December 2013

The December issue of Plymouth Magazine features a guide for hosting your own festive fondue holiday party. We also profile local teen Graham Maas, who is busy training for a youth modern pentathlon. We've also put together a guide for last-minute holiday gifts and tips for finding the perfect present for your furry friend. You'll also learn about some of Plymouth's dedicated volunteers, how to build a home away from home, and a local program that's helping to make holiday memories for hospital patients.

The community gathered to support Plymouth Civic League on October 3, the nonprofit volunteer organization responsible for bringing Music in Plymouth each summer. The wine tasting cocktail hour featured selections from Haskell's.


When you’ve only been taking photos for about five years, you should feel a slight sense of accomplishment after being named a frequent award-winner in the Picture Plymouth photo contest.


Putting together a meal during the holidays can be a time-consuming hassle. Gina Maria’s pizza understands how hectic this time of year is, so the local chain accommodates all needs. “We cook for the customer,” co-owner Steven Olson says.


December is all about giving, which makes it a great time to consider a gift to a local charity. We’ve picked five local 501(c)3 charities that are doing great things in Plymouth.

A sunny classic; red snapper dish.

off the busy 42nd Avenue N. in New Hope once stood a restaurant, the history of
which meant almost as much to the area as the incorporation of the city itself.
For 37 years, The Sunshine Factory has been a neighborhood hangout and dining mecca,


Situation: While living in Boston, Cindy Phillips and Michael Olson were ready to build the home they would live in following retirement—right here in Plymouth.

Problem: The lot they selected, on Medicine Lake near their son and his family, was 1,400 miles away.


I walk into Plymouth Lund’s with trepidation. I’m not here for groceries—I’m here for Laughter Yoga. I don’t know what that means exactly.


Whenever people travel more, the risk of a bedbug infestation increases.  “Bedbugs spread a lot during the holidays,” Adam’s Pest Control operations director Chris Garcia says.


While helping their four daughters choose the right colleges, John and Darsi Beasley identified a problem. “It’s hard to know what you want to do,” explains Darsi Beasley, “and colleges are so expensive that there isn’t much room for error” when choosing a major.


For most, the holidays are a time for family togetherness and making happy memories.  However, every year many hospice patients are isolated from their families, making what could be their last holiday season a lonely time. 


While you’re rushing to get your shopping done this season, don’t forget the animal in your family needs a gift, too. Each of the fun ideas on this list can be found right here in Plymouth, and are guaranteed to give your furry friend a very happy holiday.


Graham Maas is a young man on the move. On a nearly daily basis, the 13-year-old Plymouth boy does some combination of fencing, swimming, running and shooting pistols. On most Sundays, he does them all in an eight-hour session.


Sometimes the best foods are a little messy. Eating lobster usually means sporting a fashionable plastic bib to avoid dirtying your shirt, and when it comes to ribs—well, you might as well keep a roll of paper towels nearby. But the mess is usually worth the reward.


The next time you’re enjoying a city park, attending a high school hockey game or networking at a community event, be sure to thank a volunteer.