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Joyce Endee

Plans in motion for Bicentennial Cemetery Walk

January 25, 2012
Plans are well underway for a unique stroll through Gilford's history that will be one of the highlights of this summer's Bicentennial celebration.

For the town of Gilford's Bicentenial, Cemetery Walk Committee members hosting "Gravestones Come to Life" are holding a Flower and Bake Sale in the Town Hall Foyer on Valentine's Day from 2 to 4 p.m.

Many baked goods, along with single roses and flowers, will be available for those who would like to bring home dessert and a little something for their sweetheart. Funds raised from this event will be used for the signage needed.

The Cemetery Walk is scheduled for July 21 and Sept. 8; in the event of rain, the event will be held the following day in both instances.

According to Committee Member Dee Chitty, the Bicentennial Committee has worked for well over a year putting together what they hope will be an interesting and fun event for all. They have visited and participated in workshops taught by Sharon Wood, seen what some nieghboring towns have created in thier cemetery walks, and have enjoyed researching many of Gilford's past residents. Vistors are welcome to bring along a light-weight lawn chair if they prefer to sit during the presentations, good walking shoes, and an umbrella in the event of mist or hot sun.

For those that aren't quite sure exactly what a a historic cemetery walk is, Chitty explained that participants will see and hear stories about people who were once a part of the community. The walk, she said, is a respectful way of remembering exactly what some of these people did, what they stood for, or perhaps humorous, sad and exciting events that occured during their time here. Some of the people participants will encounter will be Doc Hoyt and a member of the Rowe family. Also on hand will be Gilford's town crier. Refreshments will be served. Admission is by donation only.

There is still time if anyone would like to represent a member of thier family and share a bit about them. All are welcome.

For more information, contact Chitty at dchitty@gilfordnh.org, Diane Mitton at Thompson-Ames Historical Society, or Judy Cott at Sundeck Cottages, 293-9391.

On a related note, Bicentenial Committee members have dropped the price of the calendars to $6, which, according to Chitty. is a great deal for the many historic pictures of Gilford over the past 200 years. They are also hoping that during the week of the Grand Opening Ceremony, area businesses might consider joining in the Bicentenial celebration and dressing their buildings or shops with American flags, banners and swags. Chitty hoped this would help add to the town-wide celebration if they wanted to participate.

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