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Community bids farewell to 2018

The Wolfeboro Economic Development Committee's Special Events Committee organized a full day of entertainment and community fellowship attended by nearly 1,000 on Dec. 31. The Chamber of Commerce's fireworks display over Wolfeboro Bay drew additional attendance of nearly 300. Special Events Committee members standing in the middle of Great Hall on Dec. 31 are (l-r) Maria Found, Erica Horsken, Alan Harding, Christine Collins, Brenda Jorett, Linda Murray, Mari Leather and Mary Ann Murray. (Photo by Elissa Paquette) (click for larger version)
January 09, 2019
WOLFEBORO — The passage of 2018 did not go unnoticed in Wolfeboro thanks to the efforts of the Economic Development Committee's Special Events Committee. Comparatively mild weather accompanied by sunshine helped to top off the organizational effort involved in finding performers from puppets and magicians and musicians, to creating family friendly games and late evening dancing hosted in the Great Hall on Dec. 31.

Nearly 1,000 people were counted and the Chamber of Commerce's Fireworks over Wolfeboro Bay attracted hundreds more to Cate Park and the Town Docks at 6:30 p.m. to watch the sky and enjoy the colorful reflections on the ice.

Wolfeboro's Recreation Department Director Christine Collins said she was pleased at the happy atmosphere and flow from one event to another, noting that this year venues included the First Congregational Church across the street from Town Hall and Brewster Academy's Boat House. All Saints Episcopal Church held its traditional lasagna dinner down on South Main Street and the Scavenger Hunt took people on a search for places and items throughout the downtown.

She says she has lots more ideas to share for next year, if more people and businesses would like to join in the fun. Collins said there was no budget for the event but businesses stepped up to support the festivities and participants filled donation jars at each event.

"It was an honor to able to participate on the committee," member Brenda Jorett told the Board of Selectmen at its Jan. 2 meeting.

Jorett's promotional work brought in crowds not only from Wolfeboro, but the surrounding towns of New Durham, Ossipee, and Sandwich as conversations with attendees revealed. She added that for her, as a new resident, she was "happy to part of the community" along with her husband, who helped out at Town Hall all day along with everyone else on the committee.

Maria Found, Erica Horsken, Alan Harding, Christine Collins, Brenda Jorett, Linda Murray, Mari Leather and Mary Ann Murray clearly were a successful team for 2018. More volunteers are always welcome for the next Last Night in Wolfeboro. Until then, Happy New Year to all!

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