Gilford's Thompson-Ames Historical Society proudly announces that its
first annual Heritage Day will be held at all three of its historical
buildings on Saturday, September 16th, 2006 from 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. The event
itself began many years ago as an idea that, then T-AHS president, the late
Reverend Raymond Wixson brought forth as something he thought the
historical society should hold as a way for the entire town of Gilford to
celebrate its heritage and its history.
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9/2/06 THOMPSON-AMES CELEBRATES ITS HISTORY WITH FIRST ANNUAL HERITAGE DAY
Reverend Wixson did not see that come about in his lifetime, but the
historical society did not forget his wishes. At the beginning of this
year, some of the T-AHS board members began to discuss hosting an event
that would show Gilford and the surrounding towns what and who was involved
in its history.
T-AHS vice president, Carol Anderson, and board members, Kathy Lacroix
and Carmel Lancia, have created an event that Reverend Wixson would be
proud of and would have enjoyed. Come and celebrate Gilford's rich
heritage and show your support for the Thompson-Ames Historical Society
which has worked very hard to bring together exhibits and demonstrators of
things from long ago.
Certainly one of the most complex demonstrations on Heritage Day will
be one done at the Union Meetinghouse by Lee natives, Patricia Jenkins and
Shirley Walker. Both women have a great interest in the old ways of doing
things, including the use of tools that might have been used in the
households from the past. Jenkins and Walker have created a flax weaving
demonstration entitled, "Straw to Gold: the flax to linen process". These
fiber artists will give two flax weaving demonstrations, one at 10 a.m.;
the other at 1 p.m. on the 16th. In between demonstrations the public is
invited to try their hand at weaving linen. This will give people the
opportunity to understand just how long and difficult the process of
weaving linen actually was in the past. Jenkins and Walker themselves grow
flax from seed, harvest it and then work through the tedious process of
weaving it into linen. This process itself honors what people that came
before had to do to clothe themselves and their families as well as furnish
We all know that Gilford and its surrounding towns have an abundance
of people who live and create works of art in the old way. Gilford
resident, Kathy Salanitro, will be at the Rowe House, with her ever-popular
teams of oxen. Sue MacDonald and her family, of MacDonald Farm in Meredith
will join us with her farmstand. Lynda Schmalberger, who is well-known
throughout the community for her wonderful quilling works of art, as well
as her group craft projects, will be demonstrating quilling throughout the
day. Jeanne Compton, from Jeanne's Attic in Laconia will demonstrate chair
Karen Vadney will make a repeat appearance and teach us all how to
weave with men's neck ties. Ernie Bolduc, our local expert beekeeper will
be on hand to answer beekeeping questions and will have local honey for
In addition to these talented artists and craftspeople, Thompson-Ames
Historical Society itself has an endless number of talented people who make
the organization run smoothly and efficiently. These talents are not
limited to running the historical society but many, many members are
wonderful artists as well.
On Heritage Day, you will see many of these members as exhibitors and
demonstrators. Carol Dale and Angela Foote will be demonstrating wool rug
hooking. Carmel Lancia will have a redwork display and Bea Vezina will
give a quilting demonstration. Ellen Gelotte, for many years has
demonstrated the art of drop-spindle spinning of wool and she will be here
on Heritage Day also. Weavers Diane Mitton and Marlene Witham will be
demonstrating weaving; Witham will demonstrate how to make rag mats on a
People who have attended our Heritage Arts Bees, which are held on the
third Saturday of every month, will most certainly recognize rug-braiders
Kathy Lacroix and Marian Eckholm and our knitters, Madeline Weeks and
Priscilla Puleo. T-AHS board member, Gerald Knight has invited his
grandson, Jonathan, and his boys' singing group to create some musical
entertainment for this year's attendees.
Admission to Heritage Day 2006 is $5.00 person. A bake sale will
continue throughout the day at the Grange. Why not celebrate not only the
coming of fall, but also the rich heritage of Gilford. Please join Gilford's
Thompson-Ames Historical Society at its very first Heritage Day. For more
information about this event, please call the Thompson-Ames historical
society at 527-9009 or e-mail us at gilfordhistoricalsociety.org.