On April 17, 2021, Nottingham, the town, held its first ever Deliberative Session (DS). In contrast to the traditional annual town meeting, which the town had had for 298 years, DS could discuss and amend the Warrant Articles (WA) but they could not be voted upon. Voting would be done on the election on Tuesday, June 8th, 2021. With this in mind, this is the fourth in a series of articles on the individual WA. The proposition of these reports is that the more informed the voters are, the better decisions they make.
Here is the actual article. “Article #17: To see if the Town will vote to raise and appropriate the sum of$5,000.00 (Five Thousand Dollars) to be added to the Tri-Centennial Expendable Trust Fund previously established. Majority Vote Required. The estimated tax impact is $0.006 per $1,000 of property valuation.
The Select Board recommends this appropriation (5-0).
The Budget Committee recommends this appropriation (6-5).”
To find out more about WA #17, I sat down Steve Welch, Chair of the Tri-Centennial Committee aka the 300th Committee. He began citing the forward planning done the town of Nottingham for its 300th anniversary celebration in 2022. It did so by having this same Warrant Article since 2012. He added that the 300th Committee started meeting in 2017. It has been meeting and planning monthly ever since.
Welch said “ the 300th is not a party but a celebration, which all other New Hampshire town also do so.” He added the yearlong celebration would showcase some of the town natural resources including farming and lumbering as well as home shoemaking industry. He stated the goal of the 300th Committee was that “there would something for every person.” The celebration events would be for all ages. He proceeded to outline the yearlong activities and events.
As summer begins there are many events scheduled. On July 4th, the Pawtuckaway Lake Improvement Association (PLIA) will link its boat parade to the 300th. There is also an Old Time Baseball Game. August will be very busy month. There be a 300th Parade on August 13 with Nottingham Historic Society’s Annual Blueberry Pancake Breakfast on August 14. A Talent Show will take place on August 16. Then on the weekend of August 19-21, there will be re-enactment and encampment at Nottingham Square. In September, the Nottingham’s Recreation Department’s Earth Festival will be linked to the 300th. There will be other events held during the year including the Women’s Club’s Tea. Finally, in December there will be a number of events including the Holiday Parade, a tree lighting at Nottingham Square and closing ceremony.
The 2022 yearlong celebration commences with a bonfire on January 8th. In February, there is scheduled a basketball tournament for kids. Then in March, Rebecca Rule will stage a satirical play about Town Meeting. Also, in March, the Nottingham Historical Society will host a Pie Social. Next, in April, related to the “shot heard round the world,” the Battles of Lexington and Concord, there will be a mini-march from Nottingham Square to the Poor Farm Road. May will be very busy month. There will be the reading of the town’s Charter. At that Charter event there will be the Never's Second Regiment Band. Of interest, this band actually performed at the dedication of Four Generals monument and Minuteman Statue at Nottingham Square in 1917. The Nottingham Recreation Department will hold a Fishing Derby on May 7th. And Liar’s Paradise’s will celebrate the 300th with Cruise Night and an actual Cruise on May 24TH.
It was clear from these events the 300th's goal of “there would something for every person” will be achieved. Welch added that for these events, there are a number of less obvious expenses. They include porta-potties, trash removal and sound systems. He closed with not only does the 300th needs your vote for WA #17 but also if you wish to join the committee, there is still time. You can email your interest and questions to : nottingham300thATgmail.com.