Historical glass ball highlight of Lyndeborough Community Day get-together

Saturday was a perfect day for a get-together at the Town Hall in Lyndeborough Center – bright sun, light breeze, not too hot – and a couple hundred people took advantage of the many activities during the town’s eighth annual Community Day.

The highlight of the afternoon was the formal acceptance of a glass ball made by an apprentice at the Lyndeborough Glass Factory sometime before 1888. The presentation was by proxy – by way of a large photograph made by Nadine Preftakes. The one-of-a-kind, irreplaceable artifact is kept safe at the J.A. Tarbell Library.

The ball was given to the Lyndeborough Historical Society by former resident Beverley Sherman Shea. It had come to her many years ago through her aunt, whose husband was a nephew of the maker. A glass case was made by resident glass artist Corey Cheever and a wooden base for it by resident woodworker Eddie Eddie. Both men donated their works to the town.

All three were presented with certificates of appreciation, and everyone is invited to stop in at the Tarbell Library to view the ball.

Earlier in the day, resident Jerry Reneau played a selection of old hymns on the late-1800s Estes Reed organ that is owned by the United Church. The organ, once owned by the former Baptist Church in South Lyndeborough, had been purchased at auction in the 1970s by former residents Arnold and Priscilla Byam. After their deaths, the organ was returned to the church by their son Arnie. The church then had the instrument restored. The last church organist to play it during a service was Margaret Hutchinson.

A silent auction inside the hall offered items as diverse as samples of Lyndeborough glass, handmade wooden items, baskets of maple products and gift certificates to a host of activities.

The Heritage Commission brought the first draft of its ongoing Old House Project, an update of the list of houses from the 1905 town history. Residents with older homes were invited to look at the entries, make corrections or additions, and provide stories of former residents. Many people did. The book will be available at the town office for those who missed it.

The Lafayette Artillery Company held a flag retirement ceremony, the Fire Department offered some safety tips for BBQ grills, and the Granite State Conjurors presented a magic show.

A day of meeting old friends, catching up with former residents, and just enjoying the festivities ended with a steak dinner.

Activities were scheduled to continue Sunday, with 14 farms and small businesses open for tours and visitors.

Jessie Salisbury can be reached at 654-9704 or jessies@tellink.net.