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Cookies and Community

Wednesday, February 9th, 2011




Back in December I told you about Amy’s holiday cookie baking for a local food pantry. Well that idea exploded at the neighborhood New Year’s Eve Fiesta and our neighbor, Michelle, took the idea and ran with it! Now a new group, Just BEcause, has formed and they held a Valentine’s Day Cookie Swap with a Twist. Michelle explains the concept wonderfully in her blog, but basically Michelle and Amy got together to plan with another neighbor, Kate. They invited a bunch of neighbors to bring 50-60 cookies to our house where they bagged them up in cute holiday bags with pretty twine and specially made tags (thanks Michelle!). Of course, we served a special Valentine’s Day cocktails and had appetizers to complete the afternoon. Everyone had a great time and they took some time to brainstorm future projects. It is a neighbors looking out for neighbors concept – something that is sometimes lacking these days but not here in Bath! My contribution – well of course I cleaned up all the crumbs left on the floor after everyone left!...

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Family Traditions

Tuesday, December 21st, 2010


Mark, Amy and I are far away from family (it is a 11 hour drive) but they like to keep the family traditions alive especially at the holidays. Just the other night they went into downtown Bath for open house night and looked at all the wonderful lights and decorated shop windows then out for pizza at The Cabin. When Amy was a little girl, her whole family would go look at the store windows in downtown Erie, PA and then for pizza at Luigi’s. This year they created a Maine version of that family tradition. Another yearly event is how Amy, Mark and I spend Christmas Day. Even when we lived in PA, Christmas Day was for the 3 of us. We stay in our pajamas all day (if guests are here they do dress to serve breakfast and then get back in the pj’s for the rest of the day) and watch old holiday movies. Christmas dinner is always special (lamb this year!) and they always make sure I get a little. The one big tradition that Amy learned when she was just a little tyke is giving back during the holiday season. Whether it is sponsoring a family in need with gifts for Christmas morning (something her family back in PA still does every year), dropping toys in Santa’s bag in Bath or, this year, baking cookies to bag up and distribute at a local food pantry, it brings them such joy to give to others. Now I just need to think of another way to give back besides barking a Merry Christmas at everyone who walks by the house!...

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Afternoon tea is served

Wednesday, June 2nd, 2010


At our B&B we try to do everything possible to make our guests feel welcomed and relaxed. Everyday at 4;30 p.m., tea is served for the guests. When the weather is warm and sunny, tea is served on the patio. Guests can relax on the comfy furniture and soak up the sun and the beauty of the gardens. Hot tea is served with a variety of ever changing goodies – maybe brownies today and Mexican wedding cookies or fresh herb scones and jam, local cheese with fresh fruit – whatever strikes Amy’s fancy. If tea is not your thing, she will gladly get you a glass of lemonade or maybe a complimentary glass of wine to go with that local cheese. Most people do not take the time to stop, relax and treat themselves, but at the Benjamin F. Packard House we believe they should. So come for a stay and spoil yourself a little – you will be glad you did!...

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