Gilmanton Old Home Day meeting on Thursday, June 20th from 7-8:00 pm
at Smith Meeting House.
Event Volunteers Needed! For info contact
Laconia Saturday Farmers’ Market Opening
Opening day of the Laconia Farmers’ Market is on Saturday, June
15th. The Laconia Farmers’ Market is the longest running market in
New Hampshire, in its 40th year of operation. The market has become
a dedicated shopping spot providing the Lakes Region with fresh,
locally grown vegetables, garlic, herbs, fruit, berries, natural
meats, seafood and delicious farmstead jams and jellies, baked
goods, artisan breads and a selection of unique handmade crafts,
soaps and art.
“The Laconia Farmers’ Market is one of the best places to be on a
beautiful Saturday, there is so much to see and do in the Lakes
Region, and we make it easy for you to get your weekend shopping out
of the way early and enjoy the rest of your day. Whether you are off
to work or off to the beach, we have fresh local food for you to
take wherever you go!” says Michelle Descoteaux, Laconia Farmers’
Our Market Is Newsworthy!
New this year is the weekly Laconia Farmers’ Market Newsletter
containing market news, vendor spotlights and in-season recipes. The
newsletter can be picked up at the market and will be available on
our website and Facebook.
Our Market Is Fun!
We value our vendors and the work they do to bring us fresh, local
food. We will be highlighting one vendor each week and any customer
purchasing from that vendor will be entered into a raffle for a
$20.00 gift certificate which can be used for any purchase at the
market! We’ll also have our 2nd annual market raffle in August to
celebrate Local Food Month.
We’ve Got Music!
Our opening day band, “Cow Hampshire Folk”, will play a good blend
of old time and newer music, with a unique blend of instrumentation
including guitar/harmonica, fiddle and mandolin, string bass, banjo,
cello and vocals.
Want To Join Us?
We offer rotating vendor spots for vendors who want to be part of
the market, but who are only available short-term. Every week we
will have different vendors to keep the market fresh and exciting!
New vendors this year include Our Place Farm, Sanborn Mills Farms,
Canterbury Bread Shop, and Precision Engraving. Returning to the
market are, Arbutus Hill Farm - Fresh local vegetables and herbs;
Brian Ramsey - Seasonal vegetables, berries and maple products;
Bubble and Flame Soap Company - Fun and whimsical, handmade soaps
and bath items; DeNutte Delights - High quality, handmade soy
candles in mason jars; Herbal Earth - Cut flowers, dried herbs and
herbal products; Mystic Eye Creations - Unique handmade wooden and
acrylic gifts, ornaments, kaleidoscopes, bottle stoppers, letter
openers; Nadja Hebert - Organic vegetables, herbs and berries and
homespun yarn; Rustic Raven – Baked Goods; Shapleigh Island Lobster
Company - Fresh, New Hampshire lobster; Still Seeking Farm - Organic
vegetables, blueberries, maple syrup; The Bread Peddler - Homemade
artisan breads; The Dog Door Bakery - Whole grain hand-mixed and
hand-cut treats dog biscuits; and Mischievous Woodworking from
Come experience our unique outdoor market in downtown Laconia at
Laconia City Hall Parking Lot every Saturday and enjoy the local
flavor. “Live Free, and Eat Local.”
Like our page on Facebook,
and check out our website for more information,
Summer Reading And Family Events At
The Gilmanton Year-Round
In preparation for their performance of The Secret Garden at the
Gilmanton Year-Round Library, actors explore the gardens at The
Hampstead Stage in Barnstead. Performance is Thursday,
June 20, 6 pm. All proceeds benefit the Library.
Dig into reading at the Gilmanton Year-Round Library this summer.
For children ages 2 to 13, come by the library June 11-14th to
register for the summer reading program. Many fun activities are
offered from June 20th to July 18th.
Thursdays Of Discovery
Thursdays are ThursDays of Discovery where science experiments will
be performed on a variety of topics. Family events are offered as
well as story time and crafts. All summer children can earn “wiggly
worms” to win great prizes such as passes to Storyland, Water
Country and SEE Science Center as well as many other prizes. The
summer program will close with an ice cream party on July 20th at
The Secret Garden
This summer we are pleased to have two presenters as part of the
summer program. As a kick-off to the summer reading program, The
Hampstead Stage Company of Barnstead has generously donated a
performance of The Secret Garden to the library. Come
and enjoy their performance of this classic tale Thursday, June 20th
at 6:00 PM. Tickets are $3 per person or $10 per family. All money
raised will benefit the library.
Diggers and Burrowers
Learn all about “Diggers and Burrowers” July 16th at 6:00 PM, when
“Critters ‘N Creatures of Merrimack” bring their live animal show to
the Gilmanton Year-Round Library. An armadillo, ferret, and hedgehog
are just a few of the critters scheduled to make an appearance.
Funding for Kids, Books and the Arts was provided by the Byrne
Foundation, CHILIS, the Cogswell Benevolent Trust, the NH Library
Association and the NH State Library as well as a grant from the US
Institute of Museum and Library Services.
First Congregational Society In Gilmanton June Church Service News
The First Congregational Society in Gilmanton will hold our Father’s
Day service on Sunday, June 16, 2013, at 4:00 pm at the Smith
Meeting House. We are very pleased to have the Reverend Sidney
Lovett of Holderness, NH, return to officiate our services this year
and we will have Harriet Coupal as our organist. Refreshments will
be served after the service in the meeting room downstairs and there
is plenty of free parking. Please come and bring your friends and
family to this non-denominational service.
Reverend Lovett, a current NH state representative, has received the
Granite State Award for Public Service and was nominated by
President Reagan to the Inaugural Board of the United States
Institute of Peace in 1985. He was also instrumental in the the
creation of the Sid Lovett Fund for the Center for the Environment
for the purpose of supporting the production of professional, high
quality materials developed from student and faculty research at
Plymouth State University.
The First Congregational Society was formed in 1774 and that year
built the oldest church in Gilmanton which became the Smith Meeting
House in honor of the first minister to serve there, Reverend Isaac
Smith. Today the Smith Meeting House and all four buildings on the
grounds, located on Meeting House Road off Route 140 approximately
3.5 miles east of Route 107, are on the National Register of
GCC Food Pantry And Thrift Shop News
To honor our Gilmanton graduates we will be having a 50% Off Yellow
and Blue Barbs sale beginning on Saturday, June 8th and continuing
through to Saturday, June 22nd. We will also be honoring all dad’s
with 50% Off all men’s clothing and accessories during this sale
period. We have a lot of fabulous clothing for the whole family and
have a really great selection of dress clothes for graduation or any
other special event you might have coming up this summer. Stop by
and check us out, you will be surprised by the wonderful clothing
and accessories you find at the GCC Thrift Shop, it’s not your “run
of the mill” thrift shop!
We want to remind everyone that the sales from the Thrift Shop help
to support the Food Pantry and its programs (Holiday Food Baskets,
Back to School Supplies, Winter Clothing Assistance, and Adopt a
Child). As you continue to clean out your clothing items and
wearable accessories, we ask you to avoid those big yellow boxes (at
the dump) and bring your unwanted or outgrown clothing to the GCC
Thrift shop. If you are unable to bring your items to the shop in
the Iron Works you can either leave it in the entryway of the
Gilmanton Community Church in The Corners on Route 107 or call Jane
Sisti at 364-7437 for pick-up. If you do leave clothing at the
church, please mark the bags or boxes clearly for the Thrift Shop.
We thank you for your donations.
The GCC Food Pantry would like to thank Paula Gilman for her
generous donation of a variety of about 30 wonderful tomato plants
for our pantry garden. We also would like to say a very big thank
you to the GYG (Gilmanton Youth Group), who gather on Friday nights
at the Gilmanton Community Church in The Corners on Route 107, for
helping to prep and cleanup the garden area on Sunday the 2nd and
for planting all the tomatoes and the butternut squash as well. So
thank you to all of you for your help at the pantry.
We have begun collecting items for our upcoming yard sale. This is
the 3rd year for the Food Pantry Yard Sale and it will be on July
13th from 8 am to 2 pm at the Gilmanton Community Church on Route
140 in Gilmanton Iron Works. If you have items to donate please
bring them to the Food Pantry during business hours Only. We ask
that all items be in good, clean, working order please, so that we
are able to sell them. If you are not able to drop your items off
during our business hours, please call Jane Sisti at 364-7437 or
Bethany Lavin at 267-9134 to make other arrangements.
Food donations can be left in one of the collection boxes located at
the Academy Building, the Gilmanton School or the Year Round
Library. Checks can be mailed to us at PO Box 6, Gilmanton Iron
Works, 03837. We are located on Route 140 in Gilmanton Iron Works,
across from the Iron Works Market. We are open on Monday 1 pm – 5
pm, Wednesday 3 pm – 7 pm, and Saturday 10 am – 2 pm. Parking is
located in the Gilmanton Community Church parking lot just west of