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May 30, 2020








Other upcoming town celebrations

Hollis Old Home Day 
The town’s biggest annual shindig, according to the event’s website, will be held Friday, Sept. 15, and Sunday, Sept. 16, at Nicholas Field (40 Depot Road). It will feature an artisan market, an apple pie contest and a parade. The market will have local artists selling fine arts and crafts. With a $5 ticket, guests can enter into the cow patty bingo, where the winner will be selected by what square of pasture the cow makes a deposit in. Admission is free. Visit
Pelham Old Home Day 
The 111th annual event (3 Main St., Pelham) is on Saturday, Sept. 16, with the theme “Celebrating Pelham’s Excellent Educators.” At 8:30 a.m. there will be a 5K road race and walk to benefit the Special Olympics followed by a day of vendors, crafters and family-friendly activities like the perfect pie bake-off and kids’ games. The Victor Spaulding Memorial Auction starting at 9:30 a.m. will have bargains on garage sale items throughout the day. The Grand Parade at 2:30 p.m. will have floats, bands, classic cars and horses. Sausage, burgers, hot dogs, fries and beverages will be served throughout the day at the food tent. Visit
Hooksett Old Home Day 
Hooksett’s big day is on Saturday, Sept. 16, at Donati Park (51 S. Main St., Hooksett). The event will have vendors, free amusements, contest, food and music. The parade down Main Street starts at 10:30 a.m. and will have floats, firet rucks and bands. Free carnival bounce and slide rides including the Roaring River Alpine Ride and Dual Sports Bungee Challenge will be open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Dance and musical performances will be held  on the main stage at Donati Park from 11:15 a.m. to 5:50 p.m. Vendors will be set up for shopping through the day. Visit
Bedford Olde Towne Day
The annual event will be held Saturday, Sept. 23, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The Riley Field Complex (1 County Road, Bedford) will be filled with local organizations, businesses, food trucks and restaurant vendors and artists and craftsmen. There will also be family activities including a bounce house and a plastic frog “hoppin” activity called the Bull Frog Bounce at 3 p.m. Musical performances will be held throughout the day and at noon there will be an open mike event. Admission is free. Call 472-5242, email or visit
When: Saturday, Sept. 16, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. 
Where: MacGregor Park (64 E Broadway)
Cost: Free admission
10 a.m. Opening Ceremonies 
10:15 a.m. Vocalist Carol Harrington
10:30 a.m. Karate International of Windham Demonstration
11 a.m. Red Star Twirlers Performance
11:30 a.m. Kindermusik by Let’s Play Music
11:55 a.m. God Bless America
Noon MIA/POW Ceremony 
12:15 p.m. Kids Coop Theater Presentation
12:40 p.m. Derry’s Got Talent
1 p.m. Silly Solutions Balloon Show
1:45 p.m. NH Academie of Dance
2 p.m. Wildlife Encounters Presentation
2:45 p.m. Vocalist Morgane Grace Vigroux
3 p.m. The Voice Studio Performances
3:15 p.m. Dance Progressions Performance
3:30 p.m. Let’s Play Music, Stagecraft
4 p.m. Announcements, Raffle Drawings
4:10 p.m. Blues Brothers Next Generation
6 p.m. Derry After Dark, Manning Street

Small-town celebrations
Derryfest and several Old Home Days on the horizon

By Ethan Hogan

 Derryfest is back for its 28th year of showcasing the town’s art and culture. 

Every voice, theater and arts school in the area is represented at the event with performances happening throughout the day, according to Michael Gendron, who’s helped organize the event for the past 12 years. 
Derryfest is produced by the Greater Derry Arts Council and promotes the arts with support from community organizations and local craft vendors, according to Gendron.
“It’s a celebration of our town’s kinship and cooperation,” he said.
The Red Star Twirlers will perform at the main stage at MacGregor Park at 11 a.m. Gendron said the young baton twirlers performances have made them world-renowned.
“They actually performed on the Great Wall of China one time so they are definitely lauded around the world,” said Gendron.
Wildlife Encounters will have an interactive presentation on the main stage at 2 p.m. with live animals from around the world.
“Sometimes they’ll let the kids touch them and they will usually bring one of their famous roaming tortoises,” said Gendron. “It will just roam around the park.”
Grendron’s fondest memory of Derryfest was when he was 12 years old and the Boston area television personality Rex Trailer visited the festival for a live cowboy performance.
“He was a hero when I was a kid, so to see him in person was pretty amazing,” Gendron said.
The headlining performance this year is the Blues Brothers tribute show at 4 p.m. Gendron said the band’s renditions of the classic songs gets all ages singing and dancing.
New this year is a rock climbing wall that guests can climb for $3. 
Prior to Derryfest, a pasta supper to support the Derry Village Rotary will be held the eve of Derryfest, on Friday, Sept. 15, from 5 to 6:30 p.m., with spaghetti, sauce and salad. The supper will be held at Gilbert H. Hood Middle School. Donations will be accepted. 
Greater Derry’s Got Talent Finals are Friday, Sept. 15, at 7 p.m. at the Derry Opera House. The talent show features performers of all ages and talents from Derry and neighboring towns. A panel of judges will select the winners to perform at Derryfest on Saturday.
A breakfast with pancakes, bacon, eggs, sausage, muffins, coffee and juice will be held from 7 to 10:30 a.m. at the St. Luke’s United Methodist Church (63 East Broadway, Derry). Donations will be accepted.
After Derryfest, the inaugural Derry After Dark will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. on Manning Street. The evening festival has brought together local breweries for Derry’s first brewfest. The Opera House will raffle off two tickets for Derry After Dark at 4 p.m. 

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