Old Home Days this weekend

Friday, September 17, 2010

Special to the Journal

This year’s Old Home Days event is running from Sept. 16-18 at Nichols Field, Depot Road, in Hollis.

Hollis Old Home Days’ highlights may be found at www.

On Friday night, the teen dance is scheduled as usual by the Lawrence Barn, with selected activities and vendors available to provide teens a night out in Hollis to mingle with their peers. Adult chaperones may volunteer with Steve Luce at the entertainment tent between 7 and 8 p.m. The dance ends promptly at 10:30.

On Saturday, all exhibits, vendors, town organizations and demonstrators will be on hand to bring “Hollis Treasures” to life. The parade will kick things off at 10:30 a.m. starting at the high school and traveling north to Monument Square and then south down Depot Road to Orchard Drive – just past Nichols field.

Fundraising is underway, with a new twist this year. A variety of merchandise is being offered via the Old Home Days website, www.hollisold There, shoppers can purchase long or short sleeve T-shirts, tote bags, recycle bags laceup hoodies, Frisbees and tick removal kits – with the Hollis Treasures logo – by clicking on logo merchandise on the left-hand menu. All proceeds go to Town of Hollis, Old Home Days.

Donations may also be made on the website by choosing “Donate” on the left-hand menu and following the directions on the that page, or by mailing a check made payable to: The Town of Hollis, OHD, at P.O. Box 744, Hollis, NH 03049.

This year will also be the return of the Antique Car and Tractor Show following the Old Home Day Parade on Sept. 18.

“It’s been a great addition to the fun and attractions over the last couple years, and we’re going to continue to display these ‘Treasures’ in the theme of Old Home Days for 2010,” said Mark Piekarski, chairman of the Old Home Day Parade Committee. The show location for all vehicles and tractors will be on Nichols Field along with all other Old Home Day activities. The show runs from 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Those vehicles participating in the parade will proceed onto Nichols Field for display.

Again, all Hollis residents, organizations and civic groups are invited join in the grand parade celebrating “Hollis Treasures.”

If you would like to join the Old Home Day Parade or Antique Car and Tractor Show check out the Hollis Old Home Day website at or call Mark Piekarski at 566-6789.

The weekend’s full schedule is below.

Hollis Old Home Days, Sept. 16-18

(All events at Nichols Field unless otherwise noted)


5-7 p.m.: RE/MAX tethered hot air balloon rides to benefit Old Home Days ($5 for children, $10 for adults), weather permitting.

6-11 p.m.: Amusement rides and midway will be open.

7-10:30 p.m.: Teen dance.


6:30 a.m.: Hot air balloons lift off (weather permitting).

10 a.m-5 p.m.: All vendor and organization booths open.

Demonstrators of Black Ash Basketry, rug hooking, cross stitch, spinning in the Demonstrators Tent.

Construction of traditional stone walls will be demonstrated at the Hollis Art Society Tent.

10 a.m.-5:30 p.m.: Silent Auction in the Lawrence Barn.

10 a.m.-8:30 p.m.: Amusements and midway will be open.

10:30 a.m.: Parade starts at Hollis /Brookline High School, along Main St., past the Town Common, ending at Nichols Field.

11 a.m.: Entry deadline for apple pie contest.

11 a.m.-2:25 p.m.: Registration for pet parade ($5).

11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.: Car, truck and tractor show.

Noon: Flag raising and national anthem.

12:15 p.m.: Band Concert by the Town Band in the Performance Tent.

12:30 p.m.: Hollis Area Equestrian Drill Team demonstration in the horse ring.

1-2 p.m.: Children’s Firemen’s Muster.

1:30-2:30 p.m.: Kip Ferguson plays folk songs in the Performance Tent.

2:30 p.m.: Pet Parade by the horse ring.

3 p.m.-4 p.m.: Jerry Jean and His Bluegrass Pickin Buddies performing in the Performance Tent.

3:15-4 p.m. Field games for children and adults.

3:30-5:30 p.m.: Chicken barbecue for Hollis residents older 90 years old in the Barbecue Tent.

3:30-7 p.m.: Chicken Barbecue in the barbecue tent ($12 for adults, $8 for seniors 65+ and children 12 and younger).

4 p.m.: Hollis/Brookline Rotary Cow Pattie Bingo in Waugaman Field.

Corn Toss Tournament

4:30-5:30 p.m.: North Main Music Guitar Army, teenage guitarists with a variety of musical styles in the Performance Tent.

5- 7 p.m.: RE/MAX tethered hot air balloon rides to benefit Old Home Days ($5 for children, $10 for adults) weather permitting.

5:30 p.m.: Bidding ends for the silent auction items.

6 p.m.: Retiring of the flag and patriotic song.

6:15-6:45 p.m.: Rosita Lee Dance Center, teenage competitive dance team in the Performance Tent.

7:15-7:45 p.m.: Less Than 3, pop/country songs in the Performance Tent.

7:30 p.m.: Announcement of silent auction winners.

8 p.m.: Fireworks (rain date: Sunday, Sept. 19).

Note: This schedule is subject to last minute changes. In case of heavy rain, events will be postponed until Sunday with a modified schedule (no parade).

Listen and watch for announcements on cable and radio. Light rain will not postpone any activities except the fireworks, which will then be held Sunday.

A more detailed schedule listing demonstrators and vendors will be available on Saturday at the Old Home Day Booth.

Parking next to Nichols Field will be limited to handicap and OHD permit parking only. Parking lots across the street will be utilized for others.

Please watch for and observe all parking signs and parking attendants. Cars subject to ticketing and towing.

– Submitted by Jeanne Cleveland and Peter White, members of the Old Home Days committee

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