As early colonists were busy grappling with new sugar and currency taxes and poor old John Wilkes was getting expelled from Parliament, a tiny town named Lincoln was just getting established in the north woods of New Hampshire.
This year marks the 250th anniversary of the town best known for its amazing scenery, myriad of trails and even dancing bears. To celebrate - beginning on July 26 - the town is inviting everyone to a weeklong commemoration featuring live music, drive-in movie night, block party, fireworks, a moonlit-guided hike to the top of the Indian Head, Lumberjills shows, a parade down Main Street, among other things.
"So I like that we're kind of showcasing the history of Lincoln with the log rolling and things, as well as using the theater and some unique opportunities we have to celebrate," said Tara Tower, chairwoman of the Lincoln 250th committee.
The fete kicks off with opening ceremonies Saturday and a day filled with professional lumberjack exhibitions and a golf tournament. A pancake breakfast starts Sunday right and will see even more lumberjack demonstrations. As night falls, participants can hike up Indian Head to watch fireworks light up the town below. "We're doing things that people never get to do," said Tower. "I've lived here 17 years, and I've never gotten to do a night hike up there. So we're doing things that people are really going to enjoy."
But the action doesn't end with the weekend. On Monday, participants can explore the town through a geocaching event.
"One of the school groups has hidden historical things around the community, so it will be like a scavenger hunt kind of thing," she said.
In addition, the Community Players will perform "A Tour Through Time," a play depicting Lincoln's history. A little music and ice cream will cool things off Tuesday, July 29, and the community can gather Wednesday for an outdoor movie night.
Heading toward the end of the week, a celebration banquet Thursday is planned, followed by a community block party Friday where one can get to know their neighbors, and then everyone can collectively burn off those two calorie-filled days at a community 5K Run/Walk Saturday.
To bring the celebration to a close, there will be a parade down Main Street complete with historical floats and closing ceremonies for everyone to enjoy.
"The alumni association is bringing a lot of people back, and so we're really trying to make it an event to bring a lot of people back for," Tower said. "One of the things we've been telling people is that most of us aren't going to be around for this again. So it's really one of those once of a lifetime opportunities that people really want to be a part of."
Throughout the week, there will also be several Lin-Wood Alumni Events taking place throughout the week, including: the golf tournament, lobster bake, young alumni reception, the pancake breakfast, banquet and more. For complete schedule details, go to www.linwoodalumni.com.