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2020--The Cancelled Year

One of the most delightful aspects of living in rural western Maine is the ebb and flow of the changing seasons. Each quarter of the year has its own characteristics, from snow to rain to Opening Day to colorful gardens to late summer sunsets to foliage. And then back to snow again to start the cycle all over.

Most months have an annual event or two that you look forward to attending. It is a way to see friends, to catch up on local news and very often support a non-profit organization trying to make money to fund helpful projects. It is a way to mark time from one year to the next.

2020 started out like every other year with snowmobilers, skiers and ice fisherman enjoying the winter weather. But suddenly in March things started to change, slowly at first and then rapidly. No flights permitted from certain countries and then the NBA and NHL suspended their season. Spring training ended with the hopes that the schedule would start again in May. And then there were the 'Stay at Home' orders with most businesses required to shut down. Countless meetings on Zoom as we worked from home Everyone agreeing to Flatten the Curve.

But then the weeks dragged on. The Boston Marathon postponed and later cancelled. Our annual trip to DC for Legislative Meetings cancelled and conducted remotely. Summer camps closed. The Charlotte Hobbs Memorial Library closed down with its re-open date still uncertain. The Arts and Artisans Fair was cancelled as well as just about every festival throughout the state. The entire schedule for the Brick Church for the Performing Arts schedule GONE. The Lovell Old Home Days 5k Run and Parade was cancelled. And now the Granddaddy of them all: the Fryeburg Fair. No Maine Association of REALTORS convention at Samoset. No concerts at Stone Mountain. Saco Valley Fire Department canceled its August Chicken BBQ.  And on and on and on. Our neighbor couldn't make this up in one of his novels.

One benefit of living in our western Maine town is the easy access to the outdoors. We can go for a nice walk by opening our front door. I can split wood and add to the long stack or pull weeds from the garden. Not sure how people, like our daughter, are surviving in places like Brooklyn.

I am confident that we will survive and prosper. It may not snap back quickly but before long we will return to some sense of normalcy. Until then, let's respect each other and work together to get there!

 

2019 Lovell Old Home Days 5k Run

 

How could this be the 15th year! Come join the fun and sign up for the 15th Annual Lovell Old Home Days 5k Run Saturday, July 20th! As always, runners lead the parade on a fun and fast course down Route 5 and ending at the Lovell Athletic Field. A second water table will be on the course, just past the VFW on Smarts Hill Road. Great prizes and t-shirts to the first 100 registered runners. Register early to guarantee your t-shirt designed by Fryeburg Academy student Grace Marshall.

Click here to register online.

2018 Lovell Old Home Days

2018 Lovell Old Home Days T-Shirt Design by Fryeburg Academy Student Grace Marshall

2018 Parade Grand Marshals Jon and Pam Bliss

Bios Here

Be sure to be around Lovell this weekend. Lots of exciting events taking place all around town starting on Thursday and continuing through Sunday. The big event, of course, is the parade and 5k run on Saturday morning starting at 9:45 am on Route 5. See the list of events below:

THURSDAY

  • Don & Cindy Roy (2018 National Endowment for the Arts National Heritage Winners) at the Brick Church for the Performing Arts. Christian Hill, Lovell. 7:00 pm. $10 per ticket. Click here to visit web site

FRIDAY

  • 3 pm. Harvest Gold Gallery Artist Reception and Open House. Free to the public. Click here to visit Harvest Gold's web site
  • 4:30-6:30 5k Race Registration & Packet Pick-Up Lovell Athletic Field.
  • 5:00 Pm Burgers, Hot Dogs and Music under the tent. Proceeds benefit the Lovell Old Home Days Program.

SATURDAY

  • 7 am. Hearty Breakfast at the Masonic Hall in Village
  • 9 am. Parade Entries Gather at the Wicked Good
  • 9:45 am. Run Begins!!!
  • 10 am. Parade Begins!!!
  • 11 am OLD HOME ACTIVITIES at the Lovell Athletic Field. The Jerry Hobson Band at the Gazebo
  • 2 pm. Children's Theater Camp Performance at the Brick Church

SUNDAY

 

David W. Mason, 1917-2017

Dave Mason passed away this past week. Always had many enthusiastic and encouraging words for young and old and took the time to thank people for their contributions. I still have a voice mail on my office phone from Dave thanking me for the "Great" Old Home Days parade and related festivities. He also mentioned that I should make sure to acknowledge everyone who contributed. You can see Dave in the picture above. For many years, he was the official starter for the Lovell OHD 5k and he always received a strong round of applause. On his hat was the word "STARTER" in black magic marker.  Dave Mason was a special person.

Please take a moment to read about his life here.

 

2017 Lovell Old Home Days 5k Run

Congratulations to Finn Lane! Finn is the winner of the 2017 Lovell Old Home Days 5k Run t-shirt design contest. Finn has just finished her junior year at the Fryeburg Academy, lives in Brownfield and has a passion for drawing. Her future plans include studying art at a school out west with a goal of becoming a teacher.

Every year, art teacher Steve Pullan conducts a competition where students are asked to incorporate the themes of Lovell and running. For creating the winning design, Finn receives a $100 prize, a t-shirt and seeing her artwork around town.

This year’s run is on July 15th at 9:45 am. Only the first 100 registered runners are guaranteed a shirt, so please sign-up early. Visit Lovell5k.com for more information, a registration form, photos and records. Or sign-up online at Running4Free.com.

The 5k run precedes the Old Home Days Parade and begins the day’s festivities.

 

Lovell Old Home Days 5k and Activities

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Come join the fun on Saturday July 16th! Lots to do for the entire family. Start the day with a hearty breakfast sponsored by the Masons.  The 5k run starts at 9:45 am, followed by the parade at 10 am. Everything ends up at the Lovell Athletic Field where there are lots of activities for everyone. Games for the children, lots of food, a classic boat show, community displays, Cow Chip Bingo, jello eating contests as well as music in the Gazebo by the Milltown Road Show.

Lovell Old Days information can be found below. Race information can be found at Lovell5k.com

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2016 Lovell Old Home Days 5k T-Shirt Design

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IMG_2036Congratulations to Phoebe Crowe as the winner of the 2016 Lovell Old Home Days 5k Run t-shirt design. Phoebe just graduated from the Fryeburg Academy, lives in Lovell enjoys graphic design, and will be attending the Maine College of Art in the fall. Phoebe is the first two-time winner of the 5K run's design contest.

Every year, art teacher Steve Pullan conducts a competition where students are asked to incorporate the themes of Lovell and running. For creating the winning design, Phoebe receives a $100 prize, as well as seeing her artwork around town.

This year’s run is on July 16th at 9:45 am. Only the first 100 registered runners are guaranteed a t-shirt, so please sign-up early. Visit Lovell5k.com for more information, a registration form, photos and records.

The 5k run precedes the Old Home Days Parade and begins the day’s festivities.