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Gilmanton NH News

June 12, 2013

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Gilmanton Old Home Day meeting on Thursday, June 20th from 7-8:00 pm at Smith Meeting House.


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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’ Market Director  


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 Gilford, NH.


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 Library

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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 1:00 PM.


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 Historic Places.



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 the shop.






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