As the town of Londonderry nears its 300th birthday, the town will be taking the opportunity to remind those in and around the area that Londonderry still has plenty to offer residents both young and old.
From Aug. 15 to 19, Londonderry will be holding its 119th Old Home Day events, each will provide activities that appeal to all ages and groups, perfectly fitting in with the lively summer season.
Old Home Day originated back in 1899 when it was created by Governor Frank Rollins in response to a decline of the concept of the small farming town in New Hampshire. Rollins formed the event throughout towns across the state to encourage former residents to return to their “old homes” and see that they are still full of life. On top of Londonderry, the event is also held in towns such as Hudson, Cornish, Sandown, Newbury, Northfield, and Pittsburg, just to name a few.
Not only is Old Home Day one of the oldest consecutive celebrations in all of New Hampshire, but Londonderry is “one of the few towns in New Hampshire that consistently holds the event on the same day every year, attracting over 10,000 people,” according to resident Janet Cichocki.
Putting together a five-day-long event is never an easy process, which is why preparation for each iteration begins as soon as the final activity comes to a close. The committee for the event meets once a month at town hall to form ideas, gain the attention of sponsors, and do whatever they can to help make the five days a huge success.
Old Home Day will be kicked-off on Aug. 15 with the Senior Night, which features a Barbeque prepared by the Lions Club and a concert.
The Barbeque is held in the Lion’s Hall Pavilion, and will begin with bingo at 4 p.m., food will be served from 5 – 6:30 p.m.
Following the meal, the Windham Swing Band will play for the attendees in the Town Common from 6:30 – 8 p.m. The event is open to all Londonderry residents and is free to all Londonderry seniors ages 62 or older, but tickets will be required for entry. Tickets will be available at the Londonderry Senior Center or through the Town Hall.
Other events throughout the five days will include:
Kidz Night, on Thursday Aug. 16, on the Town Common, beginning at 5 p.m.
A softball game between Londonderry’s fire and police departments at Matthew Thornton on Friday night, Aug. 17, starting at 6 p.m. followed by a concert at the High School and a fireworks display.
Saturday morning Aug. 18, feature the annual Lundgren 5K Road Race and the annual parade on Saturday, Aug. 18.
Sunday will have a Church Service and Picnic from 10:30 a.m. 2 p.m. on the Town Common.
For more information on the festivities for Old Home Day and the event overall, residents can visit oldhomeday.com.