A local tradition still going strong


92nd Annual Old Home Day right around the corner



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The Grand Marshals of the 2010 Gilford Old Home Day Parade ride through the Village on their parade float. (Courtesy Photo) (click for larger version)
August 17, 2011
The 92nd Annual Gilford Old Home Day celebration is set for Saturday, Aug. 27, and as usual, offers a full day packed with food, events and entertainment for the whole family.

Many clubs and organizations are preparing their annual events, which have become staples of Old Home Day.

To kick the day off, the Gilford Rotary Club hosts the 27th annul pancake breakfast from 7 to 10 a.m. at the Gilford Community Church.

The breakfast is the Rotary Club's third largest annul fundraiser; their other fundraisers include their concession stand at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, Rock N' Ribfest, and the two-week Christmas tree sale.

Registration for the 34th Annual Gunstock Nordic Association 5K Road Race is from 6:30 to 7:30 a.m. The race begins at the Village Field entrance at 8 a.m.

Friends of the Gilford Public Library will host their annual pie and ice cream and book sale fundraiser on Friday, Aug. 26 at 5 p.m. and Saturday from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. They will have on sale numerous books, and their entire collection of video and cassette tapes. The library staff celebrated the third birthday of the new library Thursday, Aug. 18 with birthday cake served all day.

The Thompson-Ames Historical Society will host author, editor and columnist Edie Clark. Clark will present her lecture, "Baked Beans and Fried Clams: How Food Defines a Region," at 1 p.m. at the 1834 Union Meeting House.

Clark recently spoke at the Gilford Library as part of the "Get Booked" series about her most recent book, "States of Grace," which is a collection of 30 of her favorite profiles spanning her career as a columnist at Yankee Magazine.

The award-winning Eric Grant Band returns to Old Home Day for a concert at the entertainment tent on the Village Field from 6:15 to 7:45 p.m., sponsored by Meredith Village Savings Bank. The band is the 2011 recipient of the NACMAI Vocal group of the year award. This is their second year in a row playing at Gilford Old Home Day.

As usual, the event will end with the annual fireworks show at 9 p.m., followed by a dance featuring DJ Alex Bailey, ending at 11 p.m.

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