Rockingham Old Home Day action

ROCKINGHAM, Vt. – Stilt-walking clown Finn-Ann Cotton bent over for Bentley Willis to pull her red ball nose at Rockingham Old Home Days on Saturday, Aug. 5, at the Waypoint Welcome Center, 12 Depot St. in Bellows Falls. In its 41st year, Rockingham Old Home Days opened on Aug. 4 with the final session of Southern Vermont Idol amateur singers competition, a Rockingham Recreation Center carnival, and the Farmer’s Market at Hetty Green Park in Bellows Falls.

Old Home Day
Stilt-walker Nettie Lane carries her umbrella. Photo by Jim Ridenour.

The Saturday 5K run started at 8:30 a.m., beating the morning rain. Sun shone for the noon start of activities at the Waypoint Center. The Green Mountain Chapter Antique Truck show ran from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Bellows Falls High School.

The sky opened in an afternoon downpour on Saturday. Jody Scalise, The Motion Man, noted crowds grew for his comedy-mime-and-magic show. Scalise juggled, balanced stepladders on his chin, and pulled volunteers into his show.

Michael Clough of the Southern Vermont Natural History Museum, needed help to lift his table with its snapping turtle tank back to share more tent. He awed the crowd with a live kestrel and a barred owl,  who was blind in its left eye. He brought the wings of a barred owl and a great blue heron to be touched.


Old Home Day
Michael Clough of the Southern Vermont Natural History Museum introduces a barred owl. Photo by Jim Ridenour.

Students of Gem Starz, a gymnastics-cheer-dance studio in Westminster, Vt., showed off their handsprings, rolls, and push-up strength. The staff of Fit Body, Lisa Dumont’s exercise studio, coached a workout. Dumont gave away copies of “Forever Fit.” Dumont writes, “The good news is you have a lot of control over how you age, and the right kinds of exercise can make a huge difference.”

The dunk booth benefited Greater Falls Connection Friends for Change.


Old Home Day
Bellows Falls’ most famous ghost Hetty Green makes a visit. Photo by Jim Ridenour.

Hetty Green, out of her crypt, led a walk ending in the graveyard at the stone church. She competed with Southern Vermont Idol singers on stage, where Transformers and Rust played.

Phenomenal fireworks ended the Saturday events. Bob Osborne recalled his first fireworks show when he was 9 years old. “It’s all about heart if you think about it…Welcome to Bellows Falls that’s our show!”

Sunday glowed with breezes and sun for the 111th year Rockingham Meeting House annual gathering.



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