Blessing of the Pets October 14

Gilsum Congregational Church will hold its annual Blessing of the Pets on Saturday, October 14th at 10 AM on the church lawn. Reverend Jim Berry will have treats on hand for your dog or cat, as well as for their owners! Come join the fun with your dog or cat. This event is open to both children and adults.

The Hope Diamond and Marlow, New Hampshire

Wednesday, October 18 at 7 pm the Historical Society of Cheshire County will host a screening of a 1921 silent film as part of its New Hampshire Film Series. The program is co-sponsored by the Marlow Historical Society. The Hope Diamond Mystery is based on the life story written by May Yohé who lived for a time in Marlow, New Hampshire. In 1894 Yohé, an American musical theater actress, married Lord Francis Hope and possessed the Hope Diamond. She divorced Lord Francis in 1902, and Lord Francis later sold the diamond to pay off debts.

The Hope Diamond Mystery was a fifteen-part serial about “the most sinister jewel in history.” A curse follows the diamond bringing tragedy and heartbreak to all who possess it. In the forty-minute episode to be shown at the Historical Society, Boris Karloff stars in his first major screen role as the Hindu servant Dakar.

At the Historical Society’s screening Larry Benaquist – film maker and Keene State College professor – will talk about the history of the film. Local historian Tracy Messer will talk about May Yohé and her connections to Marlow, New Hampshire.

The Historical Society of Cheshire County is located at 246 Main Street in Keene. The organization has been collecting, preserving, and communicating the history of Cheshire County for 90 years. The Society puts on about 150 programs each year to help people of all ages “find their place in history.” For more information, visit or call 603.352.1895.

Gilsum Community Dinner-FREE

The 3rd Gilsum Community Dinner will be held this Saturday, August 19, at 5 PM on the church lawn.  Propel Entertainment will provide entertaining music, Top of the Hill Grill (as last year) will be grilling chicken and offering a selection of side dishes.  There will also be a variety of ice cream for dessert.
This is a great community event sponsored by the Gilsum Recreation Committee, Gilsum Public Library and Gilsum Historical Society.
Don’t miss this free evening of music, laughter, good food and presentation of “Gilsum Citizen of the Year” award.

Gilsum Recreation, Summer Camp

Do you know what continent Madagascar is a part of? How much you could pack on a covered wagon? Can you make your own toothpaste or build a lego bridge that will hold 8 pounds?  Campers in the Gilsum Rec summer program have been exploring these questions and more over the last few weeks.  Each week has focused on a different theme such as Around the World, Time Travelers, Disney Week, Artful Antics & STEAM.  The final week of camp will be Messy Olympics, wrapping up a summer of fun and learning. The Gilsum Recreation Committee is happy to support the Summer Camp program.

Thank you from Gilsum 6th Graders

Gilsum Recreation Committe sponsored the attendance of  Gilsum 6th grade class to the Ferry Beach Ecology School. The class said thank you with these beautifully hand painted pots and flower and vegetable seeds. These gifts were happily received by Recreation Committee members at the June committee meeting as they prepared for the 53rd Annual Rock Swap & Mineral Show.

The Gilsum Library Book Club

This Month’s Bookclub selection is:

by Louise Penny

Chief Inspector Armand Gamache of the Surêté du Québec and his team of investigators are called in to the scene of a suspicious death in a rural village south of Montreal. Jane Neal, a local fixture in the tiny hamlet of Three Pines, just north of the U.S. border, has been found dead in the woods. The locals are certain it’s a tragic hunting accident and nothing more, but Gamache smells something foul in these remote woods, and is soon certain that Jane Neal died at the hands of someone much more sinister than a careless bowhunter.
Still Life introduces not only an engaging series hero in Inspector Gamache, who commands his forces—and this series—with integrity and quiet courage, but also a winning and talented new writer of traditional mysteries in the person of Louise Penny.

Join us at June 27th 7:00 pm to discuss this great book.
BYOB and snacks to share.
The first 1/2 hour will be devoted to the book discussion
For more information contact Karen Hastings at
Home # 352-1401
Home email:

New in Town: Meet the Sundaramurthy Family

The Sundaramurthy family from left to right: Angela, Franky, Seth, Glory, Daniel, Grace, Cassie, and Sonny.

Angela and Sonny Sundaramurthy recently moved from Virginia to a Victorian home in Gilsum with their six children. Their new home, which is a short walk from Gilsum Elementary School, was at one time the home of the Bear Den Inn. In addition to six children, the family has a multitude of pets.
Although they spent 12 years in Virginia, Sonny and Angela are natives to the Northeast, he from New Hampshire and Mass., she from Albany, New York. They married in 2001, and traveled the world with the US Navy, in which Sonny serves, and settled in Virginia. “We were very happy in Amherst, Virginia, and almost made that our permanent home. But we decided to move back to the Northeast to be closer to family in New York, New Hampshire, Vermont, Maine and Mass., making Gilsum our ‘Middle of Everywhere,” Angela says.

Sonny telecommutes to the Pentagon as a contractor, and also serves in the US Navy Reserve. “Due to the move, I resigned from my multitude of odd jobs: worship leader, gymnastics teacher, and my small business doing sewing alterations and repairs,” Angela says.

The family’s interests include farm animals, hiking, music, history, politics, creative arts, books, “and we are very social,” says Angela. Their individual interests include electronics, car repair, interior painting, fishing, sewing, music videos, basketball, manga, gymnastics, dance, fixing things, parkour, dinosaurs, and hobby trains.

If you see us out and about, please say hello,” Angela says. You can also friend her on Facebook at