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Traditions and fun drive Sandwich Old Home Week



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Alaina, John, Rebecca, and Gabriele Nedeau along with their dog Penny took part in the Bike, Trike, and Doll Carriage Parade during Sandwich Old Home Week. Erin Plummer. (click for larger version)
August 18, 2010
SANDWICH — The town came out in force for a weeklong celebration of community and culture that was this year's Old Home Week.

From the yard sale on Saturday, Aug. 7, through the pot luck supper with grilling done by the Board of Selectmen on Sunday, Aug. 15, Sandwich was packed with activities for residents and visitors of all ages.

"We had a great week," said Parks and Recreation Director Leo Greene. "The weather was a huge contributing factor. Nice every single day."

Greene said the whole event went smoothly and participants seemed quite happy. There was a mix of indoor and outdoor activities that Greene said appealed to everyone.

Every day saw different games and activities. The Parks and Recreation Department organized tournaments, races, and a Bike, Trike, and Doll Carriage Parade, and many other activities.

Advice to the Players could be seen onstage at the fairgrounds every day performing Shakespeare's "The Comedy of Errors." Sandwich Home Industries held their Artisans on the Green event in front of their Center Sandwich location. The Samuel Wentworth Library had a successful book sale.

Several local organizations held barbeques, including the Fire Department's chicken barbeque benefiting resident Tom Canfield. Canfield is recovering from an injury sustained while doing tree work.

On Sunday, selectmen showed their culinary skills as part of the annual community potluck.

"It was probably the best attendance we've had," said Catherine Graham, administrative assistant to the Board of Selectmen. "Great attendance, great food."

This was Greene's first year as Parks and Recreation Director at Old Home Week, where much of the work and responsibility fell on him and his department. Many different organizations participated in the week, though Greene said he had a lion's share of organizing events and doing scheduling.

"Luckily I grew up here so I had a pretty good feel for what people would expect," Greene said. "It's such a beast in many ways you don't fully know until you're knee deep in it running things. I would say this went quite smoothly and the biggest factor to it was the weather."

An abundance of volunteers also proved indispensable during the week. Greene said the efforts of the volunteers helped things run smoothly and made for an easier week.

"It makes such a huge difference," Greene said.

Greene said with the nice weather there were not any concerns about rescheduling events or finding dry places.

"Everyone had lots of choices and different things to do," Greene said, saying the challenge was "just making sure that we have things spaced out so people can attend a lot of events without getting exhausted."

Greene said Field Day was one of this year's most popular events, with children and adults taking part in a variety of games and races at Quimby Field. Another successful day Thursday was the combination of the Bike, Trike, and Doll Carriage Parade coinciding with Sandwich Home Industries Artisans on the Green event and tennis matches.

Greene said the event overall appealed to people, whether they were year round residents, summer residents, or people from other communities checking out the activities.

"It was a very successful Old Home Week, I think everyone was very pleased," Graham said.

Plans have already begun for next year's Old Home Week. Greene said activities are being looked at and he is listening to suggestions and opinions from participants.

"We love those traditions, those are key," Graham said.

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