By Paul Conyers
The Londonderry Old Home Day Committee met on July 11 to prepare for the town’s annual summer celebration.
Old Home Day begins on the evening of Wednesday, August 16, and events will run through the end of Saturday, August 19, opening with the Senior Picnic at the Pavillion behind the former Lions Hall.
“I’ve added some things that we didn’t have last year to the barbeque: chicken patties, sausages, Sprite, we’re going to lessen the hot dogs and hamburgers to give it a more eclectic mix,” said Senior Affairs Director, Ilona Arndt.
The picnic will open with bingo at 4 p.m. followed by a Concert on the Common for all ages from 7 to 8:30 p.m.
The evening will end with a Kids Movie Night planned to take place starting at 8:30 p.m. at the Londonderry Police Department building. The movie will include ice cream and cotton candy for those who show up.
On Thursday, August 17, the annual “Battle of the Bands” will take place. The event is sponsored by the Londonderry Music Department.
Serge Beaulieu outlined the Battle of the Bands, “Anybody who wants to have a band perform just registers online and we’ll get that all worked out.”
The battle will take place on the Town Commons, with the High School cafeteria as an alternative location in case of rain.
On Friday, August 18, four activities will take place.
The evening starts with the Police and Fire Department softball game at the field behind Matthew Thornton at 4 p.m. A concert featuring the Scott Spalding Band as well as the return of the food truck alley will take place behind the high school from 6 to 9:30 p.m.
According to Kirby Brown, there will be “20 trucks,” with a call for more savory food trucks from the Committee. There will also be a smaller assortment of food trucks on the last day of the celebration.
The evening will end with an Atlas Fireworks show, tentatively scheduled for around 9 p.m. or whenever it is dark enough.
On Saturday, August 19, starting at 8:30 a.m., the annual Baby Contest will kick off the day, followed by the Old Home Day Parade starting at 10:15 a.m. The starting point for the parade has a new location.
“I’ve been working with fire and police, and we’re going to change the location of the parade lineup,” said Committee Chair, Katie Sullivan. “We’re changing it because Mammoth Road is complete chaos in the morning trying to get people into the Middle School, it causes a lot of traffic, and we don’t have the manpower.”
The lineup will instead happen at LAFA Fields, where Committee members and first responders hope to have enough room to accommodate in a slightly more isolated location while opening some parking at the Middle School parking lot. Anyone in the parade should arrive between 8 and 9:30 a.m. Participants need to register before Old Home Day and anyone arriving late will not be allowed in the parade.
Booths on the Common, the Adult Den, the Kidz Section, and the Morrison House Museum festivities will open after the parade until the evening, around 5 p.m.
The Morrison House events will include a blacksmith, corn hush dolls, a cannon firing every hour, spinners, weavers, musicians, and others.
The annual Touch-a-Truck event will be moving from Moose Hill to Mathew Thornton Elementary School. Old Home Day will close out with the 5K run and beer fest starting at 6:30 p.m. at the LAFA Complex