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Big plans underway for Belmont's 150th



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Belmont residents Ken Knowlton, Woody Fogg and Ron Mitchell are among the many who have been "framed" so far in the town's 150th Anniversary Photo Booth, which has been traveling to many community and school events this year. (Photo by Donna Rhodes) (click for larger version)
January 23, 2019
BELMONT – The Year 2019 marks the 150th Anniversary of the Town of Belmont, and many celebration plans are in the works to mark this historic day in the community known as Upper Gilmanton until it was renamed in 1869.

Excitement for the anniversary was evident last fall, when kick-off events first got underway. In October an unveiling of the new flags adorning the village took place as everyone enjoyed live music by the Stolen Thunder Band, an inflatable play area for children, walking tours of the two covered bridges, a scavenger hunt and more. Then, in December, the big band sounds of the Windham Swing Band filled Belmont High School where a Holiday Gathering included a delicious Trifle Dessert Bar.

Moving into the New Year, a special photo booth has been traveling the town to "frame" as many residents as possible for the celebration. Those photos are and will continue to be posted on the town's Web site, said Belmont's Special Events Coordinator Gretta Olson-Wilder.

Upcoming dates for people to note on their calendars so far are an appearance by the 12th Regiment Serenade Band, performing music from Belmont's past on Sunday, March 24, at 2 p.m., as well as a Family Grilled Cheese Night on Friday, April 12. That event begins at 5:30 p.m. and, besides featuring everyone's favorite grilled sandwich, it will include a Comedy/Juggling performance by Bryson Lang. Lang's talent, humor and antics are something people of all ages are sure to enjoy.

One way in which residents can help with the celebration is to send in suggestions of things that could be placed in a 25-year Time Capsule. The capsule will be buried in 2019 then reopened during the town's 175th Anniversary in the year 2044.

Among the suggestions received so far are: a list of babies born in 2018; a local newspaper; the Town Report; a photo of the Gale School; a photo of the town's K-9 team, Vito and his handler Sgt. Evan Boulanger; a "Make America Great Again" hat; and an interview with Everett Weeks about his farm and his childhood memories in Belmont. Another thought is to include a current list of residents that can be compared with a list of residents in 2044.

The committee continues to invite residents to take part in the planning and execution of all the events, and asks that anyone interested in participating, or those with ideas and suggestions to share, contact Olson-Wilder at Events@BelmontNH.org. More details on events and activities can also be found at www.belmontnh.org.

Garnet Hill
Martin Lord Osman
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