A very special destination halfway between the White Mountains and the Maine Coast
Our Love Affair With The Maple Tree is the story of High Acres Maple Syrup: how it began, how it evolved and how we do it today. It is full of color photographs explaining each step and each enhancement that has been made to the 2000-tap operation.
Lulu Publications, 2011 48 pages, 6" X 9" format, full color
ISBN 978-1-105-04550 Paperback (perfect bound) $19.95
“Wentworth By The Sea, 1969 - A Novel” This is a time capsule about life as a waitress in one of the last of the Grand Hotels. It includes local legends, interesting characters, and commentary on what it was like to live through 1969 (First Man on The Moon, Chappaquidick, Woodstock and a visit and royal ball for Prince Charles the brand new Duke of Wales).
“Nepal: Three Weeks of Cultural and Shamanic Immersion, April 2006” This is a diary-style record of the twenty-four days I spent in Nepal and the shamanic training I received while I was there as well as that which led up to the trip. While we were there anti-monarchy demonstrations broke out as the tiny Himilayan country teetered on the brink of a revolution. This 204 page volume includes a collection of black and white photographs to enhance the reader's understanding of the trip.
Lulu Publications, 2006. 204 pages. 6" x 9" format.
ISBN 978-0-6151-3559-5 Paperback (perfect bound) $21.00 To Order
"Confessions of the Classmate Who Never Was, Northfield School for Girls Class of 1964" When I was sixteen, I spent the summer working at the Northfield Summer Conferences which were held on the campus of Northfield School for Girls. I fell in love with the place, the people and the enchanting Northfield Chateau. Unable to persuade my parents to send me to the boarding school, I settled for dreaming about the place. As an adult I began giving money to the annual alumnae drive and one year a flustered secretary phoned me asking what class I had been affiliated with. Why 1964, of course! After that I was invited to reunions and my "news" appeared in the alumnae publication. In 2004 came the announcement that the Northfield campus was closing. That was the spark that prompted me to return for "my" 40th Reunion. This is that story. For people who loved the now-long-gone Chat there are pictures and even floor plans.
Lulu Publications, 2006. 80 pages, 6" x 9" format. Paperback $9.22 To Order Hardbound $31.50 To Order ISBN 978-1-4357-2358-0
This book is dedicated to Kathy Miller Smith who was my make-believe roommate and became one of my dear friends...part of the inner circle of women I hold most dear. Kathy died January 10, 2007.
"High Acres Maple Syrup Cookbook"
Pancakes are not the only way to enjoy maple syrup. This volume contains 220 recipes from breakfast ideas, to entrees, breads, candy and desserts. Sue's famous Maple Syrup Apple Pie is included as well as Art's Shipwreck Sundae. Having used and written cookbooks in the past, we know that a cookbook is only as good as its index and for that reason we have included an extensive index to help you find the perfect recipe.
Lulu Publications, 2007. 144 pages, 6" x 9" format. Spiral Bound paperback $12.46 To Order
Paperback (perfect bound) ISBN 978-0-6151-4506-8 $10.95 To Order
"Radiation Buddies"Archie and Sue had been fast friends since high school, weathering college, job searches, relationships, marriages and divorces together.In 2006 they faced their greatest challenge when each one was diagnosed with cancer.After surgery they both were told that the next step would be radiation therapy.By sheer coincidence, the long-time friends were scheduled to undergo the grueling two-month “standard of care” treatment at the same time.Their daily emails describe the ups and downs and the encouragement they offered one another. There are good days and bad days, instructional material and humorous anecdotes. Sue’s journal gives a concise description of her fight with breast cancer.This is a must-read for anyone approaching or going through radiation. Every story will be different, but the attitude held by these two is inspirational. This book is about cancer, the process, the medical community, friendship, but most of all, it is about survival.
Lulu Publications, 2007. 120 pages, 6" x 9" format. Paperback $17.95 To Order ISBN 978-1-4357-2557-7 Download $3.02 To Order
"If You Can't Have Lemonade" A children's book telling the story of a young boy who is inspired to have a lemonade stand. His plans are thwarted by lack of lemons, but that doesn't stop him. In the boys own words he tells how he and his mother overcame their obstacle and created something different...maybe even better. It is a tale of a fledgling entrepreneur.
Sallie (Harding) Saunders and her husband, Stacy Saunders, were pioneers in so many ways, and those of us descended from them deserve to hear the full story. This volume is the condensation of a century of letters, journals, photographic records, genealogical charts and personal memories. Sallie and Stacy eloped in 1909 when she was 19 and he was 21. The life they created for themselves from that time forward is the story presented here. As newlyweds they taught school in Puerto Rico for a year, carefully documenting their stay in photographs for their families in Massachusetts and Washington State. Some of those photographs are included here. Sallie became a medical doctor, eventually becoming the Director of Maternal and Child Care in Massachusetts. She was responsible for innovations and legislation designed to provide care for premature infants and better care for both mothers and babies in hospitals across the state. Stacy lost his eyesight as a young man, and even with this challenge, graduated from law school and began working on cases for Harvard University. After seventeen years of being blind, a miraculous surgery restored his eyesight. The history of Sallie and Stacy and their families intertwines with the history of the towns of West Medway, Hopedale and Winthrop, Massachusetts. The reader will find personalized accounts of hurricanes and blizzards that buffeted the New England coast; notations about Winthrop’s narrow gauge railroad; descriptions of the boat building business their son-in-law and grandson became involved with; and remembrances of the 1960 Electra plane crash right in front of their house. The reader will meet the extended families of Sallie and Stacy, trace the family tree and follow their daughters and grandchildren as they grow. The special places they called home over the years are described in words and photos…all of which is The Story of Sallie and Stacy Saunders.
Lulu Publications, 2007. 288 pages, 6" x 9" format.
"The Night We Broke Into The Northfield Chateau" Written and Illustrated By Sue Chapman Melanson
The Northfield Chateau was a landmark in western Massachusetts from the time it was built in 1903 until it was demolished in 1963. A year before the magnificent structure met the wrecking ball the author and several friends spent an unsanctioned evening exploring the 125-room summer home of the Schell family of New York. The memories and images of that evening were captured on a primitive Brownie camera. The photographs and negatives became dog-eared and faded over the years until Sue Melanson resurrected them through her watercolor paintings. Along with her detailed artwork, she has included vivid descriptions of the Chateau as well as background information about its owners and their lifestyle, and even floor plans for the reader to enjoy.
"THE CHAPMAN FAMILY CHRISTMAS SONG BOOK" This is a compiled collection of the words to 69 Christmas songs that were near and dear to the hearts of the Chapman family as they grew up. It is perfect for any family who wants to carol sing. 28 pages, 8-1/2" X 11" format Lulu publications, 2008 Black and white interior, color cover Saddlestitched Paperback $6.61 To Order Download $1.00 To Order
"Camp Yo Aunta Alumni Song Book"
A compilation of the words to 107 favorite camp songs ranging from hymns to tongue twisters to rounds to traditional favorites. Even the dance steps to the Salty Dog Rag are included here in.
Lulu Publications, 2007. 28 pages. 8-1/2" x 11" format. Paperback (saddle-stitch) $9.11 To Order Download $2.50 To Order
This project was inspired by conversations with former campers at a Yahoo group started by Al Clogston in December, 2005. To reach that group CLICK HERE.
Thoughts from Sue Melanson
We are all characters in our own life stories, of which we are, almost unknowingly, the authors. Children dwell in stories and offer them up unhesitatingly in detail that can be overwhelming. One of the challenges authors face is the fact that every reader/listener brings to the story their own set of experiences and perspectives thereby changing the receptors every time the story is heard or read. No one person will ever hear or read the story in exactly the way the author wrote it. The content of each book depends upon the listener or the reader.