GILMANTON — The town will hold its 121st Old Home Day on Saturday, Aug. 17, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Smith Meeting House, on Route 140.

The festivities will feature a traditional bean hole dinner with two seatings, at 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m., for a cost of $12.

Old Home Day kicks off at 10 a.m. with the singing of the National Anthem by Hale Kutuk of Gilmanton, and the American Legion raising the flag. A golf cart will be available to anyone with mobility problems.

The Parker Hill Road Band will play bluegrass music from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., and a variety of crafts will be for sale at individual booths, including jewelry, knitted infant hats, primitive cloth and wood items, honey and bee-related products, hand-dyed tee-shirts and caps, handmade whimsical art, garlic products of every description, frames with rock art scenes, lazy Susans, napkin holders, bird feeders, hand-dyed and eco-printed silk scarves, aprons, baby blankets, crocheted sun hats, baked goods and fudge.

There will also be Making Strides Against Breast Cancer 2019 walk information, face-painting, homemade soaps, lotions, candles, wine jellies, dreamcatchers, skin care products, community resources, fuel and electric assistance, a food pantry, herbal tincture, fruit spreads, pickles, relishes, dog scarves, collar covers, scrunchies, bracelets, and machine-carved signs with local themes.

Puppeteer Lindsay and her Puppet Pals will perform at 10:30 a.m. and 1 p.m.

The undercroft of the Meeting House will feature an art show with contributing artists from the area. Look for a display of Gilmanton School children's artwork as well.

For further details on submitting art and dropping off or picking up works, email Betty Mitchell at

Craig Hollingsworth of Netherpast Magic will be performing magic with audience participation, and the Cub Scouts will be offering children's games throughout the day. Tug-of-war contests will begin at 2 p.m.

There will be a silent auction, with an Antique Car Show beginning at 12:30 p.m. 

Admission and parking are free. No dogs are allowed. All proceeds go toward the restoration of the five buildings on the Smith Meetinghouse grounds.

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