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Halloween event encounters opposition

October 13, 2021
WOLFEBORO — The Wolfeboro Historical Society came before the Board of Selectmen on Oct. 6 to request approval of a Halloween event to be scheduled between the hours of 4 – 8 p.m. on Oct. 31 at the Clark Museum Complex. Louise Horsken, President of the Board, stated that a number of Halloween themed tableux will be presented for the children to enjoy along with a candy shoot, a popular feature of last year's activities set up by the private citizens.

The plan, said Horsken, is to have the children and their parents enter near the fire house and exit in front of the barn. Around 10 people have volunteered to assist.

John Burt and Bob Tougher, plaintiffs in the recent case against the town's approval of the Farmers' Market to take place in Clark Park on Thursdays throughout the summer, both spoke against allowing the Halloween event. They stated that such an activity goes against the agreement they now have with the town that disallows athletic activities or farmers' market type activities in consideration of Greenleaf Clark's deed which states that the property is "to be used solely as a public park of ornamental and quiet character for restful purposes."

Horsken noted that the Halloween activity is to take place on the Clark Museum Complex grounds. Burt countered that the Complex is part of the deeded land, so the agreement on use of the park applies to that area as well.

Bob Tougher said he expects trick or treating to return to normal this year, with around 500 parents and children making the rounds of Clark Road homes. In his view, an advertised event might increase the number. Foss Field seemed a better venue, he suggested.

Selectman Luke Freundenburg said a lot of planning has already gone into the event.

With Halloween close, he was in favor of holding the event this year, and revisiting it next year.

Selectman Brian Deshaies commented that children are still not vaccinated and the activity would provide an outlet for parents concerned about having a structured activity.

Selectman Dave Senecal moved to approve the event. His motion passed unanimously.

Martin Lord Osman
Salmon Press
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