The three big snow storms of October were followed by four littler ones in November, but the total of more than five feet (well, it mostly melted) were no deterrent to the revelers who came to the annual Christmas Party at Kelley House on December 1, 2018! It was the second year that the Area Club joined Hilltop Guild in sponsoring the event for the members of both groups and their guests. 75 people enjoyed a feast prepared by the hostesses, Joan Donovan and Laura Dever, who shopped, decorated, cooked and served roast beef, turkey, ham, three kinds of potatoes, vegetables, myriad desserts and beverages. The rolls were home made by Kris Bhatti, as well as the chex mix that accompanied warm wassail and cold punch at the social hour that preceded the main course. The tables were festive with a theme of Winter Sports, and many attendees lent their real and miniature sleds and skates and skis and skiers, nestled in greenery harvested on the Kelley House grounds. This year, Karolee McLaughlin brought her harp and played background music during the social time and dinner, and led carol singing afterward. There was also a gift exchange and many of the participants went home with beautiful reminders of the special event.
The Mackeys arrive
Cindy Rockett and Larry Sexton
Lisa Bogdanovich, Donna Woolley, Chip Mills [Lisa Bogdanovich is Donna Woolley’s daughter)
Kitchen crew, L to R: Bonnie Dever, Elisabeth Sherwin, Joan Donovan, Catharine Gardner, Laura Dever
Holly Bea-Weaver, Jan Peters, Kris Bhatti
Lisa Bogdanovich, Jacque Pearson, Marge DeMoudt [Lisa Bogdanovich is Donna Woolley’s daughter and Jacque Pearson is Betty Fritts’s daughter]
Diane Turechek Summer president, Diana Boulter Winter recording sec., Darlene Thompson Winter past pres., Linnea Carter Winter pres., Joan Rogers corresponding sec., Claudia Osa Winter vice pres., Barb Coles treasurer, Donna Squyres Winter vice pres., Carol Halsey, philanthropic chair. Missing are Roz Doak Summer recording sec., Kitty Burton Winter director at large, Carol Francke Summer director at large and Marta Dowell Summer past press.
Hilltop Guild sponsored some fun old fashioned games for this year’s celebration at The Old Gallery on July 7.
Dave Pinkow provided music for the cake walk with the alpenhorn. Guild members provided plenty of tasty cakes and cookies.
The kids were happy to participate in the watermelon eating contest.
The following 1930’s vintage quilt patterns will be for sale at the bazaar this year: combination rose, double wedding ring, and grandmother’s garden.
The Christmas Party at Kelley House on December 2, 2017 was a gathering to remember! The Hilltop Guild joined forces with the Allenspark Area Club for the party and about 85 people enjoyed a delicious meal of turkey and all the fixings. A fun gift exchange, festive Christmas music with carol singing, fabulous decorations, and friends in conversation filled the cozy Kelley House for several hours. Many members of the Hilltop Guild and the Area Club worked long and hard to make it all go smoothly. Thanks to all who helped and attended. Merry Christmas everyone.
New Officers were installed for the 2017-18 year at our September 2017 meeting.
Here Donna Woolley, far left, leads the applause for new officers and Board members from left to right,
Diane Turechek – Summer President
Darlene Thompson – Winter President
Roz Doak – Summer Recording Secretary
Joan Rogers – Corresponding Secretary
Barb Coles – Treasurer
Claudia Osa – Director at Large
Marta Dowell – Past President
Donna Squyres – Education and Philanthropic
(not pictured – Jan Peters – Winter Recording Secretary)
All members want to thank our Board of Directors for the upcoming year for filling these positions to keep the Hilltop Guild running smoothly. We also thank the outgoing Board for all their hard work over the last year.