Where is the snow? I hope we have it before February vacation for all our ski areas and those who love it, like me. Yes, I am doing snow dances.
Remember that the last day to submit petitions for inclusion on the 2020 warrant is Tuesday, Feb. 4, no later than noon. The office of the selectmen is open Monday, 9 to 11 a.m. and Tuesday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. There will be a public hearing on the budget on Thursday, Feb. 6, at 6 p.m. at the town hall.
Watch it Wednesday Movie Nights have returned to the Palmer House Pub at the Inn at Crystal Lake in Eaton. This week’s film is the bio-pic on Elton John called “Rocketman.” The movie starts at 6:30 p.m. There is no admission or minimum food order required, but reservations are suggested. Call the inn at (603) 447-2120 for reservations. Then on Sunday, Feb. 9, if you’re interested in some of the other movies the inn will be showing, stop by the pub to watch the Oscars. This is something new, and since Tim always watches the Oscars anyway, he asks you to join him — both for all the pre-Oscar buzz and the Oscars themselves, which start at 8 p.m.
Valentine’s Day is also coming up on Friday, Feb. 14. It will be a busy night in both the pub and dining room at the Inn at Crystal Lake, so reservations are strongly encouraged. Both the regular pub and dining room menus will be available, and Bobby Barker is sure to whip up some other interesting specials for this most romantic night of the year.
The next opera dinner of 2020 at the Inn at Crystal Lake will be “In the Long, Bleak Winter” on Thursday, Feb. 27. Members of the New England ensemble, The Bostonians, return for a third time with a program of summer music to help us get through another long, New Hampshire winter. $65 per person includes a four-course dinner. Call the inn at (603) 447-2120 for reservations.
OK, now it is time for news from the Snowvillage Inn in Eaton: There will be a dine-to-donate for the Eaton Village Preservation Society on Wednesday, Feb. 19, including a 50/50 raffle as well as a few silent auction items. Those who love the Eaton Village Store are encouraged to come out to show support. Eaton Village Preservation Society has paid for a lot for our store and other projects in the village, so please help out.
The Snowvillage Inn will also be dishing up some wonderful specials for Valentine’s Day on Feb. 14, so it is time to reserve your place for this romantic night. In addition to that, they will be putting on a Leap Year special celebration on Saturday, Feb. 29, with live jazz, a “Great Gatsby”/Roaring ’20s theme with costumes optional, boozy drinks and menu specials (sounds very intriguing).
The ever-popular Jimmy Buffett Weekend, is back on Friday and Saturday, March 20 and 21. If you have not ever been to there special dinners, it is tons of fun with great food specials and almost everyone dresses up. It is right at that time you are tired of winter so you wear your boots and heavy coats, and change into Jimmy Buffett clothing. This has a Caribbean theme, fruity cocktails, so dress-up in Hawaiian shirts or skirts, put on sandals or flip flops and make a wild night of it. You get to “groove” to music, featuring the Mango Groove Steel Drum band.
If any of you are planning on attending the Alana MacDonald Band at the Stone Mountain Arts Center on Saturday, Feb. 29, I would bet you should get your tickets very soon. So many people in Eaton and the whole valley, know MacDonald from Devonsquare, whom we dearly miss. MacDonald was not done singing, so she’s back with a dynamite concert for leap year night. Add up all her friends and fans here and in Portland, Maine, and I really hope she sells this out. Call Stone Moutain this week. Way to go, Alana, we love you!
Eaton has had more than its share of sorrow in the last few months. In my last column, I mentioned my good friend, Bobby Haynes. This week, I will be talking about Charlie Sprague Jr., and in two weeks, I will be covering Dr. Stanley Dudrick.
How do I start with Charlie? I’ve known him for many years and I can assure you, he was definitely the life of the party wherever he was! Always smiling and laughing, he would light up a room by just walking in. You were never sure where he called “home,” because he lived all over the world, making friends wherever he went and these great friends never left him.
His daughter, great friend Stacey Sprague, and her two children, Dylan and Isabel Clancy, were especially dear to him, spending much time traveling and just hanging out with him, and were proud of his many charitable contributions, a lot in this valley. Charlie loved having breakfast or lunch at the Eaton Village Store when he was in town, and he used to sit at the counter and joke and kid with anyone about everything.
There will be a celebration of life in August where the family will be celebrating Charlie and wishing Juan Sprague a very happy birthday in Heaven. All my love and deep condolences go out to Stacey, Dylan, Isabel, Mie, Louise, and to his legion of friends everywhere. RIP dear, dear man.
Nancy E. Williams can be contacted at (603) 447-5635.