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Old Home Day offers many ways to "Celebrate Bristol"


August 22, 2012
BRISTOL ⎯ Area residents and visitors are invited to come out and "Celebrate Bristol" with a series of fun community-wide events being held from Aug. 23 through Aug. 25.

This family-oriented celebration will kick off on Thursday, Aug. 23 with the final performance of the Bristol Summer Concert Series. The Crunchy Western Boys will entertain young and old alike in the Bristol Shop 'n Save Concert Pavilion in Kelley Park from 6:30 – 8 p.m. This local group of talented musicians was recently named "New Hampshire's Best Americana Band" by New Hampshire Magazine. The Boys crank out original 'crunchy' music along with a sprinkling of interesting covers from traditional to contemporary. Concerts are lawn seating, so bring a chair or blanket. In case of inclement weather the concert will be held in the Old Bristol Town Hall.

Friday, Aug. 24, join the members of the Bristol Fire Department for an open house and spaghetti dinner from 5 to 7 p.m. at the fire station, 85 Lake St. This is a great opportunity to meet your department members and get a close up look at department and equipment and trucks. Cost for the dinner is $10 for adults, $5 for ages five to 12, and ages four & under are free.

On Saturday, Aug. 25, come celebrate community at Bristol's Annual Old Home Day event. This year's event will once again host all the classic elements of an old home day - food, crafters, vendors, music, antique cars, games, fun - and of course all your friends and neighbors will be there to help you celebrate! The day will feature many family-friendly activities at Kelley Park with something for everyone, and while admission is free, some activities will require a nominal fee.

The Saturday activities will kick off early at Kelley Park, with registration for the 5K Road Race at 8:30 a.m., and the race beginning at 9:30 a.m. You can try your luck in the Horseshoe tournament at 10 a.m., but be there to register early, or the competitive – but friendly - Softball Tournament will kick off at 11 a.m.!

From 10:30 a.m. – 4 p.m., you can visit with crafters & vendors in Kelley park, check out antique cars and fire department displays, enjoy pony rides or wagon rides, try out the popular Giant Inflatable Obstacle Course, listen to music and enjoy great food! Back again by popular demand is Water Wars - so prepare to get wet and enjoy!

Local community organizations and businesses will be represented at booths in Kelley Park, along with the crafters. Stop by and say hello to your friends and neighbors, and check out what the Newfound Area has to offer. The Bristol Lions Club will be cooking during the day, but be sure to save room for dinner! The TTCC's Famous Lobster & Chicken dinner goes from 5 – 6:30 p.m. We suggest you buy your tickets ahead of time so you aren't left out! Tickets are available at the Thompson Tapply Community Center, and are $17 for lobster; $14 for chicken; $19 for a combo plate; and $4 for a children's hotdog plate. Dinner entertainment will be provided by Solitary Man.

And last but not least, how about an outdoor movie in the park, followed by some fireworks to top off the day? Bring a chair or blanket and stake out your spot at Kelley Park, as the movie will begin at dusk – around 8:15 p.m. — and the fireworks will launch after the movie has ended.

Anyone seeking more information about the Concerts in Kelley Park, the Fire Department Open House, or Bristol Old Home Day should contact the Tapply-Thompson Community Center at 744-2713. In the event of rain on Saturday, the following schedule will prevail: Road Race will be held rain or shine; the dinner will move indoors to the Tapply Thompson Community Center; and other Old Home Day events from the park will be rescheduled for Oct. 6.

There is something for everyone, a lot of community spirit and a number of fun surprises in store for this three day stretch of activities, so be sure to mark your family calendar and plan to participate. It is a great way to catch up with old friends and neighbors, and to "Celebrate Bristol!"

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