Mason Old Home Day returns Saturday

  • Money raised during Old Home Day will go toward the renovation of Mason Town Hall. Photo by Julia Stinneford

  • Mason's Town Hall, whose renovation is the fundraising goal of this year's Old Home Day. —Julia Stinneford

Monadnock Ledger-Transcript
Published: 9/6/2021 3:47:59 PM

Old Home Day is coming to Mason Saturday, and organizer Barbara DeVore said she wants the whole town to come out and take part in the event.

“There’s really something for everyone,” she said.

DeVore is a member of Mason’s Town Hall Renovation Committee, which is putting on Old Home Day this year in an effort to raise funds for the cause of renovating the town hall. 

“We’re trying to raise money – that’s our goal,” DeVore said, but at the same time, the hope is to bring the community together in a fun way. 

After a brief opening ceremony at 10 a.m., the entire center of town will be transformed into a space where people can walk from activity to activity and take part in the action all day. There will be music throughout the day in the town’s gazebo and about two dozen vendors selling homemade goods. The police department will be providing a cruiser for people to tour and the fire department will be serving hot dogs and hamburgers at midday. 

There will also be demonstrations for visitors, such as a Lucasfilm-licensed and fully functional R2-D2 droid that will zoom around one of the parking lots between the library and the police station, and a blacksmith demonstrating his craft.

Batiste Crosby, a Mason resident, said he was excited to show people his blacksmithing, and in particular, his 18-foot long metal fire-breathing dragon that functions as his forge. 

“I’m glad that we’re able to make this happen this year,” Crosby said of Old Home Day. He plans to demonstrate smaller items for passers-by, such as copper roses and small knives, and work on larger pieces such as swords throughout the day as they take longer.

“I enjoy getting out and having people see the work,” he said, and he hopes it’ll bring exposure to his business, Dragon Hollow Smiths, north forge – the southern forge belonging to his business partner in Tennessee. 

The library will be hosting a number of events throughout the day, according to director Judy Forty. There will be a book signing by Mason resident and author Melissa Franchi, a book sale, and various giveaways and raffle items. Forty is most excited that the library will be hosting children’s performer Mr. Aaron at 11 a.m. at the gazebo.

The performance is funded by a grant from the New Hampshire State Library, the New Hampshire Council on the Arts, and the Institute of Museum and Library Services. 

Additionally, the library will be hosting a poster exhibition to commemorate 9/11, from the 9/11 Memorial and Museum, entitled “September 11 2001, The Day That Changed The World.” It will be displayed all day and throughout the following days to allow people to experience the exhibition when they have the time. 

“I’m looking forward to it,” Forty said, placing particular emphasis on the Mr. Aaron performance and the 9/11 exhibition. “I think those are both wonderful programs for a variety of people.”

For DeVore, the most important component of the day is the ongoing raffle, whose proceeds will directly go toward the fundraising goal of the committee. “My coworkers here are hoping for $5,000, which is a great deal for Mason,” she said.

A great many raffle items will be available, DeVore said – almost too many. “You know how you start a little project and it just kind of grows out of control?” she said. There will be many raffle baskets, including some donated from local businesses and artists. Other items include historical art pieces from the town of Mason, gift certificates for local restaurants and shops, a Yeti cooler, a gift certificate for a backyard climbing wall owned by a Mason resident, and many more. 

DeVore estimates that there are about 70 raffle items in total. Tickets for these items will be $1 each or $5 for six, with more expensive items – such as the Yeti cooler – being $5 per ticket. 

Lastly, DeVore said, the state’s vaccine van will be administering free COVID-19 vaccine shots in the Mason Elementary School parking lot all day. 

DeVore said that she hopes everybody will be able to have a good time, and that she’s very excited to help put on the event.

“We’re hoping we can bring everybody out,” she said. “We’re hoping the community can come out and be together.”

Mason’s Old Home Day will be held in the town center from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 11.


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