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Wakefield Pride Day is Saturday May 15

May 13, 2010
WAKEFIELD —Get on your stars and strips together, as Wakefield Pride Day will be held on Saturday, May15 and the theme is a Patriotic Salute.

The celebration happens to fall on the same day as Armed Forces Day, said Pride Day Chair Chris Racine. There will be a contingent of veterans in the parade and Racine hopes the vendors will decorate in patriotic fashion.

"We're asking everyone to keep our veterans and active military personnel in mind," said Racine.

The day begins with a Pancake Breakfast sponsored by Heritage Commission at the Poor People's Pub from 7:30 to 9 a.m. Tickets are $4 for adults and $2 for children. Then stroll the downtown at 9 a.m. for crafts, food, and games. Until 3 p.m., the Parks and Recreation will have a duck pond, sand art, and a basketball shoot.

Meanwhile, tots can play in a bounce house sponsored by Hazel MacBrien Nursery School from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Older folks may want to participate in a silent auction at the town hall from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. Don't miss the pony rides and performances by JuJuBee the clown, both of these events run from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The fabled Bearded Wonders, who include selectman Mark Duffy, will be shorn at 10:30 a.m. at Lino's Restaurant. The Bearded Wonders have been raising money for VNA/Hospice of Southern Carroll County.

Then at 11:15 a.m., the Chamber of Commerce will honor Wakefield's Citizen of the year, Paul Winckler, along with the Pride Day Prince and Princess. Winckler, the prince and princess, and a whole bunch of other people will participate in the Wakefield Pride Day Parade, which starts at noon. Anyone who wishes to be in the parade should meet at Paul School at around 10 a.m., said Racine who noted High Street will be closed from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.

After the parade, there will be musical performances by Manchuku and the Lake City Sound Quartet. Gambling and seafood aficionados should really enjoy the Greater Wakefield Chamber of Commerce's Lobster Raffle, which offers the opportunity to win $100 worth of lobster for $2.

From 2 to 4 p.m. there will be a self-guided historical tour starting at the Spinney Meeting House on Route 109. Other sites are Lovell Union Grange, Little Red School House, Wakefield Library, and the First Congregational Church.

The day ends with a roast pork supper hosted by Wakefield Fire and Rescue at the fire station from 5 to 7 p.m. The meal includes salad, bread, and dessert. The price for adults is $7. The price for children is $3.

The Carroll County House of Corrections will handle the clean up.

Varney Smith
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