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"Remember When…" theme leads to future memories at Old Home Day

Brendan and Patrick gallantly pulled their neighbor, Lila, along the parade route last weekend. Residents of Cram Road were so proud of their closely-knit neighborhood and all the fun times they enjoy that they printed tee shirts and all marched together in the parade. (Donna Rhodes) (click for larger version)
July 20, 2011
SANBORNTON — Residents in Sanbornton once again picked a beautiful summer weekend to enjoy some old-time fun as they celebrated the theme, "Remember When…" in their town last Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.

Kicking off the weekend-long Old Home Days event was the weekly Farmer's Market, which also served as headquarters for the annual baking competition. Tours of the historic Lane Tavern took place across the street, where residents and visitors were able to step back in time for a look at colonial life in the town. The library just up Tower Hill was the site of the town's Arts, Crafts and Photo contest, where people cast votes to decide on the winners of this year's competition.

Saturday morning began with a pancake breakfast back at Lane Tavern, sponsored by the Historical Society. From there, everyone was invited for tours of Center Cemetery, where they could learn about the early settlers of the town as they sipped lemonade and strolled the pretty grounds.

At 11 a.m., the road from Tower Hill to Lane Tavern was filled with antique cars, farm equipment, and floats, and horses bedazzled with ornate braids and their fanciest tack all marched through the town square as the parade got underway. Moulton's Band provided music along the route, and Grand Marshalls Elizabeth Cotsibas and Richard Currier waved from their seats in the back of an antique pick-up truck driven by Sharon Dugan.

Cotsibas and Currier are brother and sister, both in their 80's, who were born and raised in Sanbornton. Over the years, their family was very involved in the community grange, church and other civic organizations. In keeping with the weekend's theme, the two both wore garments reminiscent of days gone by.

"My outfit was passed down through the ages. I've made a lot of historic costumes over the years, and kept this one for myself," Cotsibas said.

Her brother, Currier, looked quite colonial as well in his tri-cornered hat and short breeches, which she made for him.

"We were both born and raised here in the square, and lived here all our lives. We've seen a lot of changes in town over the years," Cotsibas said as she, her brother and other family and friends enjoyed lunch in the shade on the Town Field.

She and Currier both agreed it was quite an honor for the Old Home Days Committee to select them as Grand Marshalls; one they will always cherish.

Other activities on the Town Field behind Sanbornton's landmark three buildings, the Library, Congregational Church and Old Town Hall, kept everyone entertained for the afternoon. Cow Bingo was provided courtesy of Lila from the Swain family's farm, and numerous booths were set up with local crafts, farm products, jewelry and fun toys for the children. Boys and girls also enjoyed spending time at Kids Korner, where everyone walked away a winner.

Local Girl Scouts sold food, and the nearby music tent was the perfect place to sit and listen to local musicians Patrick Stock, Audrey Buddington and Friends, Mark Ledgard, and Don Watson as each took a turn in entertaining the crowd.

Perhaps one highlight for many in attendance was the auction, hosted by OHD committee member Bill Tobin. Bidding was lively on many items, and people were able to walk away with some great bargains, including local gift certificates, antiques and other curios. Proceeds from the auction will benefit next year's Old Home Day weekend.

Winning the baking contest for the children's division were Duncan Gosselin in first place, Faith Gosselin in second place, and Mackenzie French rounding out the competition with her third place prize. For the adults, Irene Gosselin took home first place, followed by Mona Smith in second, and Marlene Witham won the third place prize.

Activities wrapped up on Sunday with a community worship service and luncheon at the First Baptist Church.

Chairman of the event, Julie Lonergan, said she was quite pleased with the entire weekend.

"I think everyone enjoyed themselves, and the weather couldn't have been better. Everyone on the committee worked very hard to make it a success, and they all did a great job," Lonergan said.

Martin Lord Osman
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