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Come light up Alton on Saturday

by Tim Croes
Staff Writer - The Baysider
November 28, 2012
ALTON — On Saturday, Dec. 1, the town of Alton will be busy with activities throughout the day and the evening will end with the lighting of the Christmas tree in Ginny Douglas Park.

The Alton Centennial Rotary Club will be hosting its second annual Holiday Gift Fair from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. at Alton Central School. More than 30 local artisans will offer handmade and locally produced gifts.

Other events throughout the day and evening include a visit with Santa Claus and children's craft social sponsored by the Little Pesaukees Playgroup at Alton Town Hall from 5 to 6:15 p.m., a holiday hayride from 5 to 6:30 p.m. leaving from Monument Square, sponsored by Alton Home and Lumber Center, with hot cocoa sponsored by Profile Bank and complimentary five-minute massages from 5 to 6:30 p.m. by Alton Therapeutic Message and homemade baked goods from Mountain Bread & Preserves, LLC.

Some other events include a performance by Just Love to Sing! from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. at Monument Square, along with Dickens Carolers in front of town hall and performances by the Alton Dance Academy at 5, 5:30 and 6 p.m.

From 4 to 6:30 p.m. an open house, hosted by the Alton Historical Society (AHS), will be held at the J. Jones & Son Freight Building on Depot Street behind Alton Town Hall. Since 2006, the AHS members have been restoring this former railroad freight warehouse.

Now that the oldest half of the building has been completed and is being set up with displays of the society's growing collection of artifacts it is time to invite visitors in for a look at just what that big long building adjacent to the B&M Railroad Park is.

It was originally built in 1885 by Jeremiah Jones and his son Hebert, who together owned the J. Jones & Son Store in Monument Square. The freight house acted as a warehouse to store large freight shipped by the railroad, which had tracks along side the building.

The building was donated to the AHS by Bud Lantz in 2005. The Alton Historical Society is restoring the building with the help of grants from the NH Charitable Foundation, NH Electric Co-op Foundation and Meredith Village Savings Bank, also monetary donations, material donations and fundraisers.

The night will end with sing along caroling from 6:15 to 6:30 p.m. with Carolyn Schaeffner, Santa Claus and community members at Ginny Douglas Park and the tree lighting at 6:30 p.m.

For more information, contact the Alton Parks and Recreation Department at 875-0109 or by parksrec@alton.nh.gov. Alton Parks and Recreation thanks the Alton Business Association for lighting the tree at Ginny Douglas Park.

Tim Croes can be reached at tcroes@salmonpress.com or 569-3126

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