Mason celebrates 250 years: Party like it’s 1768 next weekend

  • A 360-degree panoramic view of Mason’s town center, taken from the village’s Gazebo. —Photo by Ben Bolduc

Published: 8/14/2018 10:31:43 AM

In August of 1768, Obadiah Parker set off on foot from southern New Hampshire to Portsmouth, seeking from Governor John Wentworth a signature to incorporate the town of Mason.

Well, actually, the town of Sharon. When the town’s proprietors decided on the name, they didn’t know that “Sharon” had already been claimed. So, before the papers were signed, the name “Sharon” was crossed out, and “Mason” written in instead, probably for Capt. John Mason, the man who owned the grant for the land that would become New Hampshire, though he died before ever stepping foot in the state.

This was the founding of Mason. This month marks the town’s 250th anniversary, which will be celebrated on Aug. 25, usually a date reserved for the town’s Old Home Day celebrations, with fireworks the night before, music, history talks and exhibitions of local art and artifacts. For a full schedule of events, see below.

Mason 250th Celebration Schedule

Friday, August 24

Dusk Fireworks at Ballfield on Sand Pit Road

Saturday, August 25

8:00 –10:00 Pancake Breakfast at the Church

9:00 5K Road Race Starting from Sand Pit Road

10:00 Opening Ceremony on Common, then to Cemetery

10:50 Beard Contest at the Gazebo

11:00 Pleasant View Cemetery Tour of Old Gravestones

11:00 – 4:00 Music at the Gazebo

11:00 – 4:00 Wandering Minstrel Charlie Moser and His Mandolin

11:00 Mike Ordway - Contemporary Songs with Guitar

11:30 “Little Red Riding Hood” Play in School

Children’s Historical Art Panels Unveiled

12 p.m. Bob Pope & Lisa Greenleaf - Guitar & Ukulele Duo

1 Temple Town Dance Band - Big Band Dance Music

1:00 Church History, Stories and Songs

1:00 – 2:30 Afternoon Tea and Sweets at the Church

2:00 Pleasant View Cemetery Tour of Old Gravestones

2:10 Jerry Wile -- Original Compositions, Guitar & Singing

3:10 Jess & Dean -- Contemporary Songs with Guitar & Banjo

Throughout the Day

History of Mason – Chat with Ron Dube about his new book, History of Mason 1968 - 2018

Old-fashioned Children’s Games from the Past 100 Years and Face Painting

Petting Zoo and Pony Rides

Robotics Display - US FIRST Team 1729

Library Exhibits, Artists and Artisans, Old Quilts, Historical Displays

Freedom’s Way Heritage Area - Meet Patrice Todisco, Executive Director,and Bode’s sculptor, Mason artist Liz Fletcher. Take photo with Bode.

Meet Uncle Sam, chat with Little Red Riding Hood and Obadiah Parker as they wander about town

Pastel Art Exhibit - by Deborah Smith in Church’s Fellowship Hall

Antique Cars - In church field

Antique Firetrucks - In church parking area

Conservation Commission and Energy Commission

Vendor Booths - On the church green

Food and Drinks

Sunday, August 26

10:00 Old-Tyme Church Service

Dusk Rain Date for Fireworks if Postponed from August 24

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