By Wilma Felton-Gray
If you didn’t attend the Guilford Historical Society Annual Dinner, Oct. 7th at the Old Mill Restaurant in Rockwells Mills, you were one of the very few and here’s what you missed.
98 folks attended the annual dinner to celebrate the first historic district for the Town of Guilford (Rockwell Mills). Attendees were, not only GHS members, but local residents, friends, guests and NYS representatives. Donna Ford, owner and chef, her mom and the staff of the Old Mill did an excellent job of preparation and service for the entire dinner, as usual.
The program for the evening consisted of a power point show by Tom Gray, Guilford Town Historian, highlighting the society’s year’s activities. The group honored a very special gentleman, Victor Sibley, who has volunteered his time, energy, and equipment to restore the abandoned Gospel Hill Cemetery in Guilford. Honored members were Geri Haynes, Ward Howe, and Mike Wade. All who have contributed their time and talents to the society.
New York State dignitaries participating were Jessie Ravage, researcher and consultant, Kathleen LaFrank of New York State Dept. of Parks and Recreation, Rod Decker, assistant to Assemblyman Clifford Crouch and Guilford Town Supervisor, George Seneck. Kathleen LaFrank presented the certification of Rockwells Mills to Supervisor Seneck. Also acknowledged were Tom Gray, Town Historian and the Guilford Historical Society’s participation in the project. Jessie Ravage was acknowledged for her part as hired consultant to prepare the paperwork needed to send to the State. Rod Decker, stand in for Cliff Crouch presented a citation from the New York State Assembly in honor of Rockwell Mills designation.
It was an unforgettable night of celebration for the Town of Guilford and Guilford Historical Society.
To explain what you missed in dining, I am very sorry I cannot describe the dinner experience and the delectable mouth watering dishes that were served. But if you make a reservation to dine at the Old Mill Restaurant on Route 8, just north of Mount Upton, you will have a pretty good idea of the experience and you won’t go home hungry.