Londonderry Old Home Day to celebrate town memories
LONDONDERRY — A familiar face from countless Londonderry meetings and events will lead the way at this year’s Old Home Day parade.
Local volunteer Pollyann Winslow has been named the 2014 Old Home Day grand marshal, event officials have announced.
Kathy Wagner of the Londonderry Old Home Day Committee said Winslow was an easy choice for the Grand Marshall position.
“She does so much around town, but most of it goes under the radar,” Wagner said this week. “She’s kind of an unsung hero and it’s about time she gets some formal recognition.”
The theme for this year’s Old Home Day celebration — “Londonderry: Where Memories Are Made” — comes courtesy of the fourth-graders in teacher Deanna Poulin’s class at Londonderry South Elementary School.
Winslow moved to Londonderry in late summer 1999, shortly before her only child, Lyssa, started the first grade. The morning after moving in, the family attended their first Old Home Day parade, and not long after, Winslow began volunteering in her daughter’s classroom.
“I’d just moved to town and I realized that volunteering was probably the best way to meet some like-minded people,” Winslow recalled.
Eventually she began meeting more and more of her neighbors and she started serving on the Best Towns Committee in the early 2000s.
Having participated in a community leadership program during her years living in Texas, Winslow was one of several Londonderry residents to create a similar program in her new hometown.
The Leadership Londonderry program, a community leadership initiative aimed at exposing locals to the many board and committee volunteer opportunities around town, was founded in 2003 and continues to this day.
While Leadership Londonderry is taking a temporary hiatus this year due to limited enrollments, Winslow said she has no doubt the program will resurface in the near future, noting interest in Leadership Londonderry has traditionally ebbed and flowed.
“We have so many talented people living right here in town,” Winslow said. “So giving people the chance to come hear a presentation on what our boards do and maybe meet some of the members can inspire someone to stop and think, ‘I could do that too.’”
In 2003 Winslow was named Londonderry’s Volunteer of the Year for her work with the local Parent Teacher Association, the Best Towns Committee and Leadership Londonderry.
More recently, she’s been active with the Londonderry Trailways organization, a group that’s been instrumental in bringing a paved recreation trail to town.
She also remains an active member of Londonderry Friends of Music, even though her daughter graduated from Londonderry High School three years ago.
Winslow said her experiences working with several political campaigns many years ago while living in Washington, D.C., have given her the skills to promote various civic and community causes — skills she’s enjoyed putting into practice on the home front.
“Whether you’re marketing a product, a person or an idea it’s very much the same,” she said. “Volunteering has been lots of fun for me, and I’ve made many wonderful friends along the way.”
This year’s Londonderry Old Home Day events will take place from Aug. 13-17. For more information visit www.oldhomeday.com.