Festival of the Hills Planning Documents


Festival of the Hills Planning Documents


Eldridge, George Butler, 1916-1996


Documents pertaining to the planning of Conway's annual Festival of the Hills celebration from the 1970's and 80's, as kept by George Eldridge who served on the festival committees. Includes:
-- May 26, 1972 flyer sent to George Eldridge, Parade Committee, advertising the services of Leapin' Lena, a clown car attraction involving a 1921 Form Model T. Two xeroxed copies of newspaper clippings are attached, of Lena appearing at other shows and parades. No indication if this attraction was hired for that year's festival.
-- May 31, 1972 single page typed (copy) from the Board of Selectmen notifying festival committee members they had been selected and what resources were available.
-- 1972 single page typed form letter on Town of Conway letterhead thanking George and Alice Eldridge for their participation, signed by the Festival Committee.
--Copy of letter-sized sign up form intended for antique and flea market dealers for the antique and flea market sale to be held on Oct. 1st, 1972.
-- Invitation to attend the Aug. 16, 1976 meeting to plan the October festival for that year, signed by the Board of Selectman on Town of Conway letterhead. Letter sized paper, cut in half.
-- Copy of letter dated May 10, 1983 to Fran Lemay of United Savings Bank, asking that the bank flea market not be held on the festival weekend, so as not to draw away festival goers and money that otherwise goes to support the scholarship fund. Signed by Ruth Parnall on behalf of the Festival Committee.
-- Two page typed and stapled form for applying to the Scholarship Merit Award, from 1986.
-- Handwritten note dated May 10, 1986 from Alice Eldridge to 'Ann', informing her that George, in consultation with the committee, has decided to hold the exhibit in the town hall.
-- Three copies of a typed mimeographed form seeking loan of historical items for exhibit at the festival. Date unknown.
-- Two copies of blank letter size pages with b&w Festival of the Hills letterhead. Date unknown.
-- Two page stapled copy of Covered Bridge tee shirts sold from 1983-1986. Second page gives prices and ordering information.
-- Four 3 3/4" square individually numbered tickets for the drawing of a painting by Stephen Maniatty on the Festival of the Hills weekend, that sold for 25 cents ea. or 5 for a dollar. A b&w image of the painting is on the ticket, showing a winter landscape and a barn, possibly Antes or Boyden on Roaring Brook road. Date unknown
-- List of items and names, possibly who was lending items and exhibiting them for the festival. Written in pencil on letter size paper. Date unknown.




1972-1986 ca.


Gift of Alice Eldridge (1912-2008).




CHS. Fair use.








Conway, Mass.




Various, “Festival of the Hills Planning Documents,” Conway Historical Society, accessed June 17, 2019, http://conwaymasshistory.org/items/show/789.