August 14, 2019REGION – Summer is still in full swing, and that means there are plenty more fun events to enjoy in the area, including the Bridgewater and Groton Old Home Day celebrations, both scheduled for this coming Saturday, Aug. 17, which will provide a glimpse at old time New England traditions while providing plenty of activities and entertainment as well.
Bridgewater's Old Home Day at their historic Town House located on Bridgewater Hill Road is a somewhat of a rarity in that it is one of the only Old Home Day celebrations in the state that has taken place continuously for more than a century. During the First World War, many towns curtailed their Old Home Day activities in deference to that war effort, but Bridgewater was one of the only communities who soldiered on to celebrate their town, their heritage and their rural community spirit every year. Each August, a photo of all residents who attend the event, both past and present, is taken then preserved in their town archives.
Several activities will take place this year starting with a 10 a.m. coffee and the traditional flag raising by local scouts. There will also be craft sales, baked goods and children's games available, all starting at the same time.
At 11 a.m., a granite bench dedication ceremony is set to take place this year, followed by K9 demonstrations from both the Bristol Police and N.H. Fish and Game.
The town's traditional photograph is set for high noon, after which everyone is invited to take part in the town's famed Bean Hole Beans luncheon, courtesy of the Bridgewater Old Home Day Association and the many volunteers who pitch in to prepare the meal.
N.H. Fish and Game will be back at 1:30 p.m. to present the featured program for the day on Conservation and Wildlife Issues in Bridgewater.
After a break for dinner at home, everyone is invited back to the Town House at 7:30 p.m. that evening for a night of Square Dancing.
Just west of Bridgewater in the Town of Groton, everyone there is gearing up for their own annual Old Home Day activities as well. Unlike most area towns, Groton has the distinction of holding their yearly celebration in the late afternoon and evening hours each August, after everyone has enjoyed time on Newfound, nearby rivers and trails, or doing late summer chores.
Kicking off their festivities at Everett Hobart Memorial Park on Sculptured Rocks Road will be the parade. It begins at 5:30 p.m. and cash prizes will be awarded to outstanding entries. Along with craft booths, games and plenty of old time community fun, live music will be provided by "Horsepower," a classic rock band that will perform in the park from 5:30-8:30 p.m. that night. As everyone enjoys those activities, they are also invited to take part in the town-sponsored cookout. This will include burgers, hot dogs, drinks and any shared dishes the public is gracious enough to provide.
Both towns invite one and all to come out to have some late summer fun as they celebrate all that makes their community so special.