Eighty of the world wide Mastersingers graced the Weld Town Hall with their wonderful voices Friday evening July 1 and Bruce McKinnis concluded the concert with a very special song he had written for the people of Weld. On Saturday afternoon July 2 the firemen had lots of games set up for the children and horseshoes for the adults at the ball field at the Town Garage followed by a “sold out” chicken barbeque with some unlucky people unable to get the wonderful chicken dinner after standing in line. Sunday people gathered at the Kawanhee ball field for a fun “pickup” game of softball, no one “struck out” – everyone got a hit! There were grilled red hot dogs and fresh popped corn to add to the festive mood of the spectators. The annual fundraiser for the Library, the Pontoon Boat ride, was the evening of July 3 with 14 boats participating and 80 participants. The second Weld Garden Tour was Saturday afternoon July 9, a bit wet but enjoyable as the rain seemed to stop or at least subside to sprinkles between stops. However, nearly everyone came prepared with umbrellas. The stops included Anne Agan’s “working” (making and selling bouquets) garden at the corner of Phillips Road & Cottage Lane; Dick and Theda Fairbanks home gardens and beautiful stone walls along Center Hill road; Bob and Kristie Paine’s gardens around their home; and the gardens around the home of Ted & Betty Simanek’s and the model electric train village. Due to the rain we did not get to see the train run, but did enjoy the delicious food and wine prepared by Jen Latham and Purse Drapeau. The final tour is August 12 so pray for a good day or at least no rain till nightfall. The results of the Special Town Meeting July 12 for those of you who didn’t attend: Byron Road and Morgan Road were closed to winter maintenance for the next ten years, which may be re-visited should someone live on these roads during the winter months; West Brook Road from Kiem’s to Byron Road and Buker Road from Wallis Tyler’s driveway to the end were also closed to winter maintenance; and it was voted not to move the WWI, WWII and Vietnam Veterans monuments located on the private property of the Weld Free Public Library to the Town Office/Post Office property at this time. It was suggested that future conflict monuments could be placed at the Town Office.

Now, for the schedule for the following two weeks: Webb Lake Day in the field at the head of the lake from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, July 16 (rain date of July 17) with airplane and helicopter rides for a fee, kayak races, standup paddle board races, badminton tournament, World Famous Webb Lake Corn Hole Tournament, what’s living in the lake with certified Naturalist, barbecued chicken, red hot dogs, hamburgers, cheeseburgers and sweets, Contact Lisa Bofinger 585-2441; Webb Lake Assoc. Fishing Derby Sunday July 17 from 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. MUST register BEFORE 8 a.m. that morning, entry fee for ages 1-15 $1and 16 and older $2, Prizes for biggest fish $25, $15, $10 in the children’s category and $25 for biggest game fish of bass, salmon or trout ONLY contact Paula Smith 585-2393 or 392-2921; Sunday July 17 at 9 a.m., the Kawanhee Boys will be doing a large part of the Sunday Service at the Weld Congregational Church; Tuesday July 19 Weld Public Library Story and Craft hour from 2:30-3:30 p.m. at the Library; Thursday July 14 Webb Lake Assoc. Meeting at 7 p.m. at the multi-purpose room in the Town Office/Post Office complex; appearing Friday July 22 at 7 p.m. at the Weld Town Hall will be “Celtic Couples” with Don & Cindy Roy and Matt & Erica Shipman, $15 at the Door to benefit the Library, Jam Session at 6 p.m.; Tuesday July 26 Weld Public Library Story and Craft hour from 2:30-3:30 p.m. at the Library; Selectmen’s meeting Tuesday July 26 in the multi-purpose room in the Town Office/Post Office complex; don’t forget July 28 from 4-8 p.m. is the RSU #9 School Budget Validation Vote!

The BIG weekend is approaching. Due to the timing of my next article, July 29, I will fill you in now on what’s happening so you can prepare.

We start off Friday July 29 with an Antique Appraisal from 10 a.m. -1 p.m. at the Historical Society Town House open to the public for $5 per item with a 3 item limit/person; Bicentennial Street Dance from 7-10 p.m. on Mill Street, weather permitting (if it rains it will be at the Weld Town Hall), which will be closed to through traffic during which time you must use the Back Road

July 30 there are nine scheduled Bicentennial Events beginning with Weld Rec. Org. Annual Pancake Breakfast from 7-9 a.m. upstairs at the Weld Town Hall (now handicap accessible); Mill Street will be closed as well as the Back Road, Church Street and all traffic entering the village–from School Street you MUST take the long way around the village up Center Hill Road left onto the Phillips Road to the West Side Road/Byron Road to the State Park Beach and Carthage, and reverse to get to Wilton from Carthage/Dixfield. Weld Village will be closed to thru traffic from 9 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. so unless you are coming to the parade Saturday morning DON’T use Weld/School or Weld/Dixfield Roads Saturday from 9 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. July 30!! July 30 Bicentennial Children’s Parade (Registration at 9 a.m.) 9:30-10:30 a.m., decorate bicycles, doll carriages, wagons (nothing motorized), or just simply yourself and march in the parade, all children must be accompanied by an adult; July 30 from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. is the Bicentennial Parade, entry forms are available at the Town Office and should be filled out and returned to the town office before July 28, it is open to groups, businesses, families, and individuals associated with the Town of Weld categories are Judges Choice, Best “In Town”, Best Family Float, Most Original, Most Weld Float, Most Humorous, Antique Vehicle/Tractor and Most Bicentennial–NO THROWING candy, but it may be offered to spectators, contact Laurie Pratt 585-2336; Arts and Crafts Show and Sale 1-5 p.m. at the Town Hall Upscale Craft Fair where local artisans will have an opportunity to display and sell their creations, setup at 8 a.m. contact Sean 585-2542 or Joanie Hale 508-572-0646 for more information and/or table rental; Weld Post Office Postage Cancellation with Bicentennial logo from 1:30-3 p.m. on the Historical Society lawn, contact Chris Cochran 585-2306; Tumbledown Tackers Quilt Show 1-5 p.m. at the Weld Congregational Church – they are also accepting submissions from the public if you have a family favorite you would like to share call Mary DeChristofaro at 585-2621; Weld Birdhouses displayed with ribbons 1-5 p.m. at the Weld Historical Society, Joanie Hale 508-572-0646; Church Chicken Barbeque from 4:00-till sold out get in line early they are hoping to do the “half chicken” dinners (Masonic recipe) this year, which will include coleslaw, roll, and homemade Blueberry cake contact Debbie Smith 585-2587; Bicentennial Fireworks extravaganza they will be doing the show at the head of the lake, with parking in the field or you will be able to see most of the show from any high vantage point in town if you don’t want to fight the traffic at the conclusion, or on your boat in the lake if you have driven the Lake after dark and are sure of the rock locations– -be safe and enjoy the weekend!

Sunday July 31 there is a special Church Service at 9 a.m. (Chris Cochran 585-2306); Weld Extension Box Lunches incl. sandwich, chips and a cookie with water, lemonade or iced tea will be sold at the Historical Society where you can enjoy your “picnic” during the musical entertainment there at 11 a.m. ([email protected]) and at 7:30 p.m. at the Town Hall the Charlie Jennison Trio of jazz musicians will be in concert. Schedules for this weekend are available at the Town Office, vendors will be selling food on the grounds of the Historical Society all day Saturday; please use the trash cans provided; out houses provided along the parade route; NO PARKING on Mill or Church Streets during the morning on Saturday; FREE Parking available across from the Town Garage ALL DAY Saturday; Law enforcement will be in town and on the lake for the majority of the weekend. Hopefully this is all updated so you can get your copy of the updated schedule for the weekend of July 29-31 at the Town Office or at weldbicentennial.com.

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