To The Daily Sun,
The fourth annual Gilford Candlelight Stroll has come and gone. Many thanks to all the many, many volunteers who helped make it a success. The Gilford Historical Society would like to thank those who volunteered so that our three historical buildings could be open to welcome visitors.
We thank the members of the Senior Moment-um group who diligently worked to string the popcorn (no easy task) and the cranberry garlands that decorated our country-themed tree, they are Ginny Brake, Carlene Cornelison, Diana Dufault, Ardy Eaton, Bev Fortson, Maggie Livingston, Doris Millo and Kristin Jarvi and Sue King from Parks and Recreation. We thank Lauretta and Lauren Isikoski, Nancy Carsen and Diane Godbout for serving the hot, mulled cider in the kitchen. We also thank Alexandra Breed, Ann Montminy, Ed Rushbrook,and Rosemary Shannon for welcoming our guests.
At the Meetinghouse, Donna Schinlever was aided by Terri Bobseine, Jim Colby, and Nan Fay and Diane Mitton. Thanks go to Bill and Sally Bickford for decorating the outside. Thanks to the First United Methodist Church of Gilford for their Hallelujah Bell Ringers for playing their chimes at the Meetinghouse. Under the direction of Vickie Woods Parrish and Alice Bryant, Candlelight Stroll director, they were: Alice Bryant, Carol Michael, Judi Phelps, Kathy Smith, Kelly Scudder, Peggy Lacey, Rachel Young, Sharon Waldren, Vicki Stewart, and Wendy Getchell-Lacey.
The aroma of gingerbread cookies was enticing to many at the Grange, thanks go to Patti Herrick (who lives in Meredith) for making the dough for us and to Karin Landry, Naomi Eldbridge, Kathy Dahll and Dawn Richardson for baking the cookies in the kitchen.
Thanks go to Carol Johnson in the Homestead Room and Walt and Shirley Stockwell and Pete Allan and Pat Martin in the Store who shared their knowledge with visitors. We also give thanks to four new volunteers at the Grange, Robin Mescon, Bob Gunter, Pat Martin, and Dawn Richardson.
We try to schedule our volunteers so they are able to volunteer for an hour and have an hour to enjoy the stroll. For the two hours we had 31 people in the various buildings. We had nine volunteers from the Senior Moment-um group who made the garlands and 10 from the Methodist Church who provided entertainment in the Meetinghouse. It takes many, many hours to prepare the three buildings for the stroll, have people in the rooms during the stroll, and clean up afterward.
We are thankful to all who are willing to work and volunteer their time to help make the Candlelight Stroll so enjoyable.
Gilford Historical Society
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