February 1, 2023

VetsFest in Guilford next Saturday

VetsFest is being held next Saturday from noon to 10 p.m. at the Martin Bishop (Fireman’s) field at 91 Long Hill Rd. in Guilford.

A great line-up of bands is scheduled and there will also be a raffle with some wonderful prizes.  Between noon and 4 p.m., the event will be “family-centric” and include Touch-a-Truck, an ambulance and a genuine race car.

All proceeds from the event will go towards constructing a new building for the Guilford VFW.  The existing VFW Building is in very poor condition. The rental of the existing building serves as the primary source of revenue to pay utility bills, and fund in and out of town community projects involving veterans and others in need.
Three years ago, the two boilers providing heat to the building were on their last legs.  VFW Hall Commander Larry Santamaria asked for the assistance of Stephen Spurrell of Neighborhood Builders, Inc (NBI) of Guilford. Further inspection uncovered many leaks, rotting wood, and no building insulation.

The repairs that were essential were overwhelming and did not justify the investment in a structure that has so many other problems.  At this meeting the idea was conceived to demolish the building and replace it “At No Cost To The Veterans.”

Local architects, a structural engineer, and land surveyor have already donated their services.  NBI will complete all of the plan development and construction management, at no cost.  A plan is in place along with Town approvals from Planning & Zoning, Zoning Board of Appeals, and Wetlands to build a post and beam style structure, including state of the art equipment, on substantially the same footprint.

Click here for more information and a full line-up of bands.