September 1, 2021 was the date of the first Board and General Membership Meeting of the Hilltop Guild’s 2020-21 new fiscal year.
The first order of business was to thank and recognize the hard work and dedication of the Board Members who served so faithfully in the year just completed. Here they are accepting the applause of the membership.
The next order of business was to install the New Board Members for 2021-22. You will notice that a lot of the same people are in this picture. Their continued dedication to the Hilltop Guild is just fantastic.
2021-22 Board of Directors Left to Right : Kitty Burton – Past President (W), Jen Bell – President, Elisabeth Sherwin – Vice President, Emily Balduzzi – Director at Large, Barb Coles – Treasurer, Carol Halsey – Education/ Philanthropic, Marta Dowell, Corresponding Secretary, Donna Squyres – Past President (S), Roz Doak – Secretary
Jen Bell then conducted her first Monthly meeting of the Board and General Membership. She and the Board have exciting plans for the new year. Please check out the calendar of upcoming events.
At top left, Donna hands off the gavel to New President, Jen Bell.
It was a great day at the Kelley House as members gathered with their sack lunches inside the building. Masking was encouraged unless eating. It just felt so great to be gathering for a meal again.
Come visit the Historic Bunce School within walking distance from the Kelley House OPEN Saturday September 4, 2021 and Saturday September 25, 2021 between 10:00 am and 2:00 pm. This hand-hewn log school building was built in 1888 and operated as the only school serving the areas now known as Raymond, Riverside, Heathermeade, Peaceful Valley and it sounds like a few students came from the Jamestown area, too. There was a school in Allenspark at the time, so those residents went to Allenspark. The school operated until about 1940 when the districts were consolidated and students began attending Allenspark or Lyons schools. The school also lent its’ name to the Bunce School Road which connects the Peaceful Valley area to the school and pre-dates the current Hwy 7 location. After the schools merged, the building was used for various functions including fire station and offices, lending library, poker nights for fire fighters, square dances (one-square), voting location, Hilltop Guild meeting place, and summer residence. After about 1960 it fell into disrepair and was not used much, but was still owned by the Fire Department. In the early 1990’s the Hilltop Guild became very interested in preserving and restoring the building. It was eventually deeded over to the Hilltop Guild and re-joined the Kelley House property from earlier days. During that decade, Guild men and women worked diligently to restore the building. The old porch was removed and replaced. Several foundation logs needed to be replaced and were hand hewn into squared logs for this purpose. The Historically Registered building required authentic renovation – and got it. In the last twenty years or so, Guild and community members have donated antique school desks and other items from the era of the schools’ operation. Under the loving care of Darlene Thompson, who has a long history with the building, the interior has become a kind of museum. The Hilltop Guild enjoys sharing this treasure with our neighbors and guests during the summer months. Please bring your family and friends (and especially the kids) for a visit and a short scavenger hunt for relics of that era. Ride your donkey or pony over if you have one as the early students were known to do. We do maintain an operational outhouse, too. Visit free of charge – donations welcome to maintain the building.
Six young women awarded 2021 Hilltop Guild scholarships The Hilltop Guild in Allenspark is an organization of women that supports the sale of hobbies and handicrafts, used to support scholarships and community organizations. The Guild’s major fundraiser is the first Saturday in August. This year, six young women — three from Estes Park High School and three from Lyons High School — received scholarships. Ellie Bergsten from Estes Park High was awarded the Joan Rogers Memorial Scholarship. Ellie will be attending Concordia College in Moorhead, Minnesota. Ellie has enrolled in Heritage and Museum Studies with the goal of working in a museum.
Jennifer Kinch from Estes Park High was awarded a Hilltop Guild Scholarship. She will be attending Colorado School of Mines located in Golden, Colorado. Jennifer will study environmental or chemical engineering. She wants to help solve the problems caused by plastic pollution and also deal with expanding renewable energy sources.
Rachel Calvin from Estes Park High was awarded the Betty Fulton Memorial Scholarship. She will be attending Fort Hays State University in Hays, Kansas. Rachel’s field of study is interior design. Her goal is to design spaces that are welcoming and open to all who enter.
Sierra Andresen from Lyons High School was awarded the Marjorie McCulloch Memorial Scholarship. She will be attending Colorado State University in Fort Collins, Colorado. Sierra plans to earn a degree in zoology with a goal of later attending veterinary school to become a veterinarian surgeon.
Avery Joy from Lyons High School was awarded the Gerald Halsey Memorial Scholarship. She will be attending the University of Wyoming in Laramie, Wyoming. Her major will be Business Administration and Entrepreneurship. She plans to start a nonprofit with her mom that will give students a chance to work with professionals, which will in turn help the students to set goals for their future.
Tala Moe from Lyons High School was awarded a Hilltop Guild Scholarship. Tala will be attending Northeastern Junior College located in Sterling, Colorado. She will study art and business. Her long-term plan includes transferring to a four-year college in Colorado with a goal of becoming an art therapist or an art teacher.
The Hilltop Guild’s Fall Festival — the last event of an exciting season – will be held on Saturday, Sept. 25 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Kelley House off Highway 7.The Kelley House is located between Nederland and Estes Park at 18720 Highway 7 or Peak-to-Peak Highway. The Fall Festival will feature a rummage sale including glassware, china, antique plates, kitchenware and many handmade items crafted by our weavers and quilters. A chili lunch also will be sold. Stop in and see what this association of Allenspark area residents is all about. You will get a warm welcome!
Additionally, the Guild is offering a selection of classes this September and October open to the public, led by Guild members. A “plarn” workshop will be held Sept. 15 at 10 a.m. What is plarn? It is plastic yarn that can be woven into bags, totes and purses. Bring clean plastic bags if you have them and Donna Squyres will show you how to make plarn. An embroidery class held over two Wednesdays on Sept. 22 and Sept. 29 also will be held at the Kelley House at 10 a.m. An $8 materials fee will cover a tea towel, silks, a hoop and everything you will need to get started. Space is limited so sign up soon by phoning the Guild and leaving a message at (303) 747- 2001. Leading the classes will be Judee Snell and Diana Boulter. On Oct. 6 at 10 a.m. a class on how to make colorful woven shoe laces will be taught by Diane Turechek.
The continued pandemic of 2020 has forced changes to the Hilltop Guild’s Christmas time routine this year. As we look forward to promising vaccines on the horizon, our annual Holiday markets and festive Holiday meal at Kelley House had to be cancelled.
Our Guild has still made its’ presence known in the area this season. The Old Gallery has been open on weekends with “A Happy Colorado Christmas Art Show and Sale.” The Old Gallery graciously invited The Hilltop Guild to display and sell our handmade items along with their other local artists’ works.
Dec. 19 and 20 are the final days for this Show and Sale. Perhaps you and your friends and neighbors will stop in and do some last minute Christmas shopping. There are many additional treasures to be found in addition to our Hilltop Guild items.
Here are some pictures of the lovely displays. We wish you a very blessed Christmas season and we look forward to seeing you all in 2021.
Today Faye Braaten completed her chainsaw carving and detailing of the Hilltop Guild Woman in front of Kelley House. She is accompanied by forest friends including a bear which is perfect for this, “The year of the Bear” at Kelley House.
Thank you Faye. What a wonderful addition to our property.
On November 17, 2020, Faye Braaten, the “Chainsaw Mama” started carving our large Ponderosa Pine Stump into a proud Hilltop Guild Woman. The top of this 30″ diameter tree toppled over during a windstorm in the fall or winter of 2019. A donation was made to the Guild to cover the expense of having this talented artist from Loveland, Faye, design and create Hilltop Guild Woman. Hilltop Woman will be joined by several craft items and forest animal friends before she is completed.
Faye said the process would take about three days to complete. By the end of the first day she was doing detail sanding on the sculpture’s head and face. It was fun to watch her work her magic. Guild Woman should stand proudly for many years to come – welcoming member, friends and guests to Kelley House.