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American Legion Auxiliary will be open for business at Gilmanton Old Home Day

GILMANTON — On August 9, the Gilmanton American Legion Auxiliary, Ellis-Geddes-Levitt Unit 102 ,ll be "Open For Business" at Gilmanton's 116th Old Home Day.

The auxiiary invites people to enjoy home-made food delights and sign their guest book in which they'll find old friends from near and far.

There will also be a raffle. First prize is a basket filled to the brim with home goods to complement and "comfortize" your home. Second prize is a beautiful hand-crafted afghan. This year's colors are a blend of variegated grays resulting in a very beautiful and warm accent. For a third prize this year, the Auxiliary is very pleased to offer a hand-painted Lupine Tea Set. Visitors can view the progress on our Veterans at Rest in Gilmanton project. All Veterans should receive the honor of recognition for their service and this honor should extend to their final resting place. This project will record Veteran burials within the community so that the Gilmanton Legion may place an American Flag at the grave each spring. Since public records on veteran burials are incomplete, we are asking the public to share information with us on Veterans buried in Gilmanton, both recent and older burials, including name, burial location and other relevant information that may be available.


Last Updated on Friday, 01 August 2014 09:11

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Alton Old Home Weekend is Aug. 9 & 10

ALTON — The Alton Historical Society is sponsoring two events for Alton's Old Home festivities taking place during the weekend of Aug. 8-10.

The society will host an open house at its historic 1885 J. Jones & Son railroad freight building on Depot Street, next to the Alton B&M Railroad Park, on Saturday, Aug. 9, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. The public is welcome to tour the museum and enjoy the day with entertainment by the Barbershoppers in the afternoon.

On Sunday, Aug. 10, from noon to 3 p.m. the society will host an open house and old-fashion hometown family picnic, also at the J. Jones & Son freight building. Hot dogs, hamburgers, chips and soda will be served. Gary James from radio station WASR will be broadcasting live.


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"The Hurricane of 1938", Featuring Shira Gladstone at Winni Museum August 6

LACONIA — The Lake Winnipesaukee Museum is hosting a lecture, "The Hurricane of 1938", featuring Shira Gladstone on Wednesday, August at 6th at 7 p.m.

The New England Hurricane was the first major hurricane to strike New England since 1869. The hurricane struck on September 21, 1938. With wind, floodwaters and fire, it was one of the most powerful and destructive storms to ever hit New England.

This lecture is free for members and for non members there will be a $5 fee. Call 366-5950 to RSVP. We are located on Route 3 in Laconia, next to Funspot.

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Mardi Gras Theme for Belmont Old Home Day

BELMONT — Jazz music will fill the air over Belmont Village on Saturday, August 9 as the town celebrates Mardi Gras. The Old Home Day Committee has a special day planned with two live jazz bands, challenging races, lively parade, children's games, community showcase, and a spectacular evening fireworks display.

The morning begins with a traditional flag raising ceremony by local Boy Scouts at 8 am, while vendors start pouring in to the municipal parking lot near the Belmont Library. The First Baptist Church will be hosting a Pancake Breakfast in the Senior Center, which is on the 2nd floor of the Belmont Mill building, starting at 7 am.

The biggest change to Old Home Day activities this year is that we are starting our challenging Belmont 10-Mile Road Race earlier with a time of 8:30 am. This should allow for a "cooler" run through the back roads of Belmont and give athletes and their families more time to enjoy our other offerings of the day. Our Tioga Fun Run, a one and a half mile course through Belmont Village, will start at 9 am. Both races start on Concord St. near Belmont Garage and finish on Main St. near the Town Hall. Registration forms for the 10-Mile are on the Town of Belmont's website at http://www.belmontnh.org/belmontoldhomeday.asp. "Day of" registrations are also accepted for both races.

A 3-piece jazz band, Soggy Po' Boys (www.soggypoboys.com), will provide entertainment for all ages near our historic bandstand, while the younger crowd enjoys the children's games and other ever-popular Pedal Tractor Pull nearby. The  colorful parade will take over Main St. at 1 pm. This year's theme is "Mardi Gras", so be on the lookout for volunteers handing out traditional beads to get everyone in the spirit.

The Fire Department is hosting a chicken BBQ at the fire station starting at 5pm.  Following the BBQ, Bryant Field on Rte. 106 will start to come alive with evening entertainment. Vertical Dreams will be there with their portable climbing wall, no fee charged. Traditional children's games are always a hit with "children" of all ages. Bring a blanket, tempt your taste buds with yummy treats, toss a beach ball around, and enjoy the highly-acclaimed jazz band, Small Change (https://www.facebook.com/SmallChangeBand). The evening wraps up with our spectacular fireworks display around 9:30 pm.

Those interested in vendor space or who have other questions, can contact Shana Agan at (603) 998-3525 or Gretta Olson-Wilder at (603) 524-2782.

Last Updated on Friday, 01 August 2014 08:40

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