To The Daily Sun,
Our Sanbornton, July 23, Old Home Day enjoyed plenty of attendance and happy faces all around. We owe thanks to so many: The committee that met and did planning since March: Martha Bodwell, Pauline Chabot, Laurie Graham, Justin Barriault, Sheila Kufert, Brad Crosby, Phil Huckins, Jack Robinson, John and Grita Olmstead, Steve Hankard. The Rev. Ruth Martz joined us steadily by e-mail.
Thanks to the cake bakers that supplied a tasty assortment of cakes to be served out with Rock Salt Creamery ice cream and sherbet. Thanks to the many T-shirt sponsors whose donations covered our costs. Our shirt's artistry is many thanks to Kathy Farrington. We have vendors who spent the day with us, and crafters and artists.
Thanks to bus drivers Jonathan from Sant Bani School driving that bus, and Bill from First Student, Tilton, driving that bus. Police Cadets from Boy Scout Explorers were an immense help with parking and traffic control. Thanks to Jack Potter of Sanbornton Historical Society for tracking our finances.
Sanbornton Historical Society's pancake breakfast drew a record attendance. We owe thanks for maple syrup donations and patrons alike, as well as the cooks and servers. Handy to Lane Tavern was "Sanbornton Votes" with tables of literature from both parties, candidates from both parties. Thanks to food vendors that made our Food Court happen for lunches and snacks.
Conservation Commission and Solid Waste Committee both tabled with information. Police did fingerprinting of children and gave out free gun locks. Fire personnel set up a table of information and free kids' fire helmets.
We had money-cards from Market Basket (2), Common Man, Dipsy Doodle that were prizes in the cribbage tournament held by Brad Crosby. Look for it again next year. After three hours of intense competition, Lynn Crosby emerged as the new Sanbornton champion with a score of 832. Second place winner was Marlene Cuthbertson (808). Third place was Mike Poire (801), and fourth place was Karen Ober (790). Thanks to all participants. Special thanks to Fire Chief Paul Dexter and his department for use of the fire station and with setting up. Also a big thank you to American Legion Post 49 of Tilton for providing all the cribbage supplies.
Our Balloon Burst Booth was set up by a helpful fireman and Justin Barriault, providing water-fun for an hour or so, with Selectmen Ober and Olmstead taking the seat on our very hot Saturday. Thank you to Franklin Savings Bank for the loan of their Balloon Burst Booth. We have to thank the heavens for holding off their storm until late that day, though its harsh winds did damage that needed cleaning up. Young John Shea's lemonade stand gave liquid relief to many at the Life/Safety Building. Thank you, Shea family.
Thanks to the Swain family that brought along Lila-the-cow for cowpat bingo once again. Thanks to all in the parade. Of special note, Stev Ahlgren's long rowboat (the Siggy V) with six oarsmen possible (he built this boat from scratch) contained his wife Mary and four of the grandchildren. Bill Tobin pulled his New Hampshire State Seal in the parade, after doing extensive repairs caused by winter weathering.
We saw a young dancer from LIHA, Laconia Indian Historical Association. Starlin Morrison drove his 1939 tractor! Much to enjoy in the parade.
Milly Shaw, in Guy Giunta's convertible, was our parade marshal. Marie Guinta rode along too.
Bands played for us from the gazebo — Moulton Band and New Horizons Band. We loved that rousing music and music a bit nostalgic, too. The library being open for the storyteller and her craft-teaching. Many thanks to Marcia and staff.
Any we've omitted, for your help we are grateful.
Lynn Chong & Dave Witham
Sanbonrton Old Home Day
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