, Newburyport, MA

August 23, 2013

Thanks for making Olde Fashioned Sunday a success

Newburyport Daily News

---- — To the Editor:

As a native Newburyporter, I have watched and enjoyed Yankee Homecoming as it has evolved from the “Jimmy Day Parade,” to the current status of a citywide festival of many days and interests.

As with most large events, our days of celebration take months of planning, and a multitude of dedicated volunteers. The team effort necessary for each day of fun is huge. Fortunately, all the events receive a show of support by so many “unsung” heroes. As I volunteered for Olde Fashioned Sunday, I can give thanks to all the great people that helped make this day a success: the Link House crew that helped set up the area for Olde Fashioned Sunday events, the kids that agreed to get wet (on a cloudy, cool day) at the dunk tank, the teens that entertained the little ones that were trying their talents at the midway games, the Newburyport Police and Fire Departments that gave their assistance to keep the day organized and safe, the Shirley’s Country Store crew and Lattime family, the adults that made sure the day was running smoothly. All of these people were so instrumental in making Olde Fashioned Sunday, 2013 a more inviting event for families to enjoy.

Once again, many thanks to Lucien LaCroix and Dick Kaplan for their caring and consideration in giving the residents of local nursing homes the opportunity to enjoy some of the Yankee Homecoming fun. These young at heart people were toe tapping and humming along with some old, but familiar tunes with Dick and his happy musicians.

Bill Greenwood, now in New Jersey, was still available for consultation and sharing his 30 years of experience with Yankee Homecoming. Thank you!!

Tammy Jennings, the general chairperson for this year; great job!!

WNBP and the Legends for spreading the news of all the week’s activities.

Starboard Galley Restaurant for giving us the space to hold all our meetings.

Atlantic Pro Wrestlers for adding some family fun to Olde Fashioned Sunday.

To all the vendors that were available for everyone’s needs. You all helped making this a wonderful day for so many people.

The stage entertainment was engaging to all ages.

Lastly, but so very special, is a huge thank you to Paul Swindlehurst for being the motivation for making such positive changes to the Olde Fashioned Sunday 2013.

Joan (Bunny) Chiasson