A Busy Spring at Kelley House!

The ladies have been busy this spring.  Here are some photos of recent activities.

Photos courtesy  Mary Rushing.

Quilting Class with Peg Daley and Diana Boulter


Rug Hooking Class with Deb Barrett and Colette McDonald


Garden Art Pole project with Vicki Dyas and Marge DeMoudt



Doll House made by Kerrie Badertscher and donated to be a Raffle Item at the Bazaar


A spring Wednesday potluck table


2016 Letter from the president

January 29, 2016

Dear Ladies of the Hilltop Guild,

I hope you are all having a good start to the New Year. We are just around the corner from our first Wednesday meeting on February 3rd. We will be having sack lunches throughout February. On March 2nd, we will have our first business meeting of the year and our usual potluck lunches commence.

I have enjoyed my time as president very much, so far. We are having a good time learning about each other as we do our “Spotlight Moments” at each meeting. We have, also, had our first Saturday evening “supper and game night”. We all enjoyed Cincinnati chili and games. Our next supper gathering will be on Saturday, March 5th at 5:00 pm. We will be having soup, salads and desserts and games, of course! Hope to see many of you there!

Some of our upcoming events are; the Spring Luncheon on Saturday, June 11th at noon, our Annual Bazaar on Saturday, August 6th from 9:00 am to 2:00 pm and our Annual Meeting and Installation of Officers on September 7th. We are also hoping to be chosen to participate, once again, in the Estes Park Duck Race this spring.

We are gearing up for this year’s Bazaar and hoping that many of you will be able to participate in our projects and classes. Some of our classes have been / are scarf making, candle making, rug hooking, quilting projects, garden art poles felted mandalas and making fruit butters. Something for everyone!

We currently have 75 members including 6 Honorary Members. This past year we accepted 5 new members; Sharon Clement, Barb Coles, Elisabeth Sherwin, Donna Squyres and Del Brown and reinstated Elizabeth Johnson (Morris). Three members moved away, Rosalie Bargmann, Lucille Erlewine and Lavinia Hopfe. Jean Mundinger is no longer a member due to health issues. Honorary Member, Alma Walker, passed away as did Susie Kester and Marjorie Simons. Claudia Osa’s husband, Tom, passed away in October.

Thank you to all of you who have made my time, so far, as president an enjoyable time.

Warmest Regards, Peg Daley

2015 Letter from the president

Dear Members of the Hilltop Guild,

It is always a pleasure to enter the Kelley House and see how many people are at work completing projects, preparing and attending workshops and getting beautiful things into the bins for the annual bazaar. The white elephant is receiving items and it continues to be a constant source of income – not just on bazaar day! Many also diligently continue the business of keeping the Kelley House cared for, thus the business of the Guild stays right on track. No matter the time of year or how many are in the building “things” get done. We are fortunate to have one another.

Perhaps your work schedule, distance from Allenspark or just the inability to attend do not allow you to join in the fun on Tuesdays or Wednesdays. Keep in mind there are always opportunities to participate in being a member in other ways. Some that come to mind are computer work – yes, we have a Guild owned computer and scanning of many documents has been done but much more would be appreciated, right from the comfort of your own home. Maybe the grandkids are arriving later this summer; arrange a day with them to pick and wash berries or fruits for our jellies, lots of ziplocs are awaiting. Do you like a bit of quiet time? Arrange to come on in during the early fall and use the juicer – bring a book and let the juicer do the work – bottles are available there and the freezer will be humming. If you only have a day or two, please remember that the bazaar is August 1st – cashiers, baked goods, set up on July 31st and clean up the day of the bazaar, workers are always needed. These are just a few opportunities that come to mind. If you think of other ways you are able to participate, pick up your bright pink book and call any board member and offer your ideas and service.

Throughout the fall and winter a wonderful group of women formed an ad hoc committee and did an enormous amount of work in research to find proper ways to invest the Marge McCulloch dollars remaining in her memorial scholarship fund. We anticipate her dollars growing so that in time we will use only interest for an annual scholarship and the principle will remain. Talk about thinking ahead for the Guild’s gifts to our community.

As a result of the flood of September 2013 the issue of proper drainage around the building has been addressed. A large tree in the parking area has been removed (along with the root ball) so a proper swale could be developed to force water away from the building. New berms have been put in place and seeding has begun (more to come over the next 2 years). A wall around the back of the building coming towards the kitchen door is to be constructed. After all of this is successfully in place new flooring will happen throughout. These are all ways of safekeeping this fine old building. A budgeted item for this year was lampshades and they are now installed. Come on in and look up!

Scholarships have been awarded to 4 very lucky, grateful and deserving young students. Our website will show you their faces.

Take a look at your calendar, check out our website (www.hilltopguild.com) for details and think about how you are able to enjoy your Guild from near or far.

Hoping to see many of you over the next few months,

Judee Snell, Summer President