LANCASTER - The town of Lancaster is celebrating its 250th anniversary this year, and many special events are planned, in addition to a couple held annually, making July a busy month for the community.
Starting off the month, the annual Fourth of July parade will be held on Friday, July 4, and will start at 10 a.m. The parade will begin forming at the elementary school at 8:30 a.m.
Categories this year include: floats, horses, commercial equipment, bicycles, family/neighborhood floats, business entries and organizations. Certificates will be awarded.
The North of the Notch Ecumenical Singers will put on a special patriotic cantata in honor of the 250th anniversary on Sunday, July 6, at 4 p.m. at the Rialto Theatre. The program will include music, as well as narrations and comments by George Washington and Thomas Jefferson. It will also include a sing-a-long with the audience of patriotic songs.
The singers are a local group that usually does one performance a year, a Christmas in July performance. But this year, in recognition of the special anniversary, it will be a patriotic program.
Next year, the group is planning a concert of Appalachian music.
The program will be free, but donations are welcomed. The Rialto Theatre, located on Lancaster's Main Street, is air conditioned.
On Saturday, July 12, a special program put on by the Noyes Free Lecture Fund called Ricky Nelson Remembered, will be held at 3 p.m. at the Lancaster Fairgrounds, located on Route 3. The performers are Ricky Nelson's two sons, Gunnar and Matthew.
Starting at 9 a.m., a vendor and craft fair will take place on the fairgrounds, sponsored by the Northern Gateway Chamber of Commerce.
On Saturday, July 26, Lancaster's annual street fair will be held from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. along Main Street (the street remains open) and includes vendors, crafts, food and a children's area. There will also be a wiffle ball tournament and historic tours.
At 10 a.m. that morning as well, the Rascals Running Club will hold a 5K-sanctioned race that starts on Mechanics Street and ends at the library. For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
In conjunction with the street fair, again in honor of the 250th anniversary, Dr. Nathan Drum of Lancaster Eye Care, has organized a Civil War encampment. It is being sponsored by Lancaster Eye Care and Woodsville Guaranty Savings Bank.
The encampment will begin at 9 a.m. on Saturday, July 26, in Drew Park, located at the corner of Main Street and Bunker Hill Road.
Participants, and Dr. Drum said he is expecting 50 infantrymen, will camp overnight in the park. Participants include the 5th and 6th N.H. regiments and the 3rd Vermont regiment.
Lancaster resident Col. Edward E. Cross fought with the 5th and was killed at Gettysburg. A wreath will be laid at the obelisk that sits in front of his Main Street home.
An authentic Civil War-era church service will be held on Sunday at 9:30 a.m. The church service will be followed by skirmishes, cooking and musket- loading demonstrations.
President Abraham Lincoln is expected to come and thank the troops.
The N.H. Serenade Band will perform at the town gazebo at 6:30 p.m. Two light artillery cannons will be fired at 8 p.m.