To The Daily Sun,
I am writing to say thank you to all involved with Gilford's fourth Candle Light Stroll.
Held on Dec. 12, the old village roads, Belknap Mountain and Potter Hill, were lined with 1,000-plus candle lights. It takes a tremendous amount of volunteers and time to create this annual event. Carolers, candle lighters, entertainers, decorators, greeters, pillow sewers, are just a few.
Thank you to all our stroll partners and sponsors, those that donated and helped support this event. Without each and every one of you this event would not be possible.
Thank you to all that came and shared the evening. Also those that stayed to help make sure all candles were out and picked up.
The church, meetinghouse, and town crier bells being rung in unison is a sound we are so lucky to hear. It was wonderful to peek inside the old buildings glowing windows, with all the holiday bustle and merriment. All the village homes decorated for the season, with many sharing treats and surprises. Each adds so much to the evening. The carols being sung, the sound of horses clip-clopping down the road, as they carry folks down thru the village. Laughter, smiles, and people reunited. Entertainers sharing so much talent.
The Memorial Candles at the Union Meeting House were reminders of those there in spirit. It was an amazing display, lights burning bright.
The line to Santa struck a cord, with children holding onto Mom's or Dad's hand, staring at Old St. Nick in awe. Waiting patiently for a turn to share their Christmas wishes.
The warm bonfire with families roasting marshmallows and making s'mores. The entire village busy with folks stopping in to see what was going on. All the snacks and treats, oven baked cookies, mulled cider, and more! The Candle Light Stroll Committee is grateful to all. There are a few "Gilford Village Pillows" still available at the library. Stop in a pick one up today.
Check out Gilford Village Candle Light Stroll on Facebook to see some great pictures.
Wrap up Candle Light Stroll meeting is Jan. 5, at Gilford Public Library, 3 p.m. All are welcome.
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