The Heart of Nashua with Joan Stylianos: Nashua ready to celebrate  Holman Stadium's 80th birthday

Albert Einstein, the late German mathematician and physicist, has a quote you might have heard:

“That is the way to learn the most, that when you are doing something with such enjoyment that you don’t notice that the time passes.”

Just ask Ward 7 Alderman June Caron — she has been connected to Holman Stadium for the past 40 years or so and worked every Fourth of July celebration with the Gate City there — except for one when she gave birth to her son.

Caron is also in her fourth term as an alderman, so being involved with just about every facet of city government and having great pride and love for Nashua are just a couple of reasons why she continues to pay it forward to the community.

Caron is part of an energetic team, including Parks and Recreation Superintendent Nicholas Caggiano, putting the finishing touches on Holman Stadium’s huge 80th birthday bash scheduled for Tuesday, July 17. She knows that residents and visitors to the Gate City are going to enjoy the show, a 12-hour (11 a.m. to 11 p.m.) program with activities for both young and older. Live music, interesting entertainment and characters, fun for kids with magic shows, balloon-making, contests and a lot more is on tap.

The Nashua Silver Knights are playing their FCBL All-Star Game that evening, and another major round of first-class fireworks will colorfully explode over Holman Stadium in fitting style to cap off the celebration.

It’s all free at 67 Amherst St. (even the parking), but you need a ticket to gain entry to the stadium that features a 2,825 seating capacity. You can pick up tickets to Holman Stadium’s birthday party by visiting the Nashua Silver Knights Stadium Box Office. Or call the Silver Knights at 603-718-8883 for more details.

The now-retired Caron began working in the summers as a playground supervisor when she was a teenager in the mid-1960s. It was a popular thing at the city’s 24 playgrounds with two paid supervisors at each park. She recalls at “age 16, getting $25 a week.”

That opportunity eventually led to the prominent city’s superintendent of recreation position. And Caron believes that the late Charles “Frank” Holman delivered the perfect message written on a plaque at the stadium that bears his name: “...To the youth of Nashua for the promotion and advancement of health, clean athletics and good sportsmanship.”

Caron, like many of us, has no doubt that athletics can play a key role in a child’s development.

“Holman Stadium has brought the community at large together, and youth athletics is part of what makes us who we are as a city,” Caron said.

She finds that physical activity for children is always good and helps build healthy habits through adolescence and adulthood. In addition, youth sports can help develop good character and teamwork, she explained.

“People forget, but Nashua is a good, close community.” And Caron hopes that residents and visitors will once again walk through those stately bricked archways into the stadium next Tuesday for Holman’s 80th and feel the Gate City love.

Caron is already working on another major birthday bash for September: the Nashua Senior Center is turning 40. An open house including local distinguished Nashuans is planned for Thursday, Sept. 27, at the center, and anywhere from 300-500 guests are expected. She is on the board of directors and also volunteers there.

Party on, Nashua!

Ms. Stylianos is a Nashua native. Her column is published weekly. She can be reached at