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Hancock Old Home Days 2010
Courtesy Hancock Happenings, July 2010

Hancock Old Home Days is just around the corner, August 20, 21, and 22, as it is traditionally held the third weekend in August. It is a time for all of us to come together, friends and family from near and far, to celebrate our wonderful community of Hancock. This year’s theme, “Hancock Has Character(s),” is in celebration of our library’s 150th anniversary. There are a few ways to look at our theme. First, for all who march in the parade, we’re inviting you to dress up as your favorite literary character, whether that character comes from children’s or adult literature. Maybe we’ll see Peter Pan or Alice in Wonderland marching down Main St., or a myriad of Shakespearian characters.

Hancock is also a place where very special people live. We have many interesting characters who have a lot of character! We care about our community, and each other, and this can be seen in the many ways we come together in support of our town and each other, by serving on a committee, pitching in on town clean-up day or at the orchard, or helping our neighbors during the ice storm, to name just a few.

Another way to look at our theme is that Hancock itself has character. It is a special place, the quintessential New England community, with beautiful architecture, gardens, and a well run, modern library which also serves to bring us together as a community for lively discussions and stimulating lectures, educational programs, thought provoking art and theatrical productions, as well as access to information in a variety of forms; books, magazines and periodicals, newspapers, computers, the internet, and more.

Our Old Home Days committee is small this year, but we’re looking forward to the support of the many community members and organizations that come together and pitch in on Old Home Days, making it a success year after year, by and for the people. Pitching in can take many forms, whether you or your organization volunteer to run an activity, provide food for purchase, or a prize for the parade or other event winners, or help fund the festivities with a monetary donation. You can also help support this day by purchasing a t-shirt or baseball cap, which will soon be on sale at the Farmer’s Market, the Thursday evening Summer Concert Series, as well as a few other places.

We have some wonderful entertainment to look forward to, including “The BJ Hickman Magic Show” during the Friday night ice cream social, a return performance by the very well received Synchro Sisters at the pond Saturday afternoon, and some terrific bluegrass music by the band Hot Mustard during and after the chicken barbeque.

This is also the time to start thinking about, and planning for any activity you would like to participate in. If you have any special talent you would like to share, and would like to perform in the Annual Talent Show Friday evening, start preparing your act now, and please contact committee member Deb Shumway to let us know of your plans. If you’re a child between the ages of 6 - 12 with an entrepreneurial spirit, and would like to sell your own handmade or homegrown items at the “Kid’s Craft Alley” on Saturday, please contact committee member Monica Laskey-Rigrod. If you’re an athlete who plans to compete in the Run for the Honey 5 K Road Race,” the “Children’s Fun-Run,” or the Sunday tennis tournament, start training. If you’re an artist or photographer, start thinking about any work you would like to display in the Art and Photography Show.” Old Home Days is an opportunity for all our community members to share their many special talents.

Please visit our town web page, http://www.hancocknh.org/ and follow the Old Home Days link for any updates and information about this year’s festivities, as well as any further contact information. There, you will be able to down-load a “Hancock Old Home Days Participating Organization Contact and Information Sheet,” which we would like all volunteers and organizations to submit to our committee if you will be providing food or organizing any activity. There will also be a variety of registration forms you can down-load [to be posted on the web site at a later date] if you or your organization will be participating in the parade, the road races, tennis tournament, “Kid’s Craft Alley,” etc.

At this point, the committee is focusing primarily on fundraising. If you or your organization can make a monetary donation to offset the costs of this very special weekend, or provide prizes for parade and other event winners, please contact any of our committee members: (removed)

All contributors will be noted on the brochure if your donation is made before it is printed. Thank you for you support and participation! Let’s have a great Old Home Days 2010.
Submitted by Monica Laskey-Rigrod

Courtesy July 2010
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