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6/11/06   Vintage Activities To Be Spot Lighted in Gilford on Saturday

The third Saturday morning of each month, January – October, Thompson-Ames Historical Society features the Heritage Arts.

A variety of activities will be offered in Gilford Village on Saturday morning, June 17th.

From 9:00 a.m. until 11:00 a.m. the public is welcomed to stop in at the Rowe House, the historic Greek Revival Cape that is located at 88 Belknap Mountain Road.

Stan Piper will be demonstrating the vintage treadle lathe which is used in turning wood. On hand will be animated wooden toys of historic design that have been created by T-AHS volunteers.

Rob and Susan MacDonald will have their farm stand set up and will offer for sale produce from their farm which is operated in accordance with organic farming methods.

For those who have a hankering for home-baked goodies or are looking for a unique doll outfit or a decorative throw pillow, Ginny Clifford will have set up a table of one-of-a-kind items that are sure to please.

Gerald Knight will be on hand to give tours of the Rowe House, Gilford’s unique farmhouse constructed of bricks made on site c. 1838. The flowers in the Rowe House gardens are breath-taking to see and the historic Rowe House is always a delight to visit, especially with its vintage furnishings. -- In the Rowe House is a new attraction, a vintage armchair from the Arthur A. Tilton estate; Ed LaSala recently added that chair to the display in the parlor.

At 10:00 a.m. a rare opportunity will be offered, an opportunity to observe up close as Susan MacDonald demonstrates how to make mozzarella cheese. Susan assured us, “The process of making mozzarella cheese takes approximately one-half hour and all that is needed are common kitchen utensils and ingredients.” She paused a moment and then, with a twinkle in her eye, added, “Of course, I use milk from our grass-fed Jersey cow, ‘Belle’.” -- Afterwards, everyone present for the demonstration will be offered a sample of the cheese that Susan just finished making.

Down the red brick sidewalk, at 8 Belknap Mountain Road, Grange Hall will be the site of the monthly meeting of T-AHS’s Heritage Arts Bee. This is an opportunity for interested folks to gather to learn and work on heritage arts and to socialize while working, just like the historic bees of olden times. A variety of arts (such as rug braiding, rug hooking, and knitting, to mention a few) have been popular choices this year. The public is welcomed to join in or to just drop in to see what the gathering is all about. Light refreshments are always served. Hostess for the 10:00 a.m. – noon gathering will be Carol Anderson, who can be reached at 293-1137 for further information.

Thompson-Ames Historical Society is a 501(C)(3) not-for-profit organization, designated as an educational society to preserve and celebrate the cultural heritage of Gilford, NH. Further information about the organization is available on the Society’s website www.gilfordhistoricalsociety.org.