Thursday, July 31, 2014

Londonderry, New Hampshire Old Home Days 2014

2013 Old Home Day militia drill at the Londonderry Historical Society's Parmenter barn
Londonderry's 115th annual Old Home Days Celebration will be held August 13  - 17th this year.  Wednesday the 13th is the 8th annual Senior Night, with a an old fashioned cookout at the Lion's Hall pavillion followed by a concert on the common by the Windham Swing Band.  Thursday the 14th is the popular Kids Night with activity tables by local youth organizations, entertainment starting at 5:30 until 8pm, snacks, and loads of fun.  Following Kids Night will be the Movie Mania with movies for ages 12 and up starting at 9pm.   Friday the 15th is the annual Police vs Firefighters softball game at the Matthew Thornton School field at 6pm followed by a concert and fireworks.

The big day is Saturday, August 16th, starting at 8am with the 5k footrace.  You can participate or watch starting on Mammoth Road at the Grange Hall, south to Peabody Row, onto Buttrick Road and back to the Grange Hall for the finish.  Registration starts at 6:45 at the High School.  Following this is the parade at 10:30 rain or shine, starting at the high school, following Mammoth Road to Mack's Apples.

Following the parade there are events at two venues.  First is the Londonderry Historical Society Museum complex on Pillsbury Road.  There will be tours of the Morrison House, the barn, the blacksmith shop and the newly erected carriage shed by members of the Historical Society.  Also on the grounds will be the colonial re-enactors encampment and militia.  They will be shooting off cannons, drilling the children, and demonstrating colonial era cooking and crafts.  There will be a farmer's market, crafts booths, food, music and children's games.

Just a short walk up Pillsbury road to the town common and you will find the booths sponsored by local organizations and businesses featuring food, drinks, games and activities.  The bandstand will have entertainment all afternoon with Londonderry Sings and Applestock, and the Lions will have their annual barbecue.

Sunday August 17th will be an ecumenical church service on the common, followed by a picnic and a Christian Concert.  In case of rain, this event will take place in the Matthew Thornton School gym.

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