Touch a Truck!

A Family Event-Sunday July 29th 10-3, Gilsum Steam Academy, 640 Rte 10 Gilsum

Come enjoy a hands on experience with some cool cars and trucks and oth fun family Activities

$5 a person or $20 for a family

American Legion Cook Out

Treats from Sweet Confections and Kona Ice

Sponsored by Monadnock Ford to Benefit Gilsum Rec’s Before and Afterschool Program

for more info email


Bingo for Adults- Free

It’s time! Gilsum Recreation’s Summer Adult Bingo Night will be held THIS Saturday (July 14) at the Gilsum Church!
The sun doesn’t set until 8:26 on Saturday! Who cares whether or not we get a random thunder boom? Not us NEW ENGLANDERS!  We shall laugh because it adds to the evening excitement AND our theme!
 Adult Bingo by Gilsum Rec starts at 6:00 and everything you need is provided. Never played?  No problem! Gilsum bingo nights are VERY newbie friendly! We’ll see to it that you have all the help you need.
Don’t forget:  Volunteers at the church graciously open up a special ‘Bingo Night Snack Bar’ so come early & grab dinner for a great price.  It is STEAMED HOT DOG SEASON!  They will also be selling fresh club roll plates, home baked goodies, fresh fruit salad & drinks at very reasonable prices! Your business helps them give back to the community of Gilsum.  They will be ready to serve you by 5:45 pm.
Gilsum Bingo Night is FREE and open to all adult Gilsum residents age 18 and over.  Your adult guest is always welcome to join you!  Please invite your neighbor as well.  This email reminder list is limited to those we possess currently.

Native New Hampshire Gemstones and Gold on Display at the Gilsum Rock Swap

Toveco ( will be displaying native natural New Hampshire gold / gemstone jewelry during the Gilsum Rock Swap & Mineral Show on June 23-24. Owner James Tovey says he’ll be showing  raw gold from the Moosilauke watershed in the Warren and Benton area, and gemstone material is from the Tripp Mine in Alstead.

“All the gold was collected by my prospecting friends, Peter Cram and Dale Carlson, and myself.” Tovey cut the gemstones and cast the jewelry findings himself, and did all of the stone setting and finish work. The pendant and aquamarine ring are completely New Hampshire-native jewelry pieces. The photos here represent about 35 years of design work, and 1 1/2 years of learning the casting process and mastering a 3d printer, Tovey says.

“I started by carving wax models by hand for the first castings. But that was just not sensible with the modern tools that are out there. The problem was there was no-one I could find to teach me how to use a 3-D printer to produce good casting models. The casting models have to handle the investment burn-out cycle and leave a good casted detail and finish. So it took a lot of self learning and checking out U-tube for bit of information.”

Casting silver is straightforward because Tovey uses standard casting grains. “But casting NH gold is different because I use it as found,” he says.

The purity of New Hampshire gold ranges from 20 to 93 percent. The secondary material in the gold is silver, so alloying the gold has been a challenge, Tovey says. As for an example the pendant is 15K, the Aqua ring is 16K and the tourmaline ring is 17K. To determine the carat weight he has them tested with an X-ray fluorescence spectrometer, an x-ray instrument used for the chemical analyses of rocks and minerals. “I’m making progress on a process for alloying New Hampshire gold.

 “Gold prospecting pushed me to start casting jewelry findings. This has become a very enjoyable endeavor,” Tovey says. To find out more, visit him in space #33 at the Gilsum Rock Swap & Mineral Show.


Summer Camp

Gilsum Rec will be offering an 8 week summer camp at the school.  Camp will run from June 18th until August 10th, 7-3 with after care available from 3-5:30 pm. Camp is $100 a week with an additional $10 for after care. Camp is open to children entering Kindergarten through 6th grade in the fall.  For more information and to get a registration form please email or call Mary Monroe at 603-439-0797 or Ralph Jernberg at 603-209-0700.