Lyndeborough's Community Day a hit
By KATHLEEN BAGLIO HUMPHREYS
Union Leader Correspondent |
August 10. 2014 9:14PM
Organizers of the Lyndeborough Community Day organized a retake in the same location as the 1928 Old Homes Day photo on Saturday. (KATHLEEN BAGLIO HUMPHREYS/Union Leader Correspondent)
LYNDEBOROUGH — Residents and non-residents enjoyed the 8th annual Community Day on Saturday at Town Hall on what many said “was a perfect summer day.”
Saturday’s events included music, food, a silent auction, entertainment, a magic show,Civil War encampment, vendors and more.
The first settler came to Lyndeborough in 1735 but it’s the 250th anniversary of the signing of the town’s charter. A big group photo was taken in front of historic Center Hall that duplicated a 1928 Old Home Day photo. Photographers from Wilton and Lyndeborough helped capture the history of the day.
History was also returned in the form of a glass globe donated to the town. The globe was blown by a very young Edward Ross who worked in the town glass factory, which operated from 1860 to 1888. It was donated by Beverley Sherman Shea, Ross’ niece.
“Edward lived here for a long time and the town really should have it. It means a lot to me,” said Shea, who lives in Nashua.
Selectmen presented a framed certificate to Shea and to residents Ed Moteau and Corey Cheever who donated their skills and materials to make a stand and case to display the globe. It is on display at the J.A. Tarbell Library.
The Lafayette Artillery Company hosted a Civil War encampment and showed visitors a glimpse of life in the camps during the 1860s. It was followed by a flag retirement, and Private RJ Humphreys sounded “Taps” in honor of the retirement.
The church bell rang at 11 a.m. inviting people to tour the church with its picturesque views of mountains through the stained glass windows. Jerry Reneau performed traditional late 1800’s church music on an old pump organ.Magicians from the Granite State Conjurors entertained, and the fire department held a grill safety session.
Many local crafts, gift certificates, historical pieces, such as Lyndeborough Glass, were part of the silent auction to benefit the Wilton-Lyndeborough Women’s Club.
The night capped off with a steak dinner under the tent while the band “Sweet Tooth” performed.
“The weather was beautiful. With the tent set up, the center looks like a Normal Rockwell painting with the beautiful mountains. It’s a great place to meet new people in town and see old friends,” said Women’s Club member Karen Grybko.