-0836