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Enfield Revives  Old Home Days

This undated postcard shows Enfield's Main Street. Courtesy of Enfield Heritage Commission

This undated postcard shows Enfield's Main Street. Courtesy of Enfield Heritage Commission

Enfield — This summer, Enfield will revive Old Home Days, a tradition that dates back more than 100 years.

The festivities, sponsored by the town’s heritage commission, are set for July 26-28.

The weekend events are “really a way for people who live in town to reconnect with each other. You meet your friends and neighbors, and you make new friends.” said Meredith Smith, the commission’s chairwoman.

They also build community and provide a way for children to learn about their heritage, she added.

The revival was inspired by the town’s 250th celebrations in 2011, Smith said. “Everyone enjoyed it so much.”

When the Enfield-Mascoma Lionesses Club booked the Upper Valley Community Band for a July 26 performance in Huse Park, “we decided it’s now or never,” and aimed for that weekend, she said.

It’s unclear how long it’s been since the last Old Home Days were held in town, although several residents remember attending them, Smith said.

Activities on July 27 will include a farmers market in Huse Park, a tour of the historic Greeley House, now under renovation, and a scavenger hunt on Main Street.

An “enchanted island,” also on Main Street, will feature fairy houses and other “magical stuff” for kids and grownups to discover, Smith said.

Evening activities on July 27 include a chicken barbeque in Huse Park, followed by a community dance and open mic at Enfield Shaker Museum’s Stone Mill Building.

More events are listed below:

∎ July 26, 7 p.m. Upper Valley Community Band concert in Huse Park. Food will be available before the performance at a chili cook-off sponsored by Enfield United Methodist Church.

∎ July 27, 1-3 p.m. Ice cream social and launch party for the new public library building, Enfield Public Library parking lot.

∎ July 28, 1 p.m. Hike up Shaker Mountain, sponsored by Enfield Conservation Commission. Meet at Stone Mill for a bring-your-own picnic.

Additional information will be posted on the town website, www.enfield.nh.us.

— Aimee Caruso

CORRECTION

The Upper Valley Community Band will play on July 26 in Huse Park in Enfield. The date was incorrect in an earlier version of this article.