Alstead’s Sestercentennial Celebration Moves into High Gear- All Events Free


ALSTEAD, NH- The Alstead’s Sestercentennial, “Know Your Town” Celebration that runs from March through October is fully underway. The Alstead Centennial Committee, that meets monthly at the Alstead Town Offices, keeps the events on track. 

  The events have already been heavily attended as shown by the two night sell out of a dinner theater presentation at the Vilas School on March 28 and 29. 

  The Centennial Book, that will contain business listings in the area, has already sold over 45 pages of advertising. The book, available shortly, will contain village tours, a listing of events, articles on historic events and people, and vintage photographs. 

  Some of the events in May include an all School Art Show on May 1 and a Village Middle School Concert at 6 p.m. on May 14. Suzanne Korn, at the 3rd Congregational Church in Alstead, will present early Stencils and stencil art of area homes on May 18 at 7 p.m. 

  June events include town-wide tours of historic homes, gardens, historic sites, churches, and the Historical Society Museum on June 22; a Town Forest Guided Nature Walk at Newell Pond Road in East Alstead between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. on June 23; and on June 26, an Alstead Historical Society Photographic Tour Presentation of Alstead Center Circa 1900 occurring at the First Congregational Church in Alstead Center at 7 p.m. on June 26. 

  The historic spectacle will then roll into the summer months with many enticing events highlighted by a Vilas Pool Day on July 13 and a spectacular parade that will include historical reenactments, games, displays, food and music that will take place August 10. There will also be a supper under a tent on Millot Green on August 10.  Again, all events are admission free! 

  Military memorabilia by the American Legion and VFW will be on display at the Shedd Porter Memorial Library during the 250th celebration. Additionally, 250th souvenirs are available that include posters, scented soaps, tote bags and pottery crocks and a raffle of a beautiful queen size quilt by Peg Sutcliffe. The quilt is currently hanging at the library. Items will be available at the town offices, town library or by calling 603-835-6846. All proceeds go toward the funding of the Sestercentennial events. 

  The grand finale of the celebration will be on October 25 featuring a scarecrow contest, bonfire, hayrides and food on Millot Green. 

The calendar of events booklet is currently available at the Alstead Town Hall, town library, Alstead and Drewsville General Stores and numerous locations around the area. The Shopper will report details on upcoming events. 

  Throughout the month of July an Alstead artist art show will be on display at the Shedd- Porter Library. For Information on this event, contact Ellen Chase – 603 835-9095 or at