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Old-fashioned fun at Moultonboro Old Home Day

Volunteer Charlene Smith serves strawberry shortcake to Kate Terry and Bill Woodiel of Newburyport, Mass. Erin Plummer. (click for larger version)
August 11, 2010
MOULTONBORO — Old-fashioned fun was the theme for Moultonboro's annual Old Home Day Celebration.

Residents and visitors came out on Saturday to enjoy the bands, food and activities under sunny skies.

This was the Moultonboro Historical Society's fourth year doing Old Home Day.

Historical Society president and event chair Tracy Russett said the Historical Society has traditionally had an event in the first week of August. For the past four years they have had an Old Home Day Celebration to bring more people to town and celebrate the community.

The society previously did a flea market and antique fair, which Society President Mary Lamprey Bare said had been a great success, but the Society wanted to have an event that showcased the town and the four Historical Society buildings.

"We really wanted to show as much of what the Historical Society has to offer besides selling stuff," Lamprey Bare said. "It's a day for old-time fun."

"I think it always brings awareness to the town of Moultonboro," Russett said. "I think visitors and residents in the town of Moultonboro look forward to the first week in August."

Volunteers served hamburgers, hot dogs, strawberry shortcake, and other summer fare to visitors. Several members of the community contributed plates of baked goods for a bake sale that spread over a few tables.

Children could have their faces painted artists Tom Woodward and Jason McKenna. Horseshoes were set up in the back of the building for some horseshoe contests.

Bayswater Books of Center Harbor set up a book sale. Antique car owners brought their cars to the event and displayed them in front of the Historical Society buildings.

Bands including the Thompson Family Band, the Lakes Region Chordsmen, and the Railroad Express and Friends entertained visitors with their unique sounds.

All the historic buildings, including the one-room schoolhouse from Moultonboro Neck, the Grange Hall, the Lamprey House Museum, and the old Town House were also open for visitors.

Artists from around the area displayed their works in the Old Town House. Artists who participated in the show included those from the Patricia Ladd Carega and Surroundings Galleries of Sandwich, and Moultonboro artists Sherry Lively, Barbara Ganem, and Estelle Smith.

"We're very grateful to have the local galleries who have supplied paintings," Ganem said. "It was a very last-minute type of thing and it's a lot of work for them to send."

Ganem said the local galleries were contacted after an originally planned exhibit by Smith and her students fell through.

The paintings were on sale with 20 percent of proceeds going to the Historical Society.

"It's a tremendous space and you to attract people on Old Home Day," Ganem said. "I think having an association with Old Home Day has brought a lot of people in, and it is an interesting building."

Old Home Day honors one person or couple every year. This year's honorees were Ken and Cindy Oxton for their hard work in caring for the grounds of the Historical Society.

Old Home Day brought out everyone from year round residents to summer residents and visitors.

Kate Terry and Bill Woodiel were seen sampling some homemade strawberry shortcake.

The two came from Newburyport, Mass., to visit friends in the area and found the event by accident.

"This is familiar territory to us and we're delighted to find this here," Terry said. "What a great idea."

They said they were enjoying themselves and enjoyed the music.

"It's great to see the history of this area," Terry said.

Al Hoch of Moultonboro came with his grandsons Connor and Leo Hoch, who were up from Weymouth, Mass. Al Hoch said he has gone to Old Home Day for the past few years and was bringing his grandsons up for their first.

"Very nice, it's good to come out and see all the old time things that are being forgotten of how times used to be," Al Hoch said. "Slow down a little bit."

Ted and Jan Cowles come from Canton, Conn. to Moultonboro every August.

"We've been coming here since the mid '60s, this is our favorite spot for the summer," Ted Cowles said."

"We are so glad this was being held during the start of August," Jan Cowles said. "We like to support things like this. It's a beautiful day to be out. We like to come here every year it we can. It's a small town thing and we love to support it."

The Historical Society's next big event is a Monte Carlo Night on Oct. 2.

Martin Lord Osman
Varney Smith
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