Hancock Old Home Days on the horizon

  • The Hancock Old Home Day Parade in 2018 carried on despite a mid-parade rain shower. Staff photo by Meghan Pierce

Monadnock Ledger-Transcript
Published: 8/7/2019 9:23:39 PM

Hancock’s Old Home Days kick off on Friday, Aug. 16 and continue through Aug. 18. The theme this year is “Our Vast Community: All the Critters of Hancock.”

“Hancock’s Old Home Days are always tremendously festive.” Sarah Laeng-Gillatt said, describing the long-running event as “quintessential New England community revelry.”

Laeng-Gillatt is one of the three organizers of the event, along with Alison Corrigan and Sean Kerwin.

She pointed to a new event on this year’s agenda: a Sunday morning paddling party on Norway Pond, led by Susie Spikol of the Harris Center for Conservation Education. Interested participants are instructed to bring a floating craft of their choice and a PFD for an hour-long circuit of the pond.

This year, “Hancock’s Got Talent,” the event’s annual talent show, is pairing up with the Saturday night cabaret at the Hancock Depot. “The Depot cabarets are wonderful, we do them on the first Saturday of every month,” said David Young, organizer of the cabarets. He is excited to combine the events, as the cabarets started up four years ago on Old Home Days weekend. Acts can sign up day-of, but Young encourages potential participants to sign up in advance so he can highlight the local flavor during the evening’s lineup. The evening lineup will feature the Rusted Bucket Band and Eyes of Age.

Returning favorites include a Saturday evening contra dance on the town common, following the Hancock Fire Department chicken barbecue. Other events include a synchronized swimming performance on Norway Pond, pickup ball games, an outdoor movie on the town common, and a petting zoo. See the August edition of Hancock Happenings for the full itinerary.

This year’s parade grand marshals will be Polly and Jim Curran. Laeng-Gillatt said the organizers are still taking entries for Saturday’s parade, and encourages participants to design a float with the theme in mind. “We are always in need of volunteers throughout the weekend,” she said, and asked for potential helpers to sign up ahead of time.

“Old Home Days magically comes together because it takes a village to do it,” Laeng-Gillat said. “There’s always room for new ideas and energy, and it’s what the community makes of it. The sky’s the limit.”


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