The Nelson 250th Anniversary Committee invites the community to an all-day celebration of the town’s history on Saturday, July 8th. Activities begin at 10 AM and continue until 7 PM.
At 10 AM and again at 2 PM, there will be a presentation on the history of the Nelson Congregational Church, to be held at the Church.
At 12 noon, local dignitaries will gather for the bell ringing in the Old School House and the reading of proclamations from legislators.
The Ebenezer Hinsdale Garrison Re-enactment Group will provide a living history “day in the life” of ordinary folks from the time of the early days of Nelson. Wearing traditional clothing of the mid-18th century, they will demonstrate such things as cooking over an open fire, sewing, embroidery, making a broom, making a basket, butter churning, candle dipping, children’s games, music, demonstrating what a soldier or scout would carry, and possibly even musket firing.
There will be an exhibit of Things Made and Used in Early Nelson from clothespins to samplers at the Old Library.
R.P. Hale, Colonial Printer, will be operating an antique printing press and selling wood-cut prints.
The Nelson Fire Department will sell food for lunch to raise funds, and from 3 to 5 PM, there will be an Ice Cream Social ($5.00 to benefit the church) and Town Band Concert on the Nelson Congregational Church lawn.
Beginning at 5 PM, a Colonial Dance will be held in the Nelson Town Hall taught by Allison Aldrich Smith, Mistress of Dance. Music provided by Hunt Smith and R. P. Hale on instruments of their own making. Period dress encouraged but not required.
All ages are welcome. Admission is free. More information is available at http://nelsonhistory.org.