A Preliminary Report --

Sat., July 12 was the day of Temple’s long-awaited house tour, A DAY IN TEMPLE: HOUSES, HORTICULTURE, HISTORY. And it was a remarkable day, with more than 350 people from 37 area towns flocking to Temple to participate in the benefit tour of nine houses.

The day’s success was attributable in large part to the homeowners who graciously opened their homes and gardens -- Bill Banks, Helen Davis, Gail Cromwell, Cheryl Hackos & Andrew Milkey, Connie & John Kieley, Dan and Heather Pratt, Ann Sargent, Martha Scott, and Priscilla Weston. The Historical Society can't thank these generous and hospitable friends enough. Comments abounded about what glorious treasures are hidden in the quiet town of Temple.

The other not-so-secret weapon in the success story was the generous, apparently inexhaustible outpouring of time and hard work by Society friends. Nearly 80 volunteers served as guides in the houses, set up tents, laid tables, served lunch, cleaned up -- and generally pitched in on all fronts. It was an outstanding display of true community spirit.

More than 60 men and women from all over southern New Hampshire made generous financial contributions to the event.

We were blessed with a perfect July day of sunshine, blue skies, cooling breezes -- and no humidity and bugs. Overheard -- again and again . . .

“ What beautiful houses, and what wonderful variety!”
“ What wonderful guides, so knowledgeable and efficient and friendly!”
“ What wonderful food!”

And indeed, Wonderful was the name for the day; an unforgettable day of outstanding community spirit and effort -- and enjoyment.

The Big Question -- How much money did the event raise for the restoration of School House No. 6? Stay tuned to this station -- we’re still crunching #s! Meanwhile, some random statistics (some #s are still approximate):

# of volunteers 79
# of committee members 8
# of tickets sold in advance 266
# of towns represented 37
# of states represented 8
# of walk-ins 100
# of sponsors 36
# of towns represented 11
# of in-kind gifts 14
# of raffle tickets sold 1200
# of entrants, centerpiece competition 11
# of lunches consumed 180*
gallons of Lillian’s Tea consumed 10
# of bottles of water consumed 240
# of dissatisfied customers 0 (we hope!)

The Hosts & Their Houses

Bill Banks, Wheeler-Banks House

Helen Davis, Howard-David House

Gail Cromwell, Bragg-Cromwell House

Cheryl Hackos & Andrew Milkey, Hackos-Milkey House

Connie & John Kieley, Seven Maples Farm

Dan and Heather Pratt, Mountain Lane Farm

Ann Sargent, Whippoorwill Farm

Martha Scott, Felt-Tobey-Scott House

Priscilla Weston, Oak Hill Farm

*Plus a huge platter of extra sandwiches for folks working on the Common, donated by the caterer, Fiddleheads Cafe, Hancock

The Guides

The Lunch-Setup-Cleanup Crew

Marilyn Acker
Rae Barnhisel & John Bauchat
Sandy & Dick Benotti
Gerri Bradler
Nancy Carta
Bonnie Chappell
Laura Clayton
Micki Collier
Chris Congdon
Peggy Cournoyer
Patty Court
Reenie Cullinan
Lisa Ferrill
Sherry Fiske
Steve Forrester
Honey Hastings
Ginnie Hatt
Jo & Bill Hutchinson
Barbara & Bruce Kantner
Joanne Keuper
Mary Lanthier
Joan & Charles LaRoche
Pat Lee
Robin Mahoney
Marsha Martin
Phyllis MazzaDiane Mize
Nancy Moore
Nancy Norris
Mary & Roger Nutting
Coral Olson
Gretchen & Bill Orme
Kitty Quinn
Sue Quinn
Diane Rees
Audrey Robinson
Felicia Sartell
Elizabeth & Ed Schubert
June Sheldon
Kim Stevens
Jeannie & Arnie Thibodeau
Sydney Thomas
Ben Tirey
Dee Walko
Lois Webster
Georgia Westervelt
Shirley Wildes

John Bauchat
Kevin Bollinger
Steve Bollinger
David Bruno
Michael Davidson
Barbara Harling
Molly Ferrill
Liz & Andy Funk
Jenna Kieley
Jennifer Kullgren
Lillian Maynard
John & Susan Pierce
Dave Repak
Felicia Sartell
Nick Teeson
Sydney Thomas
Betty Turini
Brian Turini
Dot Turini
Hannah Turini
Todd Turini 

Underwriters, Sponsors, Patrons

Marilynn Acker
Auk’s Nest B & B
Bean Family Foundation
Bellows-Nichols Agency
E.A. Bishop Co.
Peggy & John Colony
Judi & Bob Edwards
Granite Bank
Susan & Bill Groff
Honey Hastings
Herban Living B & B
Mason J.0. Klinck
Joan Lemire Real Estate
Silas Little
The Lukas Community
Maple Hill Community
Monadnock Paper Mills
The Petersons
Amb. & Mrs. Joseph Carlton Petrone
Pony Farm/Horse Power
Mary & Robert Raley
R.E. Marble & Granite
San-Ken Homes
Jean Stine
Robert Taft
Toadstool Bookshops

Gifts in Kind

Friend of a Gardener
Grace & Flavor
Kraemer Signs
Rose Lowry
Lillian Maynard
Monadnock Mountain Spring Water
Sim’s Press
Dot Turini
Ellie Young

Participants, Centerpiece Competition

Sandy Benotti
Karen Crowe
Leah Kristin Dahlgren
Sherry Fiske
Honey Hastings
Pat Lee
Carolyn Myrick
Virginia Peterson
Susan Pierce
Donna Quinn
Sydney Thomas*

*The winner, by popular vote

The Raffle

And the winners are . . .

Dante Bartolemeo*, Temple -- 60-minute massage (Wellness Center, Peterborough)
Catherine Gregg, Nashua -- Grand Prize, a 3-hour limousine ride (L.A. Limousine, Wilton), combined with Sunday
Brunch for 4 (Acqua Bistro, Peterborough)
Maddie Jarry, Nashua -- overnight stay with breakfast (Inn at Jaffrey Center)
Arnie Thibodeau*, Temple -- gift basket (Bursey’s Market, Wilton)
Georgia Westervelt, New Ipswich -- pound of fancy chocolates (Nelson’s Candy, Wilton)

*Dante and Arnie are both, we’re happy to report, members of the Historical Society.

The Committee

Martha Scott, Chairman
Ann Sargent, Co-chairman
Connie Kieley
Anne Lunt
Carolyn Myrick
Susan Pierce
Ann Repak
Jean Stine



Any and all mistakes, omissions, or other idiocies are entirely the fault of the compiler:

Anne D. Lunt, President, Temple Historical Society

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The Book

Images of America: Wilton, Temple, and Lyndeborough

The Temple Historical Society announces the impending publication of a new
book of history in pictures: Images of America: Wilton, Temple, and Lyndeborough, by Michael Dell’Orto, Priscilla Weston, and Jessie Salisbury. Fifty percent of proceeds on all books ordered before September 15 will go to the Society, so please order your copy soon! You can pick up an order form at the Temple Store, the Library, or the Birchwood Inn; or download a copy from the Images of America link on this Web site.

Order today to get your autographed copy as soon as books are available!

Another recent acquisition of the Society is a set of note cards bearing a print of Ellie Young’s monochrome watercolor of School House No. 6, created for the House Tour. Cards are available at the store, the library, and the Birchwood. Order Form - Click HERE to download (PDF - Adobe Acrobat File)