The Lehrer Report: Nov. 26, 2021

Monday, November 29, 2021

Hanukkah greetings to all our Jewish friends and neighbors.


It’s time for the annual Merry Maple celebration that will be held Friday, Dec. 3 at 4 p.m. in front of Town Hall. The event includes a performance by the Regional Middle School chorus, wagon rides, the UMass Marching Band and Santa. In addition, the Fire Station will hold an open house. It’s free. The event is sponsored by the Amherst Area Chamber of Commerce and the Business Improvement District.

The following day, Dec. 4, is shop local in Amherst with merchants offering discounts. Please take advantage of the opportunity to save money and help our business community.


While you are downtown, stop in at the annual St. Nicholas Bazaar held at the Grace Episcopal Church, right on the Common.

Joan O’Brien sent me an email saying it will be held from 9 a.m to 3 p.m. with antiques, art, books, silk scarves, jewelry, baked goods and wreaths. The bazaar uses all the spaces in the buildings for the event.


Manure has been spread on my three raised beds. Outdoor gardening, except for leaf raking, is done for the season. The Thanksgiving cactus has three buds that have bloomed and three more to come, right on time.


I had the highest score in the weekly cribbage game we play on Fridays at the Bangs Center beginning at 9 a.m. As a result I took home the Braggin’ Right Cribbage Board made by woodworker Rick Roy of Greenfield. I get to keep it for a week and pass it on to the next winner. If you would like to play, join us Dec 3. We don’t play the day after Thanksgiving because the Bangs Center is closed. It’s free, masks are required.

It’s been a long time since I did so well. We have some good players. One player won it three weeks in a row.


Send items for the Lehrer Report to phyllehrer@gmail.com.