Bedford Olde Towne Day set for Saturday, Sept. 20

It’s time to continue the tradition with the Bedford Olde Towne Day celebration. As the town continues to grow every year, it is comforting to know that on Sept. 20, volunteers will take time out of their schedules to provide a day of activities for the residents of Bedford. This type of activity helps to show what community is really all about.

Olde Towne Day was started in 1994, when Mary Lou and Bruce Wilson coordinated with the town’s community groups and local restaurants, creating the atmosphere of an old town fair.

Each year, groups of local organizations and businesses in town work together to turn the Sportsman’s and Riley Field complex into a fun-filled afternoon festival for all ages. The event outgrew the original location in the parking lot of the Bedford Village Shoppes and continues to grow with the help of dedicated residents.

While enjoying the Bedford Olde Towne Day 2014, be sure to sample the exquisite food offered by local eateries at “The Taste”. This year the restaurants that will be offering samples at “The Taste,” include Weathervane, The Country’s Best Yogurt and Carrabbas. Food booths will be open from 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. For more information, visit the Parks & Recreation Department’s website at www.bedfordreconline.com or call 472-5242.

Kids can enjoy the bounce house sponsored by the Bedford Men’s Club along with 41 other organizations who will be offering fun and exciting activities such as the spider toss, game of striker, face painting, dodgeball and Kids-K-race. There also will be local musical entertainment and demonstrations at the performance stage by Ginger Line Dancing and Bedford Martial Arts.

The new crafters and artists section will include Ann Germain with silk arrangements and wreaths, Harriet Lohnes of Fancy Knits with scarves and hats for all ages, Elizabeth Crammer with pastel paintings and Luci Lesmerises with oil paintings on display and for purchase.

Thank you to sponsors Primrose School at Bedford Hills, Daniel Webster Animal Hospital, Spectrum Marketing Company and SPORTSTOP of New Hampshire. For more information, contact Jane O’Brien at 472-5242 or e-mail jobrien@bedfordnh.org.

Every year, the BOTD committee selects an organization to receive the funds from the Olde Towne Day to benefit the community. For 2014, the organization is the Bedford Historical Society.

– Submitted by Jane O’Brien, Parks & Recreation Department manager