Halloween Hike-Family Friendly Event

All Ages Welcome Family Friendly Event
Join us on a spooky walk to Porcupine Falls. Follow the jack-o-lantern lit trail to the waterfall where a story will be told. Keep an eye open for creatures and monsters lurking in the depths of the woods. Upon return from the hike join the Witch of Calhoun Forest for some refreshments around a fire pit. 
Date: October 19thTime: 5:30 pm Location: End of White Brook Road, Gilsum NH
Costumes encouraged by all attendants! 

Event Sponsored by the Gilsum Recreation Committee and the Monadnock Conservancy

Interim Selectman

The Select appointed Mark Farkas to serve as interim Select-board member until the March election. There will be two vacancies at that time. One for a three year term and one for a two year term to take up the interim position that Mark Farkas will have served. 

Gilsum Old HOme Day Aug 17th

Schedule of Events

  • 9:30 Fishing Derby – If you are 16 or younger, come join us at the Frog Pond! Who will catch the Big One??
  • 11:00 Parade – Route 10 to Frog Pond, up Main Street , down Memorial Street Participants- walkers/bikers assemble at the library at 10:30 Motorized vehicles assemble at the school at 10:30
  • 12:00 Toddler Time-Out Band – Wee ones wanted! Come join our fun band and play for the audience! Toddler-friendly instruments provided. Look for the band sign!
  • 12:30 Animal Calling Contest – Calling all animal callers! Think you sound just like a moose or a barred owl? A peeper or a bullfrog? How about a wild turkey or a duck? Maybe your skills lean more toward the barnyard variety. Best mimics win!
  • 1:00 Martial Arts Demonstration – Find local resident Vin Sodders, owner of Golden Phoenix School of Chinese Martial Arts, near the church!
  • 2:00 Bubble Gum Cloud Race – Cloudy with a chance of bubblegum?? Whose (whipped cream) cloud will produce the first bubble? Two races: Ages 12 & under and another for ages 13 & up!
  • 3:00 New England Baked Bean Contest – Enter your best baked beans to win a HANDMADE BEANPOT!
  • 3:30 Cobbler Contest – Enter your favorite cobbler to win a 12″ CAST IRON COBBLER PAN!
    • 1. Make your favorite dish for entry. *Must be homemade*
    • 2. Place your entry in a non-descript disposable container.
    • 3. Deliver enough of your dish to be sampled by our 4 judges to the church by 2:30pm Please do not bring large quantities -They can only eat so much!
    • 4. Baked Bean judging is at 3:00pm. Cobbler judging is at 3:30pm.
    • 5. There will be 1 winner selected for Baked Beans and 1 winner selected for Cobbler
    • 6. Entries will be judged on: Flavor, Texture/consistency & Appearance
  • 5:00 Sheep vs Pigs – Shelter the sheep or pen the pigs…Will the farmers or shepherds get the job done? Last game of the day before the evening festivities begin – come join the fun!
  • 5:30 Citizen of the Year – Who will it be?? Come recognize the Gilsum Citizen of the Year!
  • 6:00 Dancing on Main Street with The Scripts – Come enjoy the sounds of this local band. Glowsticks included!
  • 9:00 21 Gun Salute – Dedicated to local veterans and service members – past and present – who have sacrificed so much for us all. Please join us in honoring them in quiet reflection during the salute.
  • 9:05 Fireworks! – Bring a chair and enjoy the fireworks from Main Street to close out Old Home Day!

25¢ Games – Teens to Seniors Fun to watch – even more fun to play!

  • 1:30 Stack Attack – Beverage cup showdowns!
  • 2:30 Nose Dive – Dip, nod, shake, or wiggle? What’s your strategy to win?
  • 4:00 Noodle Doodle – Take command of your unruly pasta!
  • 4:30 Fruit Picker – Select and deliver your fruit by air!

Ongoing Events

  • 10:00 Car Show – On Church Street just past the Fire Station. Come admire these beautiful cars!
  • after the parade-3:00 – Dunk Tank – Sponsored by the Gilsum Village Store. Who’s going to get dunked next??
  • after the parade -5:00 – 50/50 Raffle – On the church lawn. Winner announced around 5:15!
  • 1:00 Chalk Art – Come draw on the street all you want in a safe, closed off area! Make a MASTERPIECE!
  • 1:00 Kiddie Duck Pond – Find two matching ducks in our special duck pond and win a prize!

Other Happenings

  • Visit the various booths! Face painting, vendors, clubs, crafts, information!
  • Visit the blacksmith shop on Church Street for demonstrations! Listen for announcements of times to visit the Historical Society museum!
  • Cornhole and other pick up games!


  • Join the Legion on Church Street for hamburgers and hot dogs for lunch or dinner! –
  • Gilsum Congregational Church will have ice cream available!
  • The Historical Society will have popcorn and lemonade!

Select Board Vacancy

Ray Briton has resigned as Selectman.

The remaining Selectmen, Tim May and Bill Whyte, are required by law to appoint an interim select person to serve until the next Town election. 

They have two qualified residents who have come forward and are willing to serve but want to inform Gilsum residences and give other Gilsum residents the opportunity to apply or to comment.

If interested contact Bill Whyte billw@badgerbalm.com or Tim May may.tim@myfairpoint.net


Description: Learn how to play this popular sport, which combines elements of badminton, tennis, and table tennis! Admission is free and all materials are provided. All levels welcome. This event takes place in the gymnasium. Sponsored by the Gilsum Recreation Committee.

Adult Bingo

Date: July 27

Time: 6 PM

Location: Gilsum Congregational Church

Coordinator: Lenoir Law and Lisa Gallagher

Signup: Not required.

Description: More than $400 in prizes. Free! Open to all Gilsum Residents age 18 and up. Refreshments available courtesy of Gilsum Congregational Church. Sponsored by the Gilsum Recreation Committee.

For more information: Visit the Gilsum Community Facebook Page and go to Events. https://www.facebook.com/events/2826244234267808/or Lenoir lenoir.nesaccess@gmail.com or Lisa lisa.mgal@yahoo.com

Calligraphy Workshop

Date: July 14th

Time: 2 – 6 PM

Location: Gilsum Congregational Church

Coordinator: Virginia

Signup Info:  virginia.clark1@gmail.com

Description: Learn the art of calligraphy with Jorika Stockwell of Putney, VT. All materials provided. Free to all Gilsum residents, but pre-registration is required, and space is limited to 12. Each participant will leave with two greeting cards they have hand lettered over a watercolor wash, and a water brush pen. This event sponsored by the Gilsum Recreation Committee.

For more information: Visit the Gilsum Community Facebook Page and go to Events.

Succulent Plant Workshop

Date: June 4

Time: 6 PM

Location: Julie’s Garden, Gunn Road, Keene, New Hampshire 03431

Coordinator: Virginia

Signup: Gilsum Community Facebook Page / Events. https://www.facebook.com/events/353922895247822/

Description: Pick out your favorite succulent and learn how to pot it and care for it in your home! All materials included. This is a free event but space is limited/available on a first-come, first served basis. Registration required. Sponsored by the Gilsum Recreation Committee.

Felting Workshop

Date: May 25

Time: 1:00 PM

Location: Gilsum Congregational Church

Coordinator: Georgia Cassimatis

Registration link: Eventbrite


Description: In this month’s Gilsum craft activity, work with Marcy Schepker as she teaches the way of the wool. Each person will each take home their own creation. This is a free event but space is limited. Registration required. Sponsored by the Gilsum Recreation Committee.

Marcy Schepker is a teaching artist since the age of 15, using fiber as her medium to create tapestries. She works on commissions, personal initiatives and facilitates group projects in a variety of settings throughout America. She has a cottage industry refashioning recycled sweaters into animals, blankets and garments for the past 20 years. Marcy is a juried member of the League of NH Craftsmen and on the Visiting Artist Roster of the New Hampshire State Council on the Arts.