“A Salute to Swanzey:  Past and Present...”
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Swanzey Old Home Day, Saturday, July 20, 2013               

A Salute to Swanzey: Past and Present…
Come help us celebrate Swanzey's 260th birthday!

• Classic Car Show • Bike the Bridges with Bob Audette • Tour the Mt. Caesar Cemetery with Francis Faulkner  • Covered Wagon Historical Tour of Swanzey with State Rep. Jane B. Johnson   • Hike up Mt. Caesar with Stanley Earle •
• Parade • Crafters • Farmers Market • Food, food and more food! • Civil War Re-enactments • Mt. Caesar Library Annual Sale • Bouncy house and Games for the kids • Open Space Oxen Ambassadors:  Bright, Jesse, James • Karaoke with DJ Mike Blair, Monadnock Maverick Line Dance Show Team and so much more!!

NEW THIS YEAR!!   A huge eleven-by-eleven sandbox with child-size excavating equipment so your children can practice digging to their hearts content and a full-sized dump truck for them to ‘practice’ driving the BIG truck. 
Sponsored by Cold River Materials.

And at 2PM, Cold River Materials will raffle off THREE children’s bicycles, complete with helmets.  All FREE!!

Swanzey Old Home Days starts with a presentation of  ‘Big House, Little House, Back House, Barn: The Connected Farm Buildings of New England’ by author Thomas Hubka.  "Big house, little house, back house, barn"--this rhythmic cadence was sung by nineteenth-century children as they played. It also portrays the four essential components of the farms where many of them lived. The stately and beautiful connected farm buildings made by nineteenth-century New Englanders stand today as a living expression of a rural culture, offering insights into the people who made them and their agricultural way of life.

A visual delight as well as an engaging tribute to our nineteenth-century forebears, this book has become one of the standard works on regional farmsteads in America.
This presentation is FREE and will be held on Thursday July 18 at 7:00 PM in the First Congregational Church, 679 Old Homestead Hwy, Swanzey at 7:00PM.  Refreshments will be served.
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