Re-enactment of first town meeting brings Candia's year of celebration to a close
Friday's play was "a reenactment of the first town meeting. The play served two purposes. It puts an end to the yearlong celebration, and also reminded the town's folk of where the town first began," said 250th committee chairman Linda Thomas.
For the residents in attendance, the effort was well-appreciated.
"I came out because Candia is a great town to live in. It's important to celebrate things like this because if we don't, then the town's history might just fade into nothingness," resident Juliana Reed said.
For others, the play was a way to connect with their family history.
"My daughter, who lives in Candia, just found that we had relatives way back in history that lived in Candia before it even was Candia, so she said we have to go to this," said Kathleen Carpenter of Raymond.
"I am the first constable for the town of Candia. I wanted to be part of the community and thought it would be a good thing to do.
Keith Sangillo served as the bell ringer in front of the church prior to the start of the play. He also had a small role in the production.
Along with a play, the night also featured the firing of two volleys, one in honor of the town, and the other in honor of the anniversary of the National Guard. Along with traditional muskets, a cannon was fired for added effect.
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