KINGSTON —a One of the oldest communities in the state, Kingston observes the 325th anniversary of its founding this year, and planning is nearly complete for a commemorative celebration all can enjoy.
Established in 1694, Kingston was the sixth New Hampshire town to receive its Royal Charter, which was granted by King William of England.
There will be two full weekends, July 27-28 and August 3-4, of events, with nightly entertainment spanning the on intervening days and nights. One of the 325th Celebration's highlights will be on Sat., August 3, when the New Hampshire Philharmonic comes to town, with a laser light show to follow.
The first weekend, July 27-28, opens with a children's parade, the New Hampshire State Troopers police dog demonstration, crafters with homemade goods and an old fashion flea market.
There will be a corn hole tournament, a motorcycle show, sponsored by the New Hampshire Patriot Riders, with proceeds helping local veterans. There will be good food, raffles and entertainment, including Tony D's Dixieland Band, Bird of Prey Educator and Rehabilitator Jane Kelly, the Timberland Jazz Band, Stumpy Joe Band and The SpaceHeaters.
Fireworks light the skies Saturday night July 27. Sun., July 28, starts off with a non-denominational church service under the big top, followed up with plenty of fun. The day include Bingo, Curious Creatures, Wayne from Maine and Conquer Self Defense, an antique car show, Walkin" The Line band and raffle opportunities.
The evening events from July 29 through Aug 2 all feature local entertainers. On Monday, men's groups V&P Music SUMX4 performs. Tuesday, Steppin' Out Dance Academy takes to the stage with women’s groups Amanda Kenerson and Grenon the Band highlighting Wednesday evening’s offerings. Thursday, Artty Raynes Francoer and the Windham Community Band are the headliners, and Friday features Our Loving Cup Band, as well as a beer tent, rides and the Kingston Volunteer Fire Department's Lobster Dinner.
Saturday and Sunday, August 3 and 4, are loaded with activities. Kingston’s 325th Anniversary Parade starts at 10:00 a.m., followed by a horseshoe contest, festival rides, the Sixth Maine Battery Militia Re-enactment, and the Lion's Club Pancake Breakfast. There's a spaghetti dinner planned and a huge 325th birthday cake.
This weekend also offers a play by Sanborn Regional Middle School students that features the important role Kingston's Josiah Bartlett played in the formation of the nation and Granite State. A doctor and statesman, Bartlett was New Hampshire's delegate to the Continental Congress and one of the signers of the Declaration of Independence. He served as the state's President in 1791 and became its first governor after the state's Constitution went into effect in 1792.
Festival rides on Kingston Plains extend from Thursday night, August 1 through Sunday, August 4. There will even be helicopter rides.
A committee of townspeople was created last year by Kingston’s Board of Selectmen to oversee the celebration of the community’s long and distinguished history. These festivities are supported by fundraising efforts over the years. Kingston tax dollars are not being spent.
Satellite parking areas will be available with handicap accessible buses to provide transportation to the venues. There will also be handicap accessible bathrooms and ATM services will be available.
For maps, directions and the complete schedule, visit http://kingstonnh325thcelebration.com.
For more information, contact Lynn Gainty, 603-702-2811.