Seabrook will celebrate its 250th anniversary with two full weeks of fun, with events and activities that explore the town’s history and showcase its residents.
“Anybody is invited; it’s not just for the town residents. [It’s open to] anybody that would like to come and have a good time,” said Ollie Carter, chairman of the Seabrook 250th Anniversary Committee. “[We want] to get people interested in the history of the town and to find out what it’s all about. I like the community involvement.”
The celebration will begin on Saturday, Aug. 4, with a parade at 9 a.m. at Seabrook School and an open house at the Boyd School House between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. That evening there will be a bonfire at Governor Weare Park beginning at 7:30 p.m.
There will be a Colonial worship ceremony at the Old South Meeting House on Sunday, Aug. 5 (time TBA), and a three-on-three basketball tournament from Monday, Aug. 6, to Wednesday, Aug. 8, at the Seabrook Rec Center.
From Tuesday, Aug. 7, through Thursday, Aug. 9, Brown Library will hold a daily exhibit from 5 to 7 p.m., and a watercolor seascape exhibit will be held at the Seabrook Beach Precinct on Friday, Aug. 10, between 4 and 7 p.m. put on by local artists.
The annual pageants begin Saturday, Aug. 11, with Baby Seabrook at the community center at 9:30 a.m. Little Miss and Miss Seabrook will take place Thursday, Aug. 16, at 6 p.m. and Junior Miss Seabrook will be named Friday, Aug. 17.
Check out the car show in the parking lot of Hobby Lobby Sunday, Aug. 12, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., put on by local enthusiast Randy Rogers.
“Anybody that has a car is invited,” said Carter. “It’s a good family event — who doesn’t like muscle cars? But it’s not just muscle cars; it’s antiques, anything. We’re doing a general car show and everyone’s invited.”
Donations of $10 are asked of those entering their vehicles into the show with proceeds benefiting Seabrook youth athletics.
“I’m hoping we get overwhelmed with people. That’s the goal. It’s going to benefit the kids,” said Carter.
There is no charge to view the show.
On Monday, Aug. 13, there will be a historical slideshow documenting the town through the years at the Seabrook Community Center. Attendees are asked to donate $5 to benefit the historical society. Wednesday, Aug. 15, will provide an opportunity for residents to participate in a ceremonial burying of a time capsule at the American Legion at 6 p.m., to be opened in 50 years.
“The time capsule is going to be something for the future. People can see what we buried and some of the things that were important to us,” said Carter.
From Aug. 15 to Aug. 18 there will be a four-team softball tournament with one team made up of local firefighters and a second of police officers.
“We’re trying to get [other] people involved in it and give them the chance to beat the police and fire department,” said Carter.
There will be two seatings for a lobster and clam bake on Thursday, Aug. 16, held at Seabrook Harborside Park, with one beginning at 5 p.m. and the other at 7 p.m. for a $35 charge.
A banquet and grand ball at the American Legion on Friday, Aug. 17, from 6 to 11 p.m will wrap up the two-week-long festivities. The banquet will charge $45 and there is a colonial through World War I theme.
After that celebration winds down, there’s still a whole day of fun ahead in Seabrook, as Old Home Day will be held on Saturday, Aug. 18. There will be a musket shoot, turkey hunt, food booths, rides, a band, a DJ and fireworks.
“I like seeing people get involved in the community and to show off the town of Seabrook,” said Carter. “If you’re interested in baseball we have the town softball tournament. If you like going out and getting something to eat and dance we have the grand ball. We’re trying to get a little bit of everything and something for everybody.”
Throughout the length of the two-week celebration, an exhibit will be on display in the Old South Meeting House that was originally constructed in 1764 and now serves as the home to the Seabrook Historical Society.
T-shirts will be sold that feature the symbol of the Old Man of Seabrook and the symbol of the town for $15 with proceeds going toward the festivities, and a commemorative coin is expected to be for sale as well.
“We want everybody to show up and have a good time,” Carter said. “We’re hoping to have a good turnout.”
— Andrew Clay
*Featured photo for this article was provided by Suzanne Griggs.