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100413 Belknap Mill Quilters 36th Annual Harvest of Quilts Oct. 5 and 6 (330 w/2 col quilt festival) 2 col. photo


LACONIA — A year of preparation by a legion of Belknap Mill Quilters will culminate on Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 5 and 6, as the doors open to the guild's 36th annual Harvest of Quilts at the Conference Center at the Lake Opechee Inn, 42 Doris Ray Court.
More than 200 member quilts will be on display Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Guild President and Show Chairperson Ann Rampulla  says "This year's quilt show will have two featured quilters, June Pease and Margaret O'Brien. Their quilts are stunning," Rampulla said. "Also, our popular Harvest Cafe has a new and exciting lunch menu."
In keeping with the format of previous shows, there will be a special exhibit, the Hoffman Challenge this year, while American Quilters' Society Certified Quilt Appraiser Julie Crossland will be present on Saturday for those who with to bring in their quilts.
Twelve vendors are expected to be present, and a number of demonstrations of quilting skills will be ongoing through the show. A Special raffle drawing of a King Size Quilt made by guild members will be held Sunday at 3:30 p.m. One of the newer attractions, the boutique, will have hand made items such as table runners. afghans, holiday decorations, pocketbooks and book covers for sale.
Other attractions include door prizes and a penny sale, while coffee and muffins will be available. For those who wish to tarry, the Harvest Cafe will feature homemade soups, chowders and sandwiches.
Admission is $7 adult and $5 student to the air conditioned, wheelchair accessible center. There is free parking, with a shuttle bus available. Bus tours are welcome.
The annual show is the major fundraiser for the guild, which provides scholarships and supports charities of local communities.


A quilt made by Belknap Mill Quilters Guild members will be raffled off at 4 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 6, near the end of the 36th annual Harvest of Quilts. The winner need not be present for the drawing. (Courtesy photo)

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Annual CROP Walk in Franklin Sunday

FRANKLIN — The annual CROP Walk for Hunger sponsored by the Church World Service will take place on Sunday, October 6 at the Franklin Falls Dam on New Hampton Road in Franklin. Registration will begin near the front gate at 1:15 p.m. The walk will officially begin at 2 p.m.

CROP which stands for Communities Responding to Overcome Poverty and over 2,000 CROP walks are held annually throughout the United States. The Dam was chosen this year because it has a roadway on which no cars travel on Sundays, and the pavement allows strollers, wagons, and even wheelchairs to move smoothly.

The Dam also provides restrooms, a sheltered picnic area where refreshments will be served. To the Dam and back is 1.5 miles and walkers will be asked to do that twice if able.

Churches participating in the walk are the Sanbornton Congregational Church-UCC, Trinity Episcopal Church in Tilton, Tilton United Methodist Church, Franklin United Methodist Church, the Unitarian/Universalist Church of Franklin, the Franklin Baptist Church, and the Awakening Spirit Christian Church.

Walkers will designate where they wish 25 percent of their donations to go. The options for donations include the Twin Rivers Interfaith Food Pantry-Franklin/Tilton, the First Fruits Food Pantry in Sanbornton, or to be divided equally between them. The rest of the monies raised will be used in the United States or worldwide to feed the hungry and to have food available during natural disasters.

Volunteers are needed to help with registration or refreshments. Additional donations welcome. For further information contact Marilyn Ladew at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 934-5717.

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Genealogical workshop held Saturday by Mary Butler Chapter of DAR

GILFORD– A Genealogical Workshop sponsored by the Mary Butler Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution will be held on Saturday, October 5 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Gilford Public Library.

There is no charge and the workshop is open to prospective members and anyone interested in working on family lineage. Women interested in joining the DAR will find the assistance especially helpful. Leading the workshop will be Verne Greene, NHSODAR Lineage Research Chairman.

Those planning to attend should bring any helpful data concerning their ancestors. For more information, call 293-0429.


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Gilmanton Food Pantry Plans Sunday Walk

GILMANTON — The GCC Food Pantry Committee is sponsoring a Pantry Walk on Sunday, October 6 at 2 p.m. to help stock the shelves with much needed food and household items to assist those in need within our community.

Everyone is invited to join in this worthwhile endeavor. For more information contact Beth Lavin at 267-1934. With the approaching holiday season the pantry will have an increased need for food donations.

Food donations can be left in one of the collection boxes located at the Academy Building, the Gilmanton School or the Year Round Library or brought to the pantry during business hours. Checks can be mailed to us at PO Box 6, Gilmanton Iron Works, 03837.

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