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Bernardston makes all feel at home

  • After having her face painted by Jackie Herzig, Adrianna Lively, 6, of Bernardston giggles while Ed Popielarczyk creates her a balloon bunny at Bernardston Old Home Day. Recorder photo/Beth Reynolds

    After having her face painted by Jackie Herzig, Adrianna Lively, 6, of Bernardston giggles while Ed Popielarczyk creates her a balloon bunny at Bernardston Old Home Day. Recorder photo/Beth Reynolds

  • After having his face painted by Jackie Herzig, William Glazier, 7, of went straight into the sawdust box to search for coins at Bernardston Old Home Day. He discovered about 65 cents. Photo by Beth Reynolds

    After having his face painted by Jackie Herzig, William Glazier, 7, of went straight into the sawdust box to search for coins at Bernardston Old Home Day. He discovered about 65 cents. Photo by Beth Reynolds

  • oshua Bordeaux, 9 of Bernardston adds his tie-dye creation to the line of drying shirts at Bernardston Old Home Day. Photo by Beth Reynolds

    oshua Bordeaux, 9 of Bernardston adds his tie-dye creation to the line of drying shirts at Bernardston Old Home Day. Photo by Beth Reynolds

  • William Glazier, 7, of Bernarston is please with his new Batman Face by Jackie Herzig at Bernardston Old Home Day. His mother Jennifer Glazier says "he's a super hero kinda kid." Photo by Beth Reynolds

    William Glazier, 7, of Bernarston is please with his new Batman Face by Jackie Herzig at Bernardston Old Home Day. His mother Jennifer Glazier says "he's a super hero kinda kid." Photo by Beth Reynolds

  • After having her face painted by Jackie Herzig, Adrianna Lively, 6, of Bernardston giggles while Ed Popielarczyk creates her a balloon bunny at Bernardston Old Home Day. Recorder photo/Beth Reynolds
  • After having his face painted by Jackie Herzig, William Glazier, 7, of went straight into the sawdust box to search for coins at Bernardston Old Home Day. He discovered about 65 cents. Photo by Beth Reynolds
  • oshua Bordeaux, 9 of Bernardston adds his tie-dye creation to the line of drying shirts at Bernardston Old Home Day. Photo by Beth Reynolds
  • William Glazier, 7, of Bernarston is please with his new Batman Face by Jackie Herzig at Bernardston Old Home Day. His mother Jennifer Glazier says "he's a super hero kinda kid." Photo by Beth Reynolds

BERNARDSTON — Like most transplants, Judy Hess expected to feel out of place for a while when she moved to Bernardston last year.

Instead, she said, she attended the town’s annual Old Home Day and felt at home almost immediately.

“I moved into town a year ago, and we came here and had a blast,” Hess said. “It was like Punxsutawney, Pa., in the movie, ‘Ground Hog Day!’”

This year, Hess came back out to once again engage members of the community and have that “good vibe.”

Hess joined other Bernardston residents Saturday afternoon at the event, which was sponsored by the Bernardston Recreation Department and allowed visitors to have their faces painted, craft their own tie-dyed shirts, romp around in an inflatable bounce house, and hear local musicians perform under a large white tent.

And of course, there was the food. The Bernardston Kiwanis Club catered the event, serving up sizzling hamburgers and hot dogs, as well as their famous chicken barbecue, which roasted for much of the day over a bed of hot coals.

The day’s musical entertainment included performances by the Falltown String Band, the Yankee Notions folk band, and A Natural Concert Band.

The afternoon saw frozen treats begin to flow as the town’s two churches put on an ice cream social.

Eric Glazier, the Recreation Department’s chairman, said the event is held to keep traditions alive in Bernardston.

“This is one of those things we try to do to keep things going,” said Glazier. “It’s funded almost entirely by the rec department, so it’s free for the public.”

Michael LaValley, of Arlington, joined the festivities after running the Bridge of Flowers 10k earlier in the morning. LaValley said he grew up in Bernardston and had attended the event in the past.

And of course, the event attracted more than just Bernardston residents: Wayne and Valerie Bushey and Elaine Ecker from Carlisle, Pa., stopped by as part of a trip they’d taken to scout out the area to see if it was worth a visit by Ecker’s senior citizen bus trip group. They weren’t disappointed.

“We’ve been here since 10 a.m. and we haven’t left yet,” said Bushey. “It’s been wonderful!”

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