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Lyme Utility Club Celebrates 100th Anniversary With Lunch

Sally Ramsden set the mood with music on an old Victrola on loan from the Lyme Historical Society.  Darlene Lehmann waits to introduce the speaker.
Nora Palmer Gould photograph

Sally Ramsden set the mood with music on an old Victrola on loan from the Lyme Historical Society. Darlene Lehmann waits to introduce the speaker. Nora Palmer Gould photograph

Lyme — The Lyme Utility Club recently celebrated its 100th anniversary with a luncheon and will also mark the event by making a quilt to be raffled off this fall.

The club meets monthly between September and May, and combines “doing good works and having interesting speakers,” said Nora Palmer Gould, a longtime member.

It sponsors scholarships for Lyme students and contributes to various programs and agencies, including Upper Valley Haven, WISE and Lifeline. The club also sponsors blood drives throughout the year. Its annual fundraisers include a Christmas cookie sale, a spring plant sale and the “Fine Art Fine Food” silent auction, which features juried work by Upper Valley artists.

As part of the club’s centennial celebration, members are making, as their predecessors did, an “autograph quilt” signed by club members. It will be raffled off at the auction, set for Sept. 20, from 6-9 p.m., in the restored Ramsden Barn on Breck Hill Road. Tickets, $35, include drink and hors d’oeuvres. A free preview will take place that day from 2-4 p.m.

For more information, call Gould at 603-795-2265.

— Staff report