Uncooperative Weather for Pelham Old Home Day Doesn’t Stop the Fun

September 19, 2014

by Lynne Ober

Once again, the Special Olympics 5K road race and walk kicked off Pelham Old Home Day.  Runners and walkers were registering and then warming up by 7:30 a.m.  This year there was a new starting place (outside the American Legion) and a new finish line (just before the round-about), new registration area and new cool down area.  Yes, construction of the round-abouts had brought changes.

“We actually have more room for registration, prize award area and cool down,” said Special Olympics volunteer Paige Schaller.  Participants who fund-raised more than $35 for Special Olympics got to waive the registration fee. The race/walk kicked off at 8:30 with everyone in high spirits despite the cool temperatures.  The sun was shining and excitement was in the air.

Runners and walkers celebrated at the finish line.  State Representative Russ Ober said, “I always run this race because there is such joy among the Special Olympic athletes as they finish that everyone smiles.”

Before all participants finished and prizes were awarded, the sun was drifting behind clouds.  Cool winds began to blow and the audience at the Victor Spaulding Memorial Auction was pulling on sweatshirts and jackets.

The Muldoon Park Band began playing popular songs from the ‘60s through today at 9:00 o’clock and everyone starting tapping their toes as this accomplished band played a long set.

This year there was an extra row of vendors.  People who had been watching the race began wandering among the vendor tents.  Before long, other people began arriving, but everyone was wearing a jacket.

The skies continued to darken and the temperatures just couldn’t pull themselves out of the 50s and into the 60s, but that didn’t dampen spirits or happy chatter.

When the food tent began service hot coffee and hot food, a line quickly formed.  People sipped coffee and checked out the penny sale items or watched their kids play kid games.

But over in the ice cream section, Rita McCabe was ruing the cool day.  She and her husband Mark make sub-zero yogurt.  “We saw this on shark tank and decided to try it.  The product is delicious and we just opened our second store in Nashua, but it is cool today.  I was hoping for warmer weather,” smiled Rita

Face painting was a big hit.  Judy Maloney (www.funnyface4u.com) used professional paint and professional glitter.  “This is exactly what they use on the stage.  It will not cause an allergic reaction and it will stay in place until washed off,” she smiled.

Two different karate demonstrations entertained the audience.  At 10:30 a.m. Family Martial Arts performed with their students obviously enjoying themselves.  The O’Halloran Irish Step Dancers were scheduled to follow them and then Karate International students performed.

By then the skies were very dark and people were hoping the rain stayed away until after the parade which was scheduled to begin at 2:30 p.m.