Goffstown Old Home Day
June 6 celebration includes games, demos and food
By SARAH LEBRUN
Looking back through memorabilia, it is apparent that Goffstown Old Home Day has transformed through the years.
At the Historical Society on Parker Station Road, on display are various photos, buttons and ribbons of Old Home Days past.
“I think they were a little more formal,” said Robbie Grady, director of Goffstown Main Street. “It was really an invitation to remember the town’s history in a formal way. I think they had fun, but in the tradition of grand arts and speakers. The event was much different.”
This year, Goffstown’s Old Home Day will take place Saturday, June 6, from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m., sponsored by Goffstown Main Street. Many events are in store for attendees, including a historical trolley tour to the Uncanoonucs and a 1970s class reunion and dance.
For the second year, four historical trolley tours to the Uncanoonucs will be offered.
“It was a great success last year,” said Grady. “We were fortunate enough to get our trolley conductor back, Jim Beauchemin, and his sister, Nancy Gaseau. She and her husband, David, own one of the cottages on the mountain. They welcome our guests into their cottage to look back on what summer life was like.”
In 2008, 90 people took part in the trolley tour. Trolleys will leave from the common at 10 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 1 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. Tickets are required and cost $12 for adults and $9 for children.
This is the first year a class reunion is part of the Old Home Day celebration. The reunion is for all graduating Goffstown High School classes from the 1970s. Alumni can bring their old yearbooks and reconnect with classmates.
As part of the reunion, there will also be a dance from 5 to 10 p.m. at the Village Trestle. This is open to not only alumni, but all adults. Tickets are $15.
Along Main Street, there will be a booth where attendees can learn about the Main Street project, A Day in the Life.
This is a project where residents will be asked to take pictures the following Saturday, June 13, of everyday life in Goffstown and submit them to the Main Street program.
“We’ll collect the best of the best for a book and show the rest at the Pumpkin Regattta,” said Grady.
“We are so fortunate in Goffstown to have good partners such as all the nonprofit groups that come out. We really like to showcase what we have here locally,” said Grady.
“You can come down here for the day, and even if your budget is limited, our games are free and demonstrations are free to watch. It’s great for a family and lots of fun. It’s a chance to see what your hometown is all about.”
OLD HOME DAY EVENTS:
Thing" Annual Yard Sale 8am-1pm
Book Sale 9am-1pm
Department Open House 12pm-3pm
Community Supper 5pm