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Crafts, food, music and games at Gilmanton Old Home Day

The the Daily Sun,

Gilmanton's Old Home Day, held on the third Saturday in August in recent years, will be held on the on the second Saturday this year (Aug. 15), from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Located on the Smith Meeting House grounds off Route 140 in Gilmanton, the day offers up a traditional bean­hole bean dinner, including your choice of pea, kidney, southern spicy and vegetarian beans. The beans are deliciously accompanied by ham, coleslaw, brown bread, and home made pies. Seatings will be held at 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. for a cost of $10. Come see how the beans are cooked in the ground for many hours, resulting in perfection! Hamburgs, hotdogs, soda will be sold at the food booth for those who pass up the full dinner.

Entertaining the attendees will be Jody Scalise, the Motion Man. Come see what he has in store for us. At 10:30 and 12:30 puppeteer Lindsay and her Puppet Pals will delight children and adults alike with her unique performances in the schoolhouse, not to be missed. The Parker Hill Road Band will captivate the audience with their bluegrass music from 10­ a.m. to 1 p.m.

A large variety of crafts will be for sale at individual booths including jewelry, living wreaths, floral arrangements, face painting, aprons, afghans, baby blankets, bake sale, soaps, lotions, balms, jams, jellies, soup mixes, syrup, birchbark birdhouses, photographs, furniture, hand-dyed shirts, socks, belts, beachtowels, baseball caps, fresh cut garden flowers, doll clothes, paintings on saws, herbal cooking blends, blends for dips, herbal meat rubs, vintage linens, infant knitted hats, appliqued dishtowels, relishes, pickles, fudge, herb seedlings, herbal tinctures, low/no sugar fruit spreads, paperback books, note cards, garlic bulbs, garlic powder, chips, granules, Raggedy Ann doll raffle, felt food (campfires, mail bags, breakfast, lunch, dinner sets), embroidered items, quilts, pillows, pot holders, eyeglass cases, as well as a baby goat and friendly rabbit for children to pet.

The undercroft of the Meeting House (church) will feature an art show well worth your viewing time. Contributing artists from the area create a display of varied media. Their work will be judged and prizes awarded.

Children's games will be ongoing, as well as crafts for children. Come for the Antique Car Show, beginning after the beanhole bean dinner seatings. For those interested in showing off their summer muscles, tug of war contests will provide the perfect opportunity.

Free admission, free parking, no dogs allowed. All proceeds go to the restoration of the five buildings on the Smith Meetinghouse grounds.

Judy Wilson


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Too many die by gunfire – It is time to repeal the 2nd Amendment

To the Daily Sun,

I would hope most of us agree that too many people in this country die by gunfire. Because there are so many guns out there, and because the culture and history of individual gun ownership is so strong, it will take a lot of thoughtful conversation to deal with this issue intelligently.

In my opinion, one of the biggest barriers to this conversation is the Second Amendment to the Constitution. Frankly, the opinions of the founding fathers about their smoothbore muskets and local militias have absolutely no relevance to America in the 21st century, and the time we spend trying to parse them is time totally wasted.

I would humbly suggest it is time to repeal the Second Amendment. I know full well that this suggestion won't get very far very soon, but it is an idea that deserves to be considered. Then we can start to deal realistically with the situation we are faced with.

Johan Andersen

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