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5/7/06   May 20th “Plant and Bake Sale”

May 20th “Plant and Bake Sale”
Benefits Rowe House Gardens;
Also come to “Collectibles Sale”

Carmel Lancia and Marge Muehlke, co-chairpersons of Thompson-Ames Historical Society’s Rowe House Gardens Committee, are busily coordinating preparations for this year’s “Plant and Bake Sale”.

The event will take place Saturday, May 20th at Gilford’s Rowe House, 88 Belknap Mountain Road, beginning at 9:00 a.m.

Sales proceeds will go towards continued restoration of the gardens at the c.1838 Rowe House, which is on the NH State Register of Historic Places.

The success of last year’s endeavor helped guide this year’s planning.

Marge Muehlke recently remarked, “We know from experience that our starting time needs to be at 9:00 a.m. sharp because gardeners were ‘chafing at the bit’, so to speak, very early last year. We’ll even have complimentary coffee for early shoppers.”

Carmel Lancia stated, “And we know what the gardeners are looking for: hardy perennials, annuals to add instant and long-lived color, hanging baskets, herbs, vegetables (including some organic). Several local gardeners again this year are sub-diving their hardy perennials to share as part of our sale. Also, we’ve ordered some more gardening gloves and kneeling pads that proved so popular.”

Marge inserted, “Our Baked Goods table was so popular last year that we had to include it again this year. Karen Landry is coordinating that feature and Grace Herbert is getting ready to again make her mouth-watering fried dough.”

“The atmosphere will be added to by Susan and Rob MacDonald’s farm-wagon produce stand replete with home-grown items such as eggs, honey, milk and an assortment of early vegetables,” added Carmel, who, after pausing briefly, then continued, “and T-AHS’s curators will be setting up a tent where some collectibles -- including some Gilford/Lakes Region Playhouse posters and playbills -- will be on sale, with proceeds to go towards the Society’s 2006 Fund.”

Marge offered a final statement, “This is an annual rain-or-shine event that we hope lots of people will drop by to support. -- Also, we’re still welcoming offers of more items, such as plants, baked goods, and so on. Interested folks can call T-AHS at 527-9009 and leave a message.”