A toast from the Bedford Historical Society

To the Editor:

The Bedford Historical Society would like to make a figurative “toast” to everyone who helped to make our second annual “A Toast to the Future to Preserve the Past” Wine Tasting and Silent Auction a huge success once again.

The sold-out event was graciously hosted by EastPoint Executive Park, whose premises were decorated with gorgeous flower arrangements provided by PJ’s Florist. Perfecta Wine’s Colleen Clayton supplied the wine for tasting and The Candia Road Brewery offered tastes of their various crafted beers. In addition, non-alcoholic wines were sponsored by Bedford’s Harvest Market.

Live entertainment was provided by David Moore, of the Moore School of Music, who filled the halls with lively tunes all evening while Manchester’s John Clayton performed the MC duties. Food samplings were provided by Matt Trottier’s restaurant TekNique, Scott Forrester’s bluAqua, Shorty’s Mexican Grill, The Fresh Market and Cupcakes 101. In addition, Bedford’s own Sue Stretch, of Laurel Hill Jams and Jellies, was on hand with her customized- especially-for-the-occasion wine jellies.

Over 125 local businesses donated items, services or gift cards for the silent auction, including personal services from Alchemy Salon, Haircutters Ltd., Salon EiLLO, Preference Salon, The Bedford Nail Spa, A Touch of Nobility and Transformations Face and Body Spa. For the sports lovers, there was a raft of Fisher Cats tickets from Durante Advantage Training, Berkshire Hathaway and Donna Guimond at the Bank of New Hampshire, a golf “foursome” including carts and greens fees at the beautiful Manchester Country Club, tickets to the New Hampshire Speedway for the Camping World and RV Sales 300, a hockey puck autographed by LA Kings goalie and former Olympian Jonathan Quick, plus a flex-pack of tickets for next year’s season from the Monarch Foundation. Quickwater Canoe and Kayak donated an eight-mile kayaking adventure. There were lift tickets from Pat’s Peak and a summer value pass from Cranmore Mountain Resort, plus bowling at Merrimack Ten Pin.

On the cultural side there were tickets to the Palace Theater, the Capital Center for the Arts, the John F. Kennedy Museum, a five-hour house mansion tour from the Preservation Society of Newport, R.I., passes to the deCordova Sculpture Garden, the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum and The Mount. Also represented were the works of a number of local artists, including Jean Tallman, Corrine Trippetti, William Earnshaw, Lucy Corville, Tony Williams, Donna Periera of Pear Tree Studios, and pottery from Lorraine Bauman Pottery and Sibyille’s Pottery. Local crafters were also represented by the Friendship Quilting Guild, handcrafted cutting boards by George Morin, a handmade quilted tote from Dianne Dalpra, and handcrafted crocheted afghan by Jill Guild. Home décor was also well represented with a gift card donation from Ethan Allen, a custom wool runner from Goedecke Flooring and Design, a one hour consultation with Puffin Interiors, a decorative bird house from the Blue Goose, a rustic Bedford sign from Town Clerk Lori Radke, a decorative wall hanging from Grenon’s Trading Post, a framed antique map from Art3 Gallery and two beautiful quilts, one of them featuring the Hungry, Hungry Caterpillar, which came to us all the way from the Connecticut Piecemakers Quilt Guild.

Other unique services were also available to the bidders including a doggie hotel stay and dog walking, from De La Pooch, a photo session from Dachowski Photography with framing by Sullivan Framing, a gift card to Encore Consignment Shop, four hours of electrical work by Kevin Lefebvre, a $100 gift card toward a class at the Manchester Institute of Art and a painting session at the Canvas Roadshow to show off your talent! For the proud new parents (or grandparents) there was a baby photo package from Karen Demoulin Farren at Gallery Portraits and, oh yes, music/voice lessons from NH Tunes!

And then there were the gift baskets: a selection of wine in cute canvas wine bags from The Impeccable Nest, a gardening basket from Bedford Walgreen’s, a Green Tea Time basket from Royal Bouquet, a collection of Pampered Chef items from consultant Mel Pepin, an array of beauty products from Mary Kay consultant Irene Labombarde, a wine and crackers basket from Harvest Market, a breakfast basket from Hannaford’s, a treats basket from The Fresh Market, a collection of Just Naturals best products a pink basket and a purple basket, a collection of Moroccan oil beauty aids from FitSpa and a coffee basket from Dunkin’ Donuts.

Last, but not least was the array of restaurant gift cards: Bedford Village Inn, Buckley’s Great Steaks, The Copper Door, Fratello’s, Picola’s, The Common Man, Dominos, Frederick’s Pastries, Ginza Fine Japanese Cuisine, iHop, La Carreta, The Puritan Backroom, Subway, Yianni’s Pizza. There was something for everyone.

So here’s to you all, our sponsors, our donors and our guests – thanks for your support!


Bedford Historical Society