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Published: 07-19-2023 9:28 AM

Belmont 10 Mile Road Race

Looking for a nice challenge this summer? The Belmont 10-Mile Road Race is calling your name. Join in on Aug. 12 for a race that is deep in history; taking runners over several back roads of Belmont. This summer’s race will have a new earlier start time of 7:30 a.m. to beat the August heat and give participants the rest of the day to float in a pool, attend a BBQ, or enjoy other Old Home Day activities. Registration forms for the 10-Mile race are on the Town of Belmont’s website at belmntnh.org. Registrations are appreciated; however, day of sign-ups are also accepted starting at 7 a.m. in the Belmont Middle School parking lot on School Street/Memorial Drive. The $18 registration fee includes race entry and a T-shirt to commemorate the achievement of a challenging 10-Mile run. Forms are also available at Belmont Town Hall on Main Street. Questions? Contact Courtney Roberts at (603) 707-0517 or Gretta Olson-Wilder at (603) 998-7998.

Penacook Family Fun Day

On July 29, 1 to 4 p.m., at 11 Penacook Street, Penacook, join the Penacook Historical Society and the Abbot-Downing Historical Society for Old Fashioned Family Fun Day! Peek into the 1774 House and 1790s Rolfe Barn at fascinating layers of history. View the Abbot-Downing Historical Society wagons, sleighs and coaches stored in the barn. The vehicles will move to a new home in the Concord City Stables in a couple of years, so come see them in Penacook while you can. There’s even a rare mail-carrying sleigh coach in the little yellow garage. Test your skills at old fashioned games like corn hole, jump rope and hoola hoops. Pick up a free ice cream and wander through the Community Garden. The 1834 House and Gift Shop will be open for self-guided tours, including the 1976 Bicentennial Quilt. Wear a historical costume if you’d like to dress the part. The event is free for everyone. Donations are welcome and appreciated. Bring water bottles – we’ll have a water refilling station on the porch of the 1834 House. Park on the street or in the field to the right of the barn. This is a fair-weather event. Check for updates at penacookhistoricalsociety.org/events.

Concord Concert on the Lawn

The Pierce Brigade will host a summer concert on lawn of the Pierce Manse — President Franklin Pierce’s historic Concord home — on Thursday, July 20 at 7 p.m. The concert is free and open to the public. Nevers’ Second Regiment Band is the Capital City’s professional community band and derives its name from its military affiliation with the Second Regiment of the New Hampshire National Guard in the late 1800’s and direction for more than half a century by Claremont cornetist, Arthur Nevers. The band also has links to the Civil War Band of 1861 that accompanied the Third New Hampshire Regiment to Hilton Head, South Carolina. Throughout its years of service, Nevers’ Band has remained a professional civilian community band, but its military origins have always flavored its history and traditions. Nevers’ Band Concerts are an exciting and fun experience for the whole family. Their diverse repertoire includes popular numbers, patriotic music, classic orchestral transcriptions, music from motion pictures and more. At any given concert, audiences may hear anything from the 1812 Overture to the music of the Beatles. There will be an ice cream social preceding the concert from 5:30-6:30 p.m. Attendees should bring a chair or blanket. The rain date for the concert is July 21. The Pierce Manse is open for guided tours on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. through Oct. 28. No reservations are required. The Pierce Manse is located at 14 Horseshoe Pond Land in Concord. More information, including a complete calendar of events, can be found at piercebrigade.org.

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