The Basket Lady
In our town, Rumford’s been blessed by the good folks at 49 Franklin Street who’ve contributed their talents as well as affordable entertainment held in an environment friendly and handicapped accessible building; jam- packed with local performers with their own panache that audiences eat up.
Scot and Cindy Grassette dreamed of bringing something new and vibrant to Rumford and their hard work has paid off substantially-especially if you were one of the lucky ones sitting in the Mystic Theatre laughing away your troubles to the sold out, “ It’s Friday Night Live, in Rumford!” Basket Lady never laughed so much! Lisa Picard and Duane Glover were with the original wingnuts troupe at one time and both of them are made for the stage. The whole cast was phenomenal and so was Dennis More, the musical guest.
Basket lady can just picture that crew doing a spin-off of Hee-Haw, country humor has a flavor all its own especially if that flavor is grits! Perhaps, someone would have the basket lady dress up as Minnie Pearl and wear a hat with the price tag still on it, as grits myself, (girl raised in the South); I’m familiar with Southern twang. Thank you, Grassette family for showing us that with faith and hard work, dreams do come true.
Basket Lady trusts that all of the awesome dads in the River Valley had a very “Happy Father’s Day.” We spent our afternoon with an awesome friend and father, Norman Robichaud and even though we didn’t break bread with Norman, we broke in to a delectable piece of Joann’s pineapple cake and that lady sure can bake. Yum-o!
Basket Lady’s grateful to Laurie Xanthos for the recent invitation to be a guest speaker at the Gregory Inn’s-The Divine Spiritualist Healing Center, in Dixfield. When Laurie asked if I could speak for 10 minutes about Dot Sanchas, I just laughed because 10 minutes is merely a warm up for me. It felt wonderful sharing a couple of stories about the hush-hush good deeds that Dot orchestrated and as her side-kick, doubled as her “secret agent.”
Laurie knew Dot very well and she’s friends with Margaret McNeal, Free Shop manager. The kind folks at The Divine Spiritualist Healing Center wanted to know how they could support a current basket lady project and I made a request for diaper donations for the Sheltering Wing, and as life’s- circle would have it, turns out Laurie knows Brenda Swan and the late Naomi Farrar as they went to the same college together. Laurie’s kind folks are going to donate a basket of diapers to the Sheltering Wing (located at the former Peru Elementary School).
Basket Lady enjoys speaking to groups about her friendship with Dot Sanchas as well as how the Basket Lady came to be. Don’t hesitate to contact me if you’d like for me to come to your group/church.
Thank you friends for all of your support and remember: kindness not only counts but it adds up!
We miss your kindness every day, Dot Sanchas!
Until then, smile and live in the present.