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Sandwich Old Home Week continues with changes


August 13, 2020
SANDWICH — Old Home Week continues through this Sunday with the events looking a bit different this year because of the pandemic.

The 122nd annual Old Home Week started on Sunday, Aug. 9, and will continue through this Sunday, Aug. 16.

"There will be an Old Home Week this year, but it will be different than years' past," Parks and Recreation Director Ole Anderson wrote on the town website. "Old Home Week is Sunday Aug. 9 Aug. 16. We are doing our best to create activities and events for the community to safely engage. Many of the groups who usually offer events and activities are working on dynamic planning in order to deliver a safe and meaningful experience for community members."

To keep events and precautions flexible in case of any increases in COVID-19 numbers, there will not be an official brochure this year. Instead events will be posted on the town website, where they will be confirmed of changed.

"Please know we are doing our best to create safe, fun, and interesting events and activities; however, this means many of the traditional Old Home Week events will not be able to take place this year," Anderson wrote. "Thank you for your patience and cooperation as we work on Sandwich's 122nd Old Home Week."

A listing of events each day can be found on the Sandwich Parks and Recreation page at http://www.sandwichnh.org/departments/parks_and_recreation under the "Old Home Week 2020" tab.

The Sandwich Historical Society will have three new programs that can be done socially distanced or remotely. In place of the Annual Excursion Picnic, there will be some self guided auto tours that are posted on the Sandwich Historical Society Web site, http://www.sandwichhistorical.org. There will be an activity for adults and children based on the "Our Women of Sandwich" exhibition throughout the village and Lower Corner. Adults can take part in a bingo board an kids can do a scavenger hunt.

People can take part in a sidewalk art project through the Sandwich Fairgrounds' gate on Squam Lake Road. The Fair Association will keep the gates open and people can create their own chalk art. There will also be an orienteering activity on the Sandwich fairgrounds. People can follow a map by foot or bike for the course that is around two-miles of walking distance.

Advice to the Players have been presenting their summer show "As You Like It" in Quimby Park with a limited audience that stays socially distanced.

Instead of field day, the Parks and Rec Department is offering a game of Human Connect 4 on Quimby Field on Aug. 13 at 11 a.m.

Sandwich Home Industries will host a youth art show on the Sandwich Green on Thursday, Aug. 13, from noon-5 p.m.

Some traditional Old Home Week activities like the Bob Biddle Adult Tennis Tournament, the horseshoe tournament, the summer town meeting, and others still went on with social distancing. There have also been some remote presentations and concerts.

All events activities can be found on the Old Home Week 2020 page.

Varney Smith
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