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Road Race, Re/Max Balloon Rides, Morrison House Encampment

Saturday’s events kicked off with the 5K road race at 8 AM.

Battling it out to the finish line
Battling it out to the finish line

 

Soaring high in the sky
Soaring high in the sky

 

The giant Re/Max balloon provided great rides for guests of all ages. What a thrill!

Proceeds from the Re/Max balloon rides went to support the Londonderry Grange
Proceeds from the Re/Max balloon rides went to support the Londonderry Grange.

 

Governor John Lynch Meets Gracie (4)
Governor John Lynch Meets Gracie (4)

 

John Bringhurst at Revolutionary War Encampment at Morrison House
John Bringhurst at Revolutionary War Encampment at Morrison House

 

John Bringhurst Stands by Swivel Gun
John Bringhurst poses by swivel gun

 

Colonial Lady Spins Yarn
Colonial Lady Spins Yarn

 

Man Lights Fire at Encampment
Man Lights Fire at Encampment

 

Surprise Guest Skip Bork Wows Crowd with “Vehicle”

Skip Bork, a member of the Ides of March, wowed the large crowd at the Londonderry High School as he sung “Vehicle”, his band’s hit that peaked at #2 in 1970. This song is familiar as “I’m Your Vehicle, Baby” to folks of a certain age.

Rock Star Skip Bork Sings "Vehicle"
Rock Star Skip Bork Sings “Vehicle”

 

Skip played drums and sang lead vocals for the band, which he described as a “One-Hit Wonder.” The song “Vehicle” knocked the Beatles out of the #2 spot, but could not knock Elivs Presley out of the #1 spot.

LHS Band Director Andy Soucy with Rock Star Skip Bork
LHS Band Director Andy Soucy with Rock Star Skip Bork

 

Here Skip meets LHS Band Director Andy Soucy and his family.

2009 Grand Marshal

Principal of the Year twice. Proud Yankee fan. Leader of the 2008 New Hampshire School of the Year. Well, now Jim Elefante can add another title to his list. Elefante, who retired after 26 years with the Londonderry School District, will be Grand Marshal for the 110th Old Home Day Parade on Saturday, Aug. 15.

Bubble gum and baseball caps. Pigs and pies. Yankees and elephants.

“School is there for the kids,” Elefante said upon his retirement last year.

“You can have fun and learn at the same time. We all perform better when we’re confident and happy in our environment.”

So, when he came to be the principal at the high school in 2004, Elefante decided…

Read the rest of the story in the Derry News by Suzanne Laurent “Elefante is this year’s grand marshal

Wednesday Night Senior BBQ and Windham Swing Band

The Lions served up a wonderful barbecue for seniors on Wednesday night.

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A crowd of more than 200 seniors enjoyed the food.

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Surprise guests Governor John Lynch and Minnie Mouse delighted these kids, and met and mingled with the seniors.

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The Windham Swing band pleased folks young and old with their delightful music.
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Singer Danielle Green performed “What a Wonderful World” to great applause.

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Earlier in the evening, these Lions walked the tent over to the Londonderry High School.

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The Governor and the Mouse

Old Home Day Senior Night in Londonderry, New Hampshire last night attracted 200 seniors and a few special guests too. With the possibility of rain on the horizon organizers changed the venue at 1pm in the afternoon. While many did not know, they were pointed the right direction when arriving at the Londonderry Lions hall with a quick a-frame sign. Those that did find out were actually pleased they would not need to battle off the pesky mosquitoes so prevalent this time of year!

For the rest of the story read, “Governor John Lynch Meets the Mouse” in Londonderry Hometown Online News.

Sr. Night Moved to LHS Cafe

Event Chair Carole Connolly has moved the event indoors to the LHS Cafe.  Both the dinner and the Windham Swing Band will be inside.  Looks like we will find out if a dance floor on the Londonderry Town Common is in order.

The question is now with a hard floor, will the Seniors and others attending “get up and cut a rug?”

Wednesday, August 12th, at 5:00pm-6:00pm sharp the Senior Night Barbecue is in the Londonderry High School Cafe. Although the Barbecue is free, you must have a ticket the event is sold out with nearly 200 obtaining tickets.

Following the Barbecue, the Senior Concert will also be in the cafe featuring the Windham Swing Band from 6:30-8:30pm. Our special volunteer DJ, John Robinson, will be entertaining Londonderry both prior to the Concert and during the break (as well as live recording on the local radio station).

The Concert is open to Everyone!

Old Home Day 5K Race Results

With temps in the 60’s and a light fog burning off in the early morning air the Old Home Day Lundgren 5K race had 348 participants complete the course this morning. As the runners pass through the timing gate near the Grange 44 on Mammoth Road they enter a tight line down to a point where Lancer Timing takes the barcode from the tag providing instant results courtesy Lancer Timing.

Visit “Lundgren 5K Old Home Day Race Results 2008” at Londonderry Hometown Online News to view the results table.

Fireworks For 2008 Photos

What a ball!  And some fans and some streamers, and some happy faces too!   To view some of Fridays fireworks visit “Fabulous Fireworks Finished” at Londonderry Hometown Online News.  Be sure to click on the darkroom link to see the entire show!

Be sure to thank volunteer chairperson Mary Wing Soares when you see her for a great selection on the vendor and a super night even with the light rain.  What a great time!

Londonderry Fireworks are a go, Rain or Shine

7:30 Update Souled out has left the building.

Due to the lighting strikes just 2 miles away they were unable to power up the equipment after a two hour setup. They broke down and departed the stage in front of the Londonderry High School.

The Fire works will start at 8:35 on the dot. They are not canceled due to Rain. View them from your home, or your car. The parking Lots at the high school are open in front of the Gym, or park on “the plato” located to the north side of the building. This lot would be closest to the fireworks and is normally closed. It is safe this year to park there as the firework launch area is back further.

The school lobby is open for those that want to wait inside and then exit when the fireworks start (should it be safe to do so.)

More HERE in this Londonderry Hometown Online News as it happens story.

Sr. Night from the Derry News

The evening sun beamed down on close to 200 seniors and guests at the opening festivities of Old Home Day on Wednesday. It was the perfect start to the town’s annual five-day event, which ends Sunday, Aug. 17.

Members of the Londonderry Lions Club got a head start on their barbecue skills as they grilled up hot dogs and hamburgers for the hungry crowd. The Lions will be back manning the grills on Saturday during the busiest day of festivities.

While 182 seniors signed up for the free barbecue and organizers tried their best to plan for the amount of food, the potato salad was scooped up quickly, leaving some disappointed. To make up for it, free treats were offered when the ice cream truck pulled up. This is the second year the truck visited the Lions Pavilion, and it was again a big hit.

Read the rest of the story in the Derry News by Suzanne Laurent “Sunshine, seniors and songs Old Home Day festivities off to a rousing start.