Christmas Party 2017

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.


Officers & Board members Installed


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.


Chokecherry tag team

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.

Bazaar 2017 was a big success

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.


Bazaar Raffle Items

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

100_9736Turquoise/silver Jewelry Set  – Charles Eagle Plume’s Store

Spring is here

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.