On Saturday, December 15th, the Gilford Bicentennial Committee held its final event in a year-long series celebrating the 200th birthday of Gilford. The Candlelight Stroll was the perfect ending to a year filled with events planned by the dedicated members of the committee. Judging by the comments that were made during this event, I know I am not the only one who would like to thank the entire Bicentennial Committee for their tireless efforts to make the town's 200th birthday special for us all.
People who attended the stroll were treated to an abundance of sights and sounds of the season as they walked through the candle-lined streets of Gilford Village. The Thompson-Ames Historical Society opened all three of their historic buildings to the public as did some of the residents in the village. Village homes were beautifully-decorated for the holidays. Activities and refreshments offered during the stroll by the Thompson-Ames Historical Society, Gilford Community Church, Gilford Public Library, and the Snow/Bickford families were well-coordinated with the town's police, public works, parks and recreation, and fire departments. All of these departments ensured the evening was a success while making public safety their number one concern.
Gilford has a long history of notable volunteerism, and the efforts of volunteers have always helped the town be a much nicer place to live. All the volunteers that made Gilford's Bicentennial so spectacular are to be commended for their old-time work ethic and volunteer spirit. Because of their efforts, it's no surprise that many people in attendance said that they would love to see the Candlelight Stroll become an annual event.
For all those who worked so hard on Gilford's Bicentennial celebrations — your efforts did not go unnoticed, and the entire town thanks you for all that you gave to us this year.