The theme for this year’s Old Home Day celebrations – “Londonderry – Where Friends and Family Come Together” – says it all, as Londonderry residents past and present gather at the Town Common to share memories, fun, food and entertainment in honor of their hometown. The slogan was chosen from Regan Deignan’s fourth grade class at North Elementary School.
Old Home Day festivities began Wednesday, Aug. 14, with a free barbecue for seniors at the Lions Pavilion and a Windham Swing Band concert on the Town Common, and continue through Sunday, Aug. 18. The Town of Londonderry instituted spraying to control adult mosquitoes last Monday, Aug. 12, and Tuesday, Aug. 13, in advance of Old Home Day events.
The Town Common, Matthew Thornton School, Londonderry High School and Londonderry Middle School were the sites sprayed. The insecticides Anvil 10+10 (sumithrin) or Zenivex E20 (entofenprox) and Permanone 10EC (permethrin) were used to control adult mosquitoes. No town-wide road spraying is scheduled. Dragon Mosquito Control, Inc. of Brentwood was in charge of spraying.
For more information, contact Dragon at 734-4144 or the Town Hall at 432-1100.
A schedule of Old Home events follows. For detailed information, see the Old Home Day special section in today’s edition.
Thursday, Aug. 15
• 12th annual Kidz Night from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Town Common, with rain location at the Londonderry High School gym. Kidz Night offers entertainment for families with children 10 and under and features clowns, bounce houses, food, games and activities. Local public safety personnel will provide free information. Special guests will be visiting during the event. Live entertainment and performers include: Wildlife Encounters, the Roaming Railroad, Mad Science, and Judy Pancoast.
• Movie Mania! at 9 p.m. at the Town Common. Should it rain, the movie, “The Avengers,” moves to the Londonderry High School cafeteria.
Friday, Aug. 16
• Lundgren 5K Road Race registration, 5 to 7 p.m. at Londonderry High School gym.
• Londonderry Police vs. Londonderry Fire softball game at 6 p.m. at the Matthew Thornton field. Members of the Lions Club will sell food, with all proceeds to benefit Camp Pride.
• Family Concert featuring Souled Out Show Band from 7:15 to 8:45 p.m. on the Londonderry High School front lawn. All proceeds benefit The Friends of Music. If it rains, the concert will be in the Matthew Thornton gym.
• Fireworks display by RS Fireworks at 8:45 p.m. at the Londonderry High School front lawn. No rain date.
Saturday, Aug. 17
• Lundgren 5K Road Race registration, 6:45 to 8 a.m., Londonderry High School gym.
• Free continental breakfast, 7 to 9:30 a.m. at Londonderry United Methodist Church, hosted by Orchard Christian Fellowship. A baby changing station will be available.
• Hot air balloon rides, weather permitting, from 7:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. at Matthew Thornton School.
• Lundgren 5K Road Race, 8 a.m. starts at the Grange Hall.
• Londonderry Fair, 8 to 10 a.m. drop off of items to be judged at the Grange Hall. Judging takes place from 10 a.m. to noon, and people can view the items until 3 p.m.
• Baby contest, 9 to 10:30 a.m. at Matthew Thornton gymnasium for babies born Aug. 1, 2012 to Aug. 5, 2013. There is no same day registration and all registrations were due by Aug. 14.
• Revolutionary Encampment at the Morrison House, Londonderry Historical Society on Pillsbury Road, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., with military drills for children and a cannon salute on the hour, every hour. The encampment goes through the weekend, and features Colonial children’s games, as well as artisans demonstrating weaving, basket making and corn husk doll making. The Morrison House will be open for tours, a blacksmith demonstration will take place at the Clark Blacksmith Shop, and tours of the Parmenter Barn will be given.
• 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Farmers Market, craft fair and silent auction sponsored by the Londonderry Historical Society to benefit reconstruction of the Reverend William Morrison house, the oldest house in Londonderry, takes place at the Historical Society on Pillsbury Road.
• Old Home Day Parade, 10:30 a.m. to noon, rain or shine, and will begin at Londonderry Middle School and go along Mammoth Road to Mack’s Apples farmstand.
• Vendors and booths offering food, games, prizes and raffles on the Common, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
• Londonderry Sings contest from 2:30 to 4 p.m. at the bandstand on the Common.
• Wildlife Encounters animal show from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. on the Common by the traffic light.
• Free Bingo for all ages from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. at the Lions Pavilion behind the Lions Hall, with players able to win more than $500 in prizes.
• Applestock, 7 to 10:30 p.m. at the Londonderry Common and is sponsored by the LHS Student Council. The evening will feature a battle of the bands from the high school. In case of rain, the event will be held in the Londonderry High School cafeteria.
Sunday, Aug. 18
Christian service, picnic and concert on the Town Common from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.