Pelham Summer Concerts Conclude with Windham Concert Band

September 6, 2013

by Tom Tollefson

Pelham’s ninth annual series of summer concerts concluded last Wednesday evening, August 21, with more of what have drawn residents all summer – music and a family friendly environment on the Village Green.  The Windham Concert Band performed classic concert hits such as “Give My Regards to Broadway” and “Under One Flag.”  The concert series was sponsored by Pelham Community Spirit.

“We saw them at Pelham Old Home Days and had to have them come here,” said Pelham Community Spirit President Brenda Eaves.

About 75 people came out for the concert.  Many enjoyed the music as they gathered with their friends and family, sitting in lawn chairs and on towels across the lawn.

“I like the old American tunes,” said Pelham resident Ken Fournier.

The concert series planned for a total of five concerts every other Wednesday on the Village Green from June to August.  A variety of music was offered throughout the schedule such as jazz, Irish music, and concert music.

“Unfortunately we had to cancel the first two concerts because of rain which was disappointing, but otherwise they were a really great show of community togetherness,” said Eaves.

During the intermission, Pelham Community Spirit presented grants to the following nine town organizations:  Bear Cub Scout Pack 610, Razorbacks Cheer Team, John H. Hargreaves Memorial VFW Post 10722, Pelham ACES, Friends of the Library in Pelham, the Senior Center, Pelham Razorbacks Football and Cheer, and the Pelham Community Coalition.  A total of $5,600 in grants was given back to the community organizations.

There was also free food for everyone.  The VFW provided hot dogs and hamburgers for everyone.  The Pelham Community Spirit had previously covered the VFW’s cost for the food.  The Pelham Library also made free sundaes for all the children who had taken part in the library summer reading program.

In addition to the food and ice cream, the Pelham Community Spirit had a table along the side of the Village Green set up to take registrations for the Southern New Hampshire Festival of trees.  The town organization uses this event as one of their largest annual fundraisers.  Organizations all across southern New Hampshire take part in this festival.

“It’s a community event where individuals or groups can decorate a tree that will later be raffled at the end of the festival.  Residents come and buy raffle tickets and put them in a raffle for whatever tree they want to win,” explained Eaves.

The festival will run this year from November 29 to December 7.  For more information on this event, go the www.pelhamcommunityspirit.com.

According to the Pelham Community Spirit’s website, the organization was founded on May 1, 2000, and has a continuing goal of working with individuals and organizations to promote service for the   community.