MESSAGE FROM THE DIRECTOR
From the Director’s Desk…
Happy Birthday to the Town of Bristol as they celebrate their 200th Anniversary! We are gearing up for another fun filled summer of activities. Watch for many exciting special events throughout the summer and fall.
As Bristol celebrates its Bicentennial, we will celebrate our 74th year of offering recreation programs to the residents of the Newfound Area. One of the programs that has been active since our beginning is the summer camp—which used to be known as the “Community Playground” or “Summer Playground” program. An excerpt from the TTCC archives states “Community Playground has record attendance…Through the cooperation of Mr. & Mrs. Lewis Jacquith, all playground youngsters will have the opportunity for free pony rides each Thursday during July & August. Bob Perry, Wellington Life Guard, gives swimming instruction to all so desiring. Mr. DesRoches, owner of the Bristol Bus & Taxi Service, is cooperating as always, so the total cost of transportation and admission is only 25 cents.”
According to the July 14, 1949 issue of the Bristol Enterprise the Summer Playground program had 254 youth attending on the first day of camp. In reporting on the 4th of July parade in 1949 the paper talks about the 3rd Annual Parade of Playgrounders. Entries included doll carriages, scooters, bicycles, costumes and more. This would be a great addition to our Bicentennial Parade this year!
On Monday, June 24th (the first day of this year’s summer camp) Bristol will have a proclamation read in Bristol Square followed by the Town Crier leading us to Kelley Park where there will be birthday cake and entertainment provided by the 12th N.H. Regiment Serenade Band. We invite you all to join us in wishing Bristol a very Happy 200th Birthday!!