A memorial service honoring Carol Brearley, who died May 26, 2013, will be held on Sunday, Oct. 27, at 2 p.m. at the Bethel United Methodist Church. Carol was a longtime resident of Bethel, but before her death had relocated to Lyme, N.H., to be near her family during her illness. She moved to Bethel in 1993, and she and her ex-husband, Gary Brearley, established the Briar Lea Inn and Restaurant. Carol was a passionate poet, an avid reader, and she brought an artistic flair and touch of beauty to every project in which we she participated. Her memorial service will be followed by a reception.
There are still plenty of brilliant fall colors to see. On Sunday, I participated in the 14th Annual Waterford Fall Foliage Road Race, which benefits the Tony Waldeier Scholarship Fund. One hundred sixty-six people finished the 5K race, along with dozens of children participating in the one-mile Fun Run. The chili cook-off contest, also benefitting the scholarship fund, was held the same day. There were 23 chili contestants this year and the winner for the second year in a row was Amy Sawyer. The race course runs along the lake and up Sweden Road where the leaves were brilliant reds and oranges. Some of the oak trees are peaking right now and the sumacs are still in the process of changing color and have stripes of green, orange, and red leaves. After the race, I drove the loop around Songo Pond and Vernon Street to catch the colors around Bethel.
This was the last week for the Bethel Farmer’s Market, but the farm stands are still filled with vegetables and fruit, including potatoes, apples, and pumpkins. Try buying some of the pie pumpkins (also called sweet or sugar pumpkins) and using them for something other than pies. They are delicious baked, roasted, grilled, steamed, or made into soup spiced with anything from nutmeg to curry.
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