On September 28, 2013, the Friends of Somersworth, Inc. will host a very special evening of art and antiques.
The 2nd Annual Hidden Treasures will begin with a lively preview reception, followed by a silent auction of
paintings, prints, jewelry, ceramics, small furniture pieces, antiques, and collectibles donated by individuals who have ‘treasures’ they no longer need or want.
Artists can participate by donating a suitable object (an antique, collectible, or an original work of art either our own or another artist’s work you own).
This event is being organized by a group of enthusiastic citizens who wish to see the Hilltop School renovated into artists’ studios, meeting rooms and community space.
All proceeds to benefit the Hilltop re-use project.
If you have items in good condition you are willing to donate, please complete the donation form and return it with your item(s) by September 14, 2013. If you have questions about the event or interested in donating an object, please contact Elizabeth Miller @ Elizabeth@Friendsofsomersworth.com or phone:
Thank you in advance for considering our request. We’re very much looking forward to an evening of fun, fellowship, and art!
Friends of Somersworth
Friends of Somersworth
Annual General Meeting
Join the Friends of Somersworth, Inc.
September 11, 2013 6:00pm
Somersworth High School
an informative, insightful and interactive meeting on the Hilltop School re-use project.
The meeting's purpose is to provide a progress update and next steps for the upcoming year.
Light refreshments will be served.
Somersworth, October 16, 2012 -- In a unanimous vote, the Somersworth City Council voted to approve a $38K capital reserve fund for the reconstruction and rehabilitation of the empty Hilltop School. The status of the school has been at issue for the past three years after the City decided to close the school and build a new elementary school, the Idlehurst School, which opened its doors last year.
Residents of the City began organizing in opposition to any commercial re-use or demolition of the historic building. Initially rejected by a previous City Council, in February of 2012 the community organizers received unanimous City Council approval to form a public-private partnership with the City of Somersworth to explore the re-use of the Hilltop School for the benefit of the whole community. The residents formed the Friends of Somersworth, Inc., (FOS) a non-profit, 501(c)(3) whose mission is “to promote and support awareness of and education in the arts, culture, and sciences in the Hilltop City through community building, historic preservation, and public/private collaboration.” The organization’s focus is to develop the Hilltop school into a center for arts, sciences and culture by renting space to artists and community organizations whose purpose promotes the FOS mission and by providing space for education in the arts, sciences and culture.
Emmett Soldati, Chair of the organization’s Board of Directors noted, “The funding provided by the City is a first step in helping the Friends of Somersworth in its initial fundraising efforts. There’s lots of work to be done, and we are starting on the first floor. We need to raise at least $150,000 to be able to open our doors to the first tenants. We’ve met with experts and have developed a floor plan to create a ceramic arts center on most of the first floor. We are seeking grant funding as well as corporate support.” Anyone can make a tax deductible donation to the Friends of Somersworth by mailing donations to Friends of Somersworth, 109 Main Street, Somersworth, NH 03878. For more information, interested people can subscribe to the organization through its website, www.friendsofsomersworth.com or contact Emmett Soldati at 603-692-0220.