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Senior Cookout & Concert a Smashing Success

Many seniors attended the Senior Cookout, held Wednesday night in the Londonderry high school gym due to steady downpours.

Dinner was followed by a wonderful concert from the Windham Swing Band.

Town Manager Kevin Smith serves up hamburgers with a smile.

Sharon Carson and friends serve up egg salad to hungry seniors.


The Ferreiras and friend have a roaring good time.

Gladys Frederick and friends enjoy the BBQ.

Windham Swing Band with three (not 76) trombones warming up.

Kirby Wade and friends

Mary Tetreau and George Dolan.

Story and photos by Mary Tetreau

Weather no match for Old Home Day spirit

LONDONDERRY — A wet forecast couldn’t dampen the festive atmosphere inside Londonderry High School Wednesday night, where 160 or so local seniors gathered to dine among friends.

Wednesday evening’s senior citizen barbecue marked the start of this year’s Londonderry Old Home Day festivities.

Read the rest of the story online in the Union Leader by April Guilmet HERE

Mosquitos not invited to Londonderry Old Home Day

Union Leader Correspondent
LONDONDERRY — The spraying of Londonderry’s public outdoor venues to control the mosquito population began on Monday evening.

With reports of West Nile Virus-positive mosquitoes confirmed in several nearby towns, town officials aren’t taking any chances, especially with Old Home Day festivities beginning later this week, interim Town Manager Bill Hart said.

Hart said the potentially deadly virus was found last week in adult mosquitoes trapped near the Londonderry town limits.

Shortly after 5 p.m. on Monday, workers from Dragon Mosquito Control in Brentwood began spraying the fields at Londonderry Town Common and the outdoor areas surrounding Matthew Thornton, the middle school and the high school.

Read the full story in the Union Leader HERE

Kidz Night! What a Great Time!

Thursday, August 17, 2006 night marked the 5th annual Kidz Night on the Londonderry town common.  An estimated 2,000 people attended the event.  With beautiful weather and plenty of food and fun, a great time was had by all.
The local elementary PTAs and children’s businesses planned free activities for the kids, keeping in line with the minimal cost agenda;  there was face painting, tattoos, relay races, sandy candy, sensory tables, and much, much more. 

Children were greeted by balloon artist clowns,  Miss Londonderry, Batman, Blitz from the Manchester Wolves and Wildlife Encounters.  They were able to climb into a fire engine and police cruiser or bounce in the moon walks or giant slide!
After working up an appetite, families had plenty of food to choose from.  Hamburgers, hot dogs, ice cream, nachos, pretzels, and popcorn brought smiles to hungry faces.

And speaking of smiles, the entertainment was fabulous!  The Londonderry Dance Academy wow’d the crowd with upbeat hip-hop performances, The House of the Samurai martial arts techniques were perfectly executed, our Fairy Princess and Prince Charming delighted the crowd with a skit and songs, and Steve Thomas brought the world of magic to the crowd!

The OHD committee would like to thank all of the volunteers who helped make this night a success.

The Red Coats are coming

The activities at the Morrison House drew a large crowd this year and we are anticipating an even bigger turn out next year. A new group joined the 3rd NH Regiment this year and this new group may also bring another group of “Red Coats” next year to make it even more interesting. Visit the OHD Blog soon for pictures from the activitys at the Museum this year.

Ginny Dahlfred

Another journal we found linking to OHD

In any event, the Old Home Days celebrations this past weekend made me realize how much I will miss this beautiful old New Hampshire town which is commercializing too fast, and may not be so beautiful and small and strewn with orchards when I return. I browsed the recently uploaded pictures on the Old Home Days site in (mostly vain) hopes of finding pictures of the sparring and other karate demos we put on and although I found little in the way of karate photos, I need, compulsively, to share a few shots with you of everything else – the things that make me wish I weren’t leaving. Those of you who live here will attest to the fact that the town is, indeed, so lovely as it seems:

Click HERE for a link to this Brown bound bloger.

Send us some photos! We would have posted all that have been sent! OHD pup

You can not always come home

The only thing I hated about Old Home Day this year was that we could not be there. Having attended faithfully for 21 years – for my kids, every year of their lives – that was a bummer. i especially felt badly that I couldn’t march in the parade during my first year as a town councillor – I felt I should be entitled to my share of thrown fruit and eggs!

This year applause for the Town Council and School Board was greater than normal. I am not sure if it was because the parade was four or more deep or if Joe was not there? Old Home Day

But we were just as proud that day, to have been up at Maine Maritime Academy, where our son received his official indoctrination into the Navy ROTC program. He’s the only Marine option candidiate in a group of 20 and will be working toward his degree at University of Maine (yes, that Black Bears hockey school), while looking forward to four blissful years in the Marine Corp after that. He and his mates spent four interesting days with Gunnery Sergeant Merrill, who pushed them beyond their physical limits before they earned their indoctrination pins Saturday.

So we will always remember OLD 2005 for not being there – and the proud reason why we weren’t!

Joe Paradis

Come Join The Party!

The Old Home Day committee will hold its first meeting for planning of the 107th Old Home Day in August 2006 on September 15th at the Londonderry Police Station main meeting room. The meeting starts at 7:00 pm and is lots of fun. We will discuss the 2005 Old Home Day and how we the committee can improve on the event for 2006. General planning for the 2006 Old Home Day will take place at this meeting. Anyone interested in joining the committee, please feel free to attend.

Take Care
Kathy Wagner
OHD Chair

If you can not come, and would like to send us a message HERE.

New Photos in the OHD album

Click HERE to view the new photos of this years event.
Thanks to Mike Brown for shooting and uploading them.

Photo by Mike Brown

Click HERE to upload your own photos, be sure to tell us your name when you send them!

Sunday on the Common

The contemporary Christian concert on the common featuring “Youthstorm” was a great way to end the Old Home Day celebration. Many attend and enjoyed the concert. The weather was fabulous and the entire event was a super success. Thank to the Londonderry Clergy for all of their help.

Family Fun

A Family enjoys the music of “Youthstorm”


The Band “Youhtstorm” on the Bandstand”

Youthstorm Drummer

Jamming on the Drums