Gilmanton NH News

July 5, 2017


Gilmanton Food Pantry & Thrift Shop
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The Gilmanton Food Pantry is currently collecting items for its annual Yard Sale to be held on Saturday, July 15th from 8 a.m. - 2 p.m.  Be sure to SAVE THE DATE: 


We will gladly accept most items that you may wish to donate.  However, we cannot accept electronics, media including tapes, CDs, DVDs and books or mattresses.  All items need to be in good condition, no missing pieces or parts and in working order.


Proceeds from this yard sale support the Food Pantry.  You may bring donations to the Gilmanton Food Pantry during open hours, or if you need assistance, please contact Barbara Reed at 556-9449 or the Food Pantry at 364-0114.  Please leave a message with a call back number.


Gilmanton Food Pantry & Thrift Shop is an outreach program of the Gilmanton Community Church.


Hours: Wednesday, 3-6 pm and Saturday, 10 am-2 pm.


Telephone:  603-364-0114.


Location:  1817 Route 140, Gilmanton Iron Works.


Parking & Entrance:  Gilmanton Community Church Parking Lot.  Look for a sign that says Harvest Bible Church.


Mailing Address:  Post Office Box 16, Gilmanton, N. H. 03237.


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1st Annual Garden Party Stroll


On a quiet country road in Gilmanton, a charming red house sits on a rise. If you drive by and glance at it, you might nod and say, ďWhat a well-kept lawn and yard.Ē


You would be correct, but it goes much deeper than a nicely mown lawn. The owners of the property, Dick and Sue Barr have fashioned a series of incredibly beautiful, you-can-stroll-forever gardens that seem to pop up from the sloping land.


The couple spend all spring, summer and fall in their gardens, weeding, planting, replanting and sometimes rethinking where new and old favorite plants, trees and shrubs will go.


Letís not forget the water features as well. The Barrs are experts at trying out unusual water fountains, and when something doesnít feel quite right or has run its course, they arenít afraid to rethink and redo an area. Case in point: their beloved little pond area with fish. Sue still shakes her head in distress when she speaks of the repeated effort of a nocturnal animal to make a feast of the fish. Tired of the effort and the risk to the fish, the Barrs removed the pond area and installed a wonderful new stone water fountain feature.


Not long ago, Dick decided he wanted a little greenhouse. Thus, he sent away for one from a European company and now has a wonderful greenhouse on the property. He says itís great year-round and especially wonderful on a cold and snowy winterís evening to sit in the little house and look up at the stars in the night sky while feeling the warm, moist air captured in the structure.


There doesnít seem to be much this couple is afraid of tackling when it comes to gardening. If you want to grab a fellow gardener or just want to stroll some beautiful gardens on a summerís afternoon, head to the 1st Annual Garden Party Stroll at the Barrs. The event takes place on Saturday, July 22 from 4 to 6 pm at 30 High Street in Gilmanton and proceeds will benefit the Gilmanton Food Pantry and the Gilmanton Year-Round Library.


Tickets are $20 per person or two tickets for $35.00 Wine, cheese and crackers will be served and you can have a before dinner snack and drink and stroll the beautiful gardens.


If you have gardening questions, or maybe you want to learn more about how Dick and Sue handle installation of the garden water features or how to grow something unusual or even what the process was for constructing and heating the greenhouse, the couple are always willing to chat and give advice.


For tickets to the event, and to RSVP, call the Barrs at 603-267-1905 or email












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