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.
2017 Raffle Winners
Rug – Kathy Wolf (niece of member Roz Doak)
Shawl – Kathryn Bartley – Allenspark
Quilt – Nancy Juedes – Allenspark
Table – Marge DeMoudt – Allenspark
Jewelry – Nancy Kiteley – Longmont
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.
This year the raffle items for the bazaar will be spectacular as usual. Remember these important facts:
- The Bazaar will be from 9:00 am to 2:00 pm on Saturday August 5, 2017 at Kelley House and tickets will be sold until 1:00 pm.
- The Raffle drawing will be at 1:30 pm.
- Raffle Tickets are 3 for $ 5.00 and will be on sale at the Bazaar and you can place your ticket in the “bucket” for the item of your choice.
- You need not be present at the time of the drawing to be a winner.
- The Raffle and Bazaar benefit local scholarships and loans, the AFPD, Kayenta School, Crossroads and Disaster Relief
The items in no particular order are (drum roll please):
Braided Rag Rug – 58″ x 43″ Made by Ava Hessler – donated by her daughter, Jo Battuello
Deer Quilt – 52″ x 58″ by Diana Boulter
“To the Point” Wrap Around Woven Wool Shawl – by Jan Gill
Stained Glass End Table – 16″ square x 20″ high – by Dave Osborne
Turquoise/silver Jewelry Set – Charles Eagle Plume’s Store
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.
In December and January snow piled up around Kelley House and kept the snowplows and shovels busy.
By early March our board members huddled around a table in the main room of Kelley House where it was chilly enough to require winter coats to be worn for their meeting.
Left to Right are Donna Squyres, Joan Rogers, Elisabeth Sherwin, Jan Peters, Deb Barrett and Barb Coles.
Wednesday potluck lunches resumed on March 1st and members enjoyed being together each week.
As St. Patrick’s Day approached, several leprechaun’s and shamrock’s were sighted at Kelley House.
Spring is just around the corner and we look forward to seeing all the members of the Hilltop Guild in coming weeks. We also look forward to seeing spouses, families and friends and the new members who will find there way to Kelley House in 2017.
Remember the lovely fall 2016! Kind of hard to imagine as we are now buried in greater-than-average snow depths here in January 2017.
But, back in September 2016 a new slate of officers took over their duties and will serve through August of 2017. Sorry these pictures are being posted just a few months late.
Here, outgoing President Peg Daley hands the gavel to incoming President Marta Dowell.
And the new officers are (Left to Right) Marta Dowell, president; Deb Barrett, vice-president; Donna Squyres – Education and Philanthropic; Peg Daley – past president; Joan Rogers – corresponding secretary; Jan Peters – winter recording secretary; Roz Doak – summer recording secretary; Barb Coles – treasurer. Elisabeth Sherwin (not pictured) – director at large.
Many thanks to these dedicated and talented ladies for leading us through the next year.