Published DateGILFORD - Gilford's enormously popular Candlelight Stroll, held last December as part of the town's bicentennial celebration, will be returning this year to Gilford Village on December 14, 2013, from 5-7 p.m.
Bill and Sally Bickford, co-chairs of Gilford's Bicentennial Committee, have agreed to return as leaders of the newly-formed Candlelight Stroll Committee. After the event was held last year, the Bickfords received high praise and accolades for the work they, Dee Chitty, and their fellow committee members did to ensure that the Candlelight Stroll was a spectacular finish to Gilford's celebration of its 200th anniversary.
Hundreds attended the event last year in Gilford Village, which offered numerous events at the library, the community church, and all three of Thompson-Ames Historical Society's historic buildings. Residents in the village richly decorated their homes for the holiday season, and a number of them opened their homes to the public.
The Candlelight Stroll Committee, consisting of the Bickfords, Dee Chitty, Carol Anderson, and Gilford historical society members, Kathy Lacroix and Diane Mitton, met recently to set the date and the time for this year's stroll. Also decided upon was this year's theme, "A Country Candlelight Stroll".
"We received so many compliments from our customers about Gilford's bicentennial celebration and especially about the Candlelight Stroll," said Sally Bickford. The Bickfords own and operate Kitchen Cravings, a family-style restaurant located on Route 11 in Gilford.
"The bicentennial was a lot of work for us, and we thought we were done last year," laughed Bill, "But, there were too many requests for the committee to run the event again this year - so Sally and I rounded up the people who said they would help if we held the stroll."
The stroll will be a fund raising event for Gilford's Thompson-Ames Historical Society, an all-volunteer, non-profit organization that works to preserve the town's history as well as the Union Meetinghouse, Mt. Belknap Grange, and the Benjamin Rowe House, all located in Gilford Village.
Volunteers, as well as additional musicians and vocalists are needed to help on the day of the stroll. For more information about this event or to volunteer, please contact Bill or Sally Bickford at 528-0001.