To The Daily Sun,
Opechee Garden Club has many to thank for the tremendous success of its "Glorious Garden" Garden Tour, held on Saturday, July 16.
Making the tour possible, and offering a wonderful variety of beautiful home gardens, despite some challenging weather conditions, were the homeowners: the Bastille Family, Jane and Peter Ellis, Debra Hastings, Sandy and Richard Hickok, Sue Leitch, and Maureen and Roy Sanborn, who shared their "glorious gardens" with all of us.
Club members wish to send their congratulations and sincere appreciation to tour Co-Chairs Audris Clark and Phyllis Corrigan, for their tireless leadership and dedication to the success of the 2016 Garden Tour. It was they who, almost a year ago, began the search for "glorious gardens" in the surrounding Lakes Region, hoping to find garden owners willing to participate in the garden tour. From beginning to end, Audie and Phyllis guided the club through the preparation and completion of the very successful 2016 Garden Tour.
Also deserving thanks are the many Opechee Garden Club committee chairmen who led the various major events and venues of the tour which involved so many of our club members, from the "kitchen crew" who prepared and served the delicious luncheon, to the boutique ladies who gathered and priced articles for sale, to the creative ladies who designed the table settings at each of the gardens, to those who gathered items and gift certificates for the raffle table, to our "plein air" artist, Mary Lou John, who sketched and painted at one of the garden sites, and, of course, to the "clean-up" crew who tidied the Fellowship Hall at the Gilford Community Church after the tour and its activities ended, to name just some of the tasks involved. The club also wishes to thank the spouses, and other family members, who assisted our members in so many ways.
The club is very grateful to the Gilford Community Church for providing the perfect venue for the garden tour luncheon, boutique, raffle and plant sale. The church's cooperation has been outstanding!
We are most appreciative of the following for their invaluable involvement and donations to our event: the continuing support and very generous sponsorship of the Bank of New Hampshire, Appletree Nursery, Beans & Greens Farmstand, BJ's (Tilton), Cackleberries Garden Center, Gator Signs, Gilford Library, Hannaford's (Gilford), Kitchen Cravings Restaurant, Laconia Library, Market Basket (Tilton), Petal Pushers Farm, Quik Laundry, Sam's Club (Concord), Sawyer's Dairy Bar, Shaw's (Gilford and Belmont), and Vista Foods.
The club acknowledges and thanks the area media, including The Laconia Daily Sun, for their outstanding coverage of the garden tour, and consider it vital to the success of this event. We also thank the following area businesses who advertised the garden tour on their electronic reader boards in Laconia and Gilford: Cross Insurance, Melcher & Prescott Insurance, Meredith Village Savings Bank, Sawyer's Dairy Bar, and the Taylor Community.
The raffle at the Gilford Community Church was a big success as there were nine offerings, each with multiple prizes. The following businesses are thanked for their generous donations of prizes and/or gift certificates: Appletree Nursery, Beans & Greens, Cackleberries, Harris Furniture, Meadowbrook, Moulton Farm, and Walmart. The club is also grateful for the following private donations to the raffle: Donna Daniels-Abjornson, Carolyn Dickey, Sandy Gove, Helen Hemeon, Ginnie Johnson, Jane Rollins, Barb Sargent, Marnie Schulz, Doug Stone, Carolyn Temmallo, and Jean Vaillancourt.
Congratulations to the lucky winners of the raffles: Jerome Murphy, Jackie Bonafide, Carolyn Temmallo, Chris Howlett, Betty Clark, Charlotte Gregory, Deb McNeish, Beth Sheke, and Jim Farrell.
Opechee Garden Club sincerely appreciates the local and broader community who supported our summer garden tour, a fundraising event, by their attendance. Proceeds from this event will benefit the Lakes Region Scholarship Foundation, the Loon Preservation Committee, the Squam Lakes Natural Science Center and Kirkwood Gardens, and local community betterment projects, such as the Civic Gardens that Opechee Garden Club Members plant and maintain throughout the growing season in Laconia and Gilford.
Thank you, all.
Audris Clark & Phyllis Corrigan
Opechee Garden Club