Great Food at the Gilsum Store

Pizza Nights Are Back!
Pizza nights return to the Gilsum Village Store every Friday evening. Take and bake or cooked to order – your choice.  $3 per slice of $10 per pie. Toppings $.50 each.
Saturday Special 
You’ll find home made baked beans in the self-serve crock every Saturday. The Gomarlo Family Recipe’s secret ingredient: Soldier beans, and a lot of secret ingredients. Just $3.99 for a 16-oz container.
Blue Seal Kielbasa
The newest addition to the deli case, Blue Seal Kielbasa from Chickopee Provisions is Jerry’s favorite. Buy it by the pound or try it with your baked beans or as a pizza topping.

Roots Cellar & Ben Jennings Quartet

             End of the Season Musical Extravaganza
        ~   Saturday, December 1  ~
     ~ 7 pm ~
These musicians are serious about both their craft and having fun.  This is Mole Hill’s last live music of the season.  Two of many reasons to get out of your house and up to Mole’s House of Blue Light on Saturday.  Note the early start.    
Roots Cellar plays an eclectic mix of electric Americana;  expect a wide range of covers from The Band, Hank Williams, the Grateful Dead, Neil Young, the Rolling Stones, Bruce Springsteen, Dire Straits.   The band is led by Pat Clarke, purveyor of Keene’s very cool underground venue, The Rabbit Hole.  (Don’t let on that I told you. )
Joining Roots Cellar once again at Mole Hill and offering funky dance grooves is the Ben Jennings Quartet.  (Here’s another secret: there is nobody named Ben Jennings in this talented trio. )
Tickets for this all ages event are $12 and available at the door.  Children 12 and under are free. 
byob  ‘n snacks ~ no hard liquor
Mole Hill Theatre is a community hall located at 789 Gilsum Mine Rd. in Alstead NH. 

New Management Coming to Gilsum Village Store

The Gilsum Village Store will soon be under new management—and changes are already under way. Jerry Gomarlo, owner of Gomarlo’s Supermarket in Swanzey, will be the new proprietor. While the official transfer of ownership won’t take place until January, changes are already under way. The store will have a much bigger selection and lower prices due to Gomarlos’ buying power, says current proprietor Ray Britton. The prices, says Gomarlo, will be the same as you would get at the Swanzey supermarket.

Jerry Gomarlo and Ray Britton

Jerry Gomarlo of Swanzey (L) will soon be the new owner of the Gilsum Village Store. Current owner Ray Britton (R) says the move will bring lower prices and more choices to Gilsum residents.

Changes were already evident Tuesday afternoon. Gomarlo was busy stocking the shelves with new items, and he is already starting to take over operations. In addition to thousands of dollars in new grocery items and a broader selection, visitors this week will see a fully stocked deli case with freshly cut meats from the Gomarlos butcher shop in the Swanzey store. On Tuesday he set up a new self-serve crockpot that featured chili for $3.99 per bowl. Wednesday’s special will be beef stew, he said, and he’s taking suggestions for what to offer next.

The Gomarlo family has been operating grocery stores in the region for more than 80 years. Adding a smaller store has been something his family has wanted to do for some time, he said.

While Gomarlo will own and operate the business, Britton will continue to own the building as part of a lease agreement. And while Britton won’t be running the store anymore, he plans to continue to work at the store, opening mornings for the regulars, he said.

Although Gomarlo is from Swanzey, he already has connections to the Gilsum community. One of his children attends the Gilsum STEAM Academy. And, he says, he looks forward to contributing a crock of homemade baked beans – based on the Gomarlo family recipe – at the Rock Swap dinner next year!

Holiday Tree Lighting

Hot chocolate, treats and a special appearance from Santa Claus

4-5pm at the Gilsum Frog Pond on Rte 10

If possible bring a non-perishable food item or unopened toiletry item to be shared with those in need among our community

Annual Gilsum Congregational Church Holiday Fair

Saturday, Nov. 17
9 AM to 2 PM at the Gilsum Congregational Church, Main Street.
The fair features original hand-crafted gifts and stuffers, delicious home made pies, pastries, cookies, breads, fudge and more – freeze it for the holidays!
Win fun prizes, and don’t forget to visit the “Pop-Up Cafe,” with home made chowders, stew, sandwiches, coffee, home made old-fashioned donuts, pies slices and more.

The Kelly Project & Holiday Toy Drive !

November 10 ~ 8 pm
Kelly Darling-Snow brings her rock & pop group to the Mole ! “The Kelly Project ” features Todd Tousley on guitar, Skip Howard on the kit, keyboardist Dave Marazoff and Charlie Pratt on bass.
Toy Drive! Kelly and Mole Hill Theatre are also using this event to brighten the holiday for area children. Guests are encouraged to bring a new, unwrapped toy to the event; the toys will be given to homeless shelters for distribution to children in need. Those who donate will be entered in a raffle for a gift basket.
$13 cover ~ byob ‘n’ snacks ~ no hard liquor

Gilsum Rocks Vote With 63% Participation Rate (Click for results)

Give yourselves a pat on the back: Gilsum voters turned out in force on November 6 when 368 out of 583 registered voters came to the polls yesterday at the Gilsum Elementary School and Community Center. That participation rate, 63% of all eligible voters in Gilsum, is well above the 40% average for mid-term elections.

And Gilsum set another record: When a representative from the State of NH Attorney’s General Office inspected with its Polling Place Checklist, Gilsum was the only community in our region to get a perfect score, says Robin Cantera, Clerk. Congratulations to the team: Sarah Jones, Angy Lombara, April Frazier, Martha Tenney, Nancy Mitchell, Ed Jacod, Jane Ballou, Ray Britton, Bill Whyte, Tim May, and the other volunteers and town officials who made the process a smooth one for Gilsum voters.

Fast facts about Gilsum voters:

Total registered voters: 583
Democrats: 160
Republicans: 175
Independents: 248

Percent turnout: 63%
New voters: 30
Absentee ballots cast: 16

Individual election results

A red star indicates the overall election winners. The only candidate to lose in Gilsum and go on to win the election was Andru Volinsky for Executive Council. He lost in Gilsum by 9 votes.

Annual Pet Blessing October 6 – All Welcome!

Join the Gilsum Congregational Church when it holds its annual pet blessing on Saturday, October 6th at 12 noon on the front lawn of the Church. Refreshments will be served – and treats for the animals! Rev. Jim Berry will preside. Has your pet passed? Bring your favorite photo and Pastor Berry will offer the blessings. Be sure to keep your furry friends on a leash or pet carrier!