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Meeting House group ramps up fundraising

March 27, 2019
EFFINGHAM — The Lord's Hill Meeting House group is gearing up for a very busy season. They have launched a fundraising campaign and a new Web site, and have scheduled a full roster of events for the community to enjoy.

The 1798 meeting house and parade ground is listed on the National Registry of Historic Places. The meeting house was constructed, 20 years after Effingham was incorporated on land owned by Isaac Lord. Its rich history can be found on the website www.lordshillmeetinghouse.org. The property also hosts a bandstand and the Effingham Honor Roll that was rebuilt and re-dedicated on Veterans Day 2018.

The LHMH group's fundraising efforts this year will be put towards landscaping work. They plan to smooth and re-seed some areas of the grounds and plant new trees.

According to their brochure, "We plan to enhance plantings, improve soil conditions, and repair damage to the lawn that extends back to the ice storm of 1998!"

The first event on the calendar is the "Annual Plant/Bake/Yard Sale" on May 25 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The group is accepting pre-orders now for the plants including a variety of geraniums, hanging flower baskets and a variety of herbs. There will also be a limited number of plants available for purchase at the event. Pre-order by completing the form on the group's website or call Pat at 539-5456. To donate baked goods, call 539-8368 or to donate yard sale items, call 539-9005. New this year, the group is inviting individuals or groups to rent a 10x10 space for $10 and sell their own wares. "Do you live off the beaten path? Do you need an incentive to clean out your garage or basement? Do you want to share in the busy flow of customers on Memorial Day Weekend?" the flier asks, then this might be just the place for you May 25.

On June 22, the group will have a table at the Effingham Preservation Society Street Fair at the intersection of Town House Road and Route 153.

July 14 they will be back to the LHMH grounds and hosting "String Equinox" in the bandstand for a concert at 4 p.m. On Aug. 11 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. is the Blueberry Festival with more details coming soon and at 4 p.m. "Northwood" will perform in the bandstand. On August 31, the group will hold the Labor Day Bake Sale including garden produce.

Word has it that the group may add more events and activities through 2019, so best to keep checking their Web site. And the group invites all to share in the care and keeping of an Effingham treasure, "While the business of the Town is no longer conducted in the Meeting House as in days past, we can all join in the business of a Community as we treasure and maintain a shared pride in the Meeting House and Parade Ground."

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