Bob Bishop, Hugh Chapman, Alice Strait, Norm Buttrick
Hugh Chapman, Bethany Hooper, Norm Buttrick
Bob, Alice, Hugh followed by Bobo T. Clown
First Place-Ajay Landry
Blackbeard, The Pirate
Second Place-Sidney Chapman
Third Place-Kaiya Corriveau
Cowgirl, Annie Oakley
2008 Friends & Family Day
Friends and Family Day was held on Saturday, June 21st at the Town Hall. According to the Guest Book there were at least 130 people who attended. The GHS would like to thank all those who stopped by and to all the people who worked hard to make this day happen. The Gilead Fire Dept. was set up at the Fire Station selling hamburgs, hotdogs and the extras to go with them. They are a good group to team up with at this event.
The Town Hall was set up with Historical Displays, baked goods, tickets for the quilt raffle and a sale table with the four books that have been published by the GHS. Jim Mitchell of The Mahoosuc Land Trust set up an informational table. Mary Tyler, a representative from the Grange in Shelburne, NH set up a table. The Grange is a great organization and they were there to promote membership. Clayton and Judy Tyler, photographers, were set up and taking pictures throughout the event. Harold Knightly, Oxford, Maine, arrived early (with the help of Peter Collette, So. Paris, Maine) with two of his antique tractors for display. Jim Rose, Waterford, Maine and Robert and Debra Withee, Oxford, Maine, were present to give a demonstration of their antique motors and to display their spark plug collection. In case you missed the tractors and motors at this event, The Antique Tractor Club Festival will be held on June 27th – 29th at the Farmington Fair Grounds in Farmington, ME. A few of the things going on at the Festival are tractor games & pulls, machinery exhibitions, parades, swap meet, flea market, stationary engine displays, crafters, vendors and more. Admission is charged.
The day started out with a small children’s parade at 10:00am that was led by Bobo T. Clown. Besides the children, there were also a few ‘older’ historical characters who joined in the parade: John Adams, Robin Hood, a Patriot and Eleanor of Aquitaine, who was the Duchess of Aquitaine. After the parade Bobo put on a magic show for the children. There were children’s games after lunch and the ever-popular Skillet Tossing Contest. The Sunrise Brass Quintet performed a variety of music under the tent to an enthusiastic crowd. The day ended with a talk by Hugh and Lin Chapman on the latest publication, The Cemeteries of Gilead, Maine. It was a brief description of how and why the book was put together.
The 50/50 Raffle was won by Fran Head, who immediately donated her half of the amount back to the Society. Thank you, Fran. Alfred and Sharon Leighton won the jars of jellybeans by guessing how many there were in the jars.
Thank you to the judges of the parade: Aline Dupont, Sandra Laughy and Mary Tyler. The first place ribbon went to Ajay Landry, Black Beard, the pirate, second place went to Sidney Chapman, Miss America and third place went to Kaiya Corriveau, cowgirl, Annie Oakley.
The winners of the Skillet Toss were determined by the number of feet (listed after their names) that they could toss a cast iron skillet. In the Men’s section of the Skillet Toss, the winners were Jamie McLean, 1st place (90), Fabian Corriveau, 2nd Place (84) and Ken Cole 3rd Place (64). Please note that they are all members of the Gilead Fire Dept. The winners in the Women’s section were Belinda Glover, 1st Place (62), Seneca Corriveau, 2nd Place (50) and Judy Tyler 3rd Place (48). The Children’s section did quite well with 1st Place going to Fabian Corriveau (45), 2nd Place going to Conner Muchemore (41) and 3rd Place was his brother, Addin Muchemore (34.5).