Chocorua's Grinstead named Citizen of the Year



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MYLES GRINSTEAD was named the Chocorua Community Association Citizen of the Year last Saturday, July 30, during Chocorua Community Day. (Mellisa Seamans photo) (click for larger version)
August 04, 2011
TAMWORTH— Under a beautiful blue sky, the community came together to celebrate Chocorua Community Day on the lawn of Runnells Hall July 30. It was a day filled with food, fun and activities and topped off by the well-guarded surprise announcement of this year's Chocorua Citizen of the Year.

Visitors to the event enjoyed barbecue lunch on the grill provided by Chocorua Church and ice cream with maple syrup. There was a book, bake and bloom sale at the library, an art show, fiddlers on the lawn and all the village shops were open for business.

One of those shops is Chocorua Village Pottery and its owner, Myles Grinstead, was apparently unaware throughout the day that she would be named Citizen of the Year.

The announcement came at 1 p.m. A visit to the shop revealed that Grinstead used to use the entire building as her own shop, creating beautiful pottery masterpieces. She gave up the main floor of that space so local artisans would have a place to display their wares.

A nomination letter, provided by John Gotjen who is the Chocorua Community Association's vice chairperson, reads in part: "Myles Grinstead is a resident of Chocorua village, a ceramic artist and designer, an art educator, host of the Tamworth Artisans Gallery, and is assistant librarian in the Chocorua Public Library. Her work enhances Chocorua village in the banners that are on display on the village street and roads, and the beautiful welcome sign on Route 16 near the post office.

"Her selfless contributions to the village have been many and ongoing. Her artwork welcomes people to the village at the triangle and now on the banners lining Route 16 bringing cohesiveness to the 'main drag.' I stand in awe of the work she has done to bring Tamworth Artisans into being, giving up her studio space to create a wonderful and unique gallery filled with local art to benefit other artists. Her staging in the shop is phenomenal. Myles took months of time from her own work to create this venue in the heart of the village, not only to help other artisans but to make Chocorua a place people can come to purchase quality gifts and items. This has cost her dearly in her own work momentum, a debt impossible to repay. Her talented staging with the art show on Chocorua Day has brought a high level of distinction to the show, and most people never know she is the architect behind the event. Her ideas are wonderful, her dreams she makes come to fruition. The 'Art in the Park' last year was a huge success and brought more visibility to the village. She works happily and competently in the background on many activities. Those who know and work with Myles praise her willingness to help anytime, anywhere, in any way she can."

The Chocorua Citizen of the Year award is made each year to recognize individuals who have make noteworthy contributions to their community.

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