GILMANTON — Bakers, knitters, rug makers, spinners and other craftsmen and women are preparing for the third annual Pies on the Common fundraiser on Oct. 8. being held by the Gilmanton Women's Club.
The all-day Saturday event on the common in front of the Academy Building raises money to help support the many services agencies, including the Gilmanton Food Bank, New Beginnings, the Gilmanton Youth Organization and local Girl Scout and Boy Scout troops.
Money raised from this event has also gone to individuals and families in need in town and including helping one family purchase a service dog for one of their children, said Judy Bakos, who is one of the organizers.
But the main attraction is homemade pie.
Bakos said one woman will be making green tomato and mincemeat pies, while another long-time member of the Gilmanton Women's Club is Treasurer Helen Schricker, who hails from Germany and who makes some of the best apple pies Bakos has ever eaten.
Professional pie baker Sandy Guarino will be contributing, as will former school nurse Betty Lines, she said.
"Last year, we had 84 pies and we sold out by noon," Bakos said. "This year we'll have 100 pies."
Other vendors will included handmade items like mittens, scarves, small quilts, rugs, cross-stitched pieces and jewelry. There will be a craft table selling many holiday decorative items. Still Seeking Farm will have some late produce and other local egg and maple syrup producers will be there with their goods.
According to Bakos, the Gilmanton Woman's Club formed in 1971 for the purpose of raising money to assist local people with unexpected or emergency needs. One of their larger annual projects is to provide warm clothing and Christmas presents to some of the less fortunate families in town.
Bakos said the organization is always welcoming new members and that anyone who wishes to contribute to the Pies on the Common Event or join the organization should call Judy Bakos at 267-5056.
These are members of the Gilmanton Woman's club at their 2014 Pies on the Common fundraiser. This year, the Oct. 8 event is expected to feature 100 different kinds of pies baked by and for the club, which raises money to support local charities and help needy families during the holiday season. (Courtesy photo)