GILFORD — All are invited to Gilford Village on Saturday, December 13th, from 5:00-7:00 pm for the third Candlelight Stroll. Hundreds of candles will light the street from the Library and along Belknap Mountain Road from the 1857 Grange to the 1838 Rowe House.
The road will be closed to traffic with plenty of free parking in the elementary school parking lot behind the Rowe House and in the Library, Youth Center/Church parking lots.
The Stroll is free and open to all. Relax and enjoy a stroll, enjoy listening to carolers, enjoy s'mores by a bonfire, enjoy the activities offered at the Library and at the three historical buildings, and enjoy a horse and wagon ride.
At the Library there will be line dancing and young people will have the opportunity to make a holiday ornament. The Library and the Rowe House, at each ends of the stroll, are where visitors may choose to take a horse and wagon ride.
The next stop could be either the Store or the Grange. The historical 1836 Village Store (which is still run as a store) will be offering refreshments.
Across the street, visit the 1857 Grange Building. In the kitchen you may enjoy a warm cookie. In the Store Area there are many items depicting its origins as the Morrill Store. There is also an old-fashioned printing press, come and learn how newspapers and pamphlets were printed. Visit the Homestead Room and see how a family could live in a one room home when they first settled in a new area before they built a larger home.
Stop at the 1834 Meetinghouse (once a church) to warm up, admire the tree and perhaps partake of a cup of hot mulled cider. There are many museum items to look at, such as quill pens and school slates, old dolls. There will be a choral group entertaining from 5:00-6:00 pm, and carolers shortly afterward.
Across the street at the Village Field there will be a big bonfire where you may make s'mores. Some homes along the way are participating, be surprised as you stroll.
Finish off the Stroll with a visit to the 1838 Rowe House and enjoy some hot mulled cider in the kitchen. Its four rooms are fully furnished as a farm house would have been, with an icebox, butter churns and molds, glass milk bottles, rope bed, fireplaces, soap stone to warm the bed, and many other items that may bring back memories of grandparents homes. Your young ones may be amazed at how families lived in the 1800's and even into the 1940's. They may even appreciate our modern life more fully
In the parlor from 5:00-6:00 pm. young visitors may enjoy making a candy cane ornament. From 6:00-7:00 pm enjoy listening to some holiday music as sung by one of our local artists.
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