Piermont marks 250th with parade, a giant cake and a whole lot of fun
By JOHN KOZIOL
Union Leader Correspondent |
August 10. 2014 8:28PM
The Town of Piermont celebrated its 250th anniversary on Saturday with a parade that started at the Piermont Church and featured more than two dozen units, including bands, a large cake, equestrians, classic autos and vintage farm equipment. (JOHN KOZIOL/Union Leader Correspondent)
PIERMONT – This small town on the east bank of the Connecticut River celebrated the 250th anniversary of its founding on Saturday in a big way and with a variety of events, including a parade that attracted as many observers as there are residents.
Incorporated by Gov. Benning Wentworth in 1764 and settled in 1768, the town has about 800 year-round residents, most of whom — plus an additional 700 or so spectators — lined the one-mile parade route that began at the Piermont Church and proceeded down Church Street onto Route 10.
Bernie Marvin, who coordinated the parade and is a member of the Piermont 250th committee led by Abby Metcalf, said the parade and the semiquincentennial observances — the last of which takes place four months hence — culminate more than two years of planning and fundraising, with the latter including monthly dinners.
To date, the 250th committee has been very busy, having published a cookbook as well as an updated town history, Marvin said.
In addition, the committee organized Saturday’s parade and subsequent events which included a chicken barbecue at the Piermont Fire Station and performances by variousl bands and individuals.
Marvin thanked parade participants and spectators, as well as Metcalf, saying, “She’s a good leader and. as a former Marine, I love good leadership. She really put the show together.”In addition to the extensive planning that helped make the parade a success, Mother Nature also contributed, said Marvin.
“The biggest worry that I ever had with parades is the weather,” said Marvin, which was perfect on Saturday.
He noted that the 250th anniversary parade honored veterans as well as some of Piermont’s “first families,” some of whose descendants rode in a wagon drawn by two draught horses.
“They got a good ride and they really enjoyed it,” Marvin said, while children along the parade route enjoyed the candy that a number of political candidates distributed as they marched.
“Everything went off without a hitch. The parade was gapless and it really worked out well,” Marvin summed up, although it did create a traffic jam, albeit briefly, as it wound through Piermont Village.