Stephanie Jarvis Campbell



A couple of grannies are taking life on the road with a mission to visit every single city and town in Massachusetts and most recently brought their travels to Worcester and Auburn.

Two Grannies on the Road in the Worcester Telegram

“Two Grannies on the Road”, Beth Sobiloff and Debbie Thelen stopped at Miss Worcester Diner during a visit to Worcester Feb. 24. Christine Peterson/Telegram & Gazette

The Two Grannies on the Road, Beth Sobiloff and Debbie Thelen, have brought the day trip to a whole new level — sporting their logo T-shirts, they sometimes hop in their car and take a ride to a new place; other times, they bring their husbands along in the RV. Wherever they go, though, they always return to their Plymouth residences with smiles and new memories, all the while eagerly planning their next trip.

Sobiloff and Thelen recently traveled to Auburn for Massachusetts Maple Weekend and visited Bruce Hopper of Pure BS Maple Shack to get a tour and see the process of how syrup is made. It wasn’t the first time they’ve come to Auburn, but for Thelen, seeing a sugar shack was definitely a new experience.

“I’ve never seen the process of maple sugaring before, and it reminds me of when I make caramel sauce, all that gooey, sugary goodness ready to eat with a spoon,” said Thelen, who owns D and D Candies. “Bruce has a great personality for showing everyone the process and having us sample from sap to dark amber syrup. It was thoroughly enjoyable as well as educational.”

Sobiloff said that even though she has been to several maple sugar shacks in the past, watching the process “never gets old. Many families came to the Pure BS Maple Sugar Shack for Maple Weekend in Massachusetts. I really enjoyed watching the children discover how something from a tree becomes a delicious treat.”

The Two Grannies formed about four years ago, when Sobiloff, who owns Birchwood Web Design, hadn’t taken a vacation for a while and was looking for a way “play and work at the same time,” she recalled. She realized she could design websites from anywhere and got together with another single friend, Ginny Just, a graphic designer who would eventually create the Grannies’ logo. The two started traveling, but their focus changed when Sobiloff discovered they could host a television show on their local access channel for free. They decided to interview baby boomers who had “reinvented themselves,” she said.