This Weekend It’s About Community

Sunapee, Springfield and Newbury will host an impressive array of home town events this weekend. Largely organized by community volunteers, each town has put together an impressive line up of activities, a Saturday full of old-fashioned fun for the entire family, neighbors, friends and visitors. Here’s an overview…

Sunapee, Saturday, July 11

A pancake breakfast starts the day. Served 7 to 11 a.m. by the Friends of Abbott Library at the Safety Services Building, the fund-raiser is an annual event in town, and is accompanied by a library book sale and a SPTO bake sale at the Sherburne Gym, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.

At 9.m. at the Sherburne Gym, the Sunapee Rec Department will start selling tickets to the August 8 Aerosmith tribute band concert with “Draw the Line.” And throughout the day, Abbott Library will be accepting cell phones at the gym as it kicks off its participation in “Cell Phones for Soldiers.”

A “summer bazaar” will be going on across the road at St. Joachim Church, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. And down the road, the Sunapee Methodist Church will hold Christmas in July from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and a luncheon at noon.

At Veteran’s Field, the Sunapee Fire Department will sponsor a safety awareness and fire prevention display that will include the town’s fire trucks. Time: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Food and refreshments will be available.

For runners, the first annual running of the Frenzy in the Forest will take place at Webb’s Forest to benefit the Sunapee High School Athletic Leadership Council. The start time is 10 a.m. and on-line registration is available via For more information, contact Jon Reed.

Then, in the late afternoon/early evening and organized by the Sunapee Harbor Riverway Corporation, music at Sunapee Harbor will feature the East Bay Jazz Ensemble. The 10-piece swing band will perform on the outdoor Flanders stage, 5 to 7 p.m.

Springfield – Old Home Day (returns!)

After 40 years, according to Nancee Leach, Old Home Day returns to Springfield on July 11. The town has day-long activities planned, a community parade at 11 a.m., BBQ at 5 p.m. and a square dance with Wilbur Grace and Night Owls, 7 to 11 p.m. at the town hall. For details, see the Springfield community column in the InterTown Record (July 7 issue).

Newbury’s Fifth Annual Old Home Day

Newbury’s Fifth Annual Old Home Day promises to be a “day-long gala event” according to the program available on-line via the Newbury town website. (Be patient, it loads slowly, but’s it’s worth the wait to get the complete schedule.) There will be lots of different music, games, food, games and activities, ribbon cutting ceremony for the town’s sidewalk project, and a grand fireworks display at dusk.

The Newbury Center Meeting House fund-raising committee kicks off the weekend on Friday night at the Mount Sunapee State Park with a special “thank-you”concert for the community. The Northeast Navy Showband will perform at 7 p.m., and it’s open to the public free of charge. Read more about it.

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