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.
Saturday, September 12 was the Hilltop Guild’s third and final Mini-Bazaar of 202o. Like the two previous Mini’s, this one was a big success. The early September snowstorm’s blanket of white from earlier in the week was only a memory and the sun and blue sky made for a perfect day.
Our COVID affected summer season was very different from normal ones and we missed seeing all of our members and friends weekly. We were glad, though, to gather for our fund raisers. Between discouraging the visiting BEAR and repairing his/her damage to the windows and interior, our members and “honeys”were kept quite busy. It was a banner year for Ponderosa pine cones, small rodents (mice, chipmunks, squirrels, etc,) and miller moths. We hope that next summer will bring a more “normal” season for the Hilltop Guild in what will be our 73rd year.
Check out some pictures from this fun day. Caption creation has evaded me, but the pictures tell the story pretty well…..
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.
Guild members collect wild fruit in the fall to be frozen, juiced, and made into delicious jelly to sell at the next annual Bazaar in August.
Here, Diane Turechek finds slim pickings of ripe chokecherries (we did manage to collect 3 gallons of the little berries) as most of the ripe fruit had been processed by a neighborhood bear recently as evidenced by this nearby scat. There is still a lot of fruit that is ripening.
We will tag team with the bears in the next couple of weeks in the hopes that we can all procure enough fruit for our needs. Luckily, the bear(s) were not guarding their fruit when we were there.
Pictures tell better than words what a great day we had at the Bazaar on Sat. Aug 5, 2017. Despite a fierce wind during the night before that blew down and shredded a few of our tents, folks scrambled around the were able to put up enough shelter to get the job done.
The morning was cool and clear and the weather cooperated for our 9-2 event. Everyone commented on the cheerful spirit that permeated the event. Thanks to everyone (so many members, spouses, friends and neighbors) who made the 69th Annual Hilltop Guild Bazaar wonderful. Thanks go out to all of our customers who spent dollars which will go to so many local scholarships, our fire department and many other worthy causes.
It is time to fill in those sign-up sheets for projects and jobs to be done at Hilltop Guild this spring and summer. Here is a reminder of our philanthropic activities on the beautiful board that hangs in the big room of Kelley House. We are all looking forward to our Annual Bazaar which will be on Saturday, August 5th this year. Save the Date!
Easter week potluck at Kelley House was especially colorful with decorations provided by our hostesses of the day, Deannie Anderson and Jan Gill. There was even an Easter Egg Hunt which became quite competitive. Here Donna Wooley and Vera Wolfe scramble for a few candy eggs. Claudia Osa had already filled her basket and darn if I know who the other head belongs to.
Projects are being worked on at members’ homes and also at Kelley House. Here a fleece blanket is being worked on by Roz Doak, Claudia Osa, Marta Dowell and Joan Rogers. Donna Wooley is resting up for the Easter Egg hunt and Kerri Badertscher supervises and takes a break from her jewelry making. This blanket will be for a Kansas State University fan. More to come.