Temple New Hampshire Celebrates A Bicenquinquagennial

In 2008 Temple

New Hampshire residents

are celebrating their Bicenquinquagennial.  This event is connected

with the year 1758 when European settlers first arrived in the area (rather

than their year of incorporation which was 1768).  Temple has celebrated its centennial through

the years — 1858, 1908, 1958, and now it is planning its biggest bash for the

250th anniversary. 

The events will be a delightful combination of modern day projects, and

programs of yester-year (such as an ice cream social, and artillery

demonstration). For updates, please

visit their web site. Don't forget to put these on your calendar!  Temple is located in the lovely Monadnock region of New Hampshire.

.Temple 250th Birthday Celebration Events


1. “QM” Kick-off and Valentine Dance–Sat. Feb. 16, 2008

Sponsor: Temple Recreation Committee        

Description: 6:00 p.m. @ Temple

Town Hall. Music,

karaoke, cupcakes & punch followed by Valentines Dance from 8:00 – 12 mid.

w Over Easy Band. Free of charge, BYOB, refreshments, raffle, proceeds to

benefit the 250th celebration.

2. “Founding of Temple”–Tues.

March 4, 2008

Sponsor: Temple Historical Society

Description:  7:00 p.m. @ Temple

Town Hall. Dartmouth

Professor Emeritus Jere Daniell will visit Temple to present “Town Founding in NH:

The Special Case of Temple.” An expert on New England and the American colonial

period, Daniell is the author of several books about New

England, including Colonial N.H.: A History. The program is made

possible in part by the New Hampshire Council for the Humanities.

3. Historical Society Annual Meeting–Tues. April 15, 2008

Sponsor: Temple Historical Society  


Description:  7:00 p.m. @ Temple

Town Hall. Short films

about Temple’s

past, including rare footage from the town’s 200th anniversary in 1958.

4. Flower Planting–Spring 2008

Sponsor: QM Committee          


Description: A garden will be planted in commemoration of the town birthday.

5. Temple ½ Marathon and 4

Mile Walk–Sat. April 26, 2008

Sponsor: Friends of Temple

Town Hall

Description:  9:00 a.m. @ Town Common. Registration and race beginning @


Debut of town banner with new logo.

6. Temple Memorial Day–Sun. June 1, 2008

Sponsor: Ex-Servicemen’s Club    

Description: 10:00 a.m. church service @ Temple Congregational Church followed

by Memorial Day parade @ 12 noon, speeches, wreath hangings, and taps.

Temple Band plays on the Common @ 2:00 p.m.


The Historical Society will present “Temple Spirits”

with local residents taking the parts of various 18th-century village

personages in a “ghostly reenactment” of their lives. That event will

take place the graves themselves, in Temple's

Old Burying Ground before the band concert.

7. Summer Reading Program–June – Aug. 2008

Sponsor: Mansfield Library

Description: Beginning in late June, the summer reading program for school aged

kids will include activities and reading that focus on Temple through the past

250 years and end in early August.  

8.  Independence Day–Fri. July 4, 2008

Sponsor: Temple Recreation


Description: 10:00 a.m. @ Temple

Center. Kids Patriotic

Parade with decorated bikes ending at the Temple Ball

field for games and contests. Food and other activities provided by the Temple

Fire Dept.

Sponsor: Quarter Millennium Committee

Description:  4:00 p.m. @ Temple.

QM Parade featuring Temple Town Band, Milford Fife and Drum, bands, horses,

special guests and ending at the Common with the 6 pm Temple Band concert and

the Ladies Aide Ice Cream Social.

9.   Temple

Colonial Days–Sat. Sept. 20,


Sponsor: QM Committee            


Description: 10:00 a.m. @ Temple

Common. Drills and

exhibitions by the Lafayette Artillery, demonstrations and exhibits of colonial

day traditional arts.



3:00 p.m. @ Temple.

Evolution of  Transportation beginning at Wheelands garage and ending at

the Temple Elementary School.Vehicles representing every decade of the 1900’s

led by horse drawn buggies will parade through the town and be on display at

the school.

5:00 p.m. @ Temple

Elementary School. All

town banquet prepared and served by Niki McGettigan and the PTO and school

children. Delicious homemade soups, breads, casseroles, and salads, topped off

with a special celebratory dessert.

7:00 p.m. @ Temple

Elementary School. Contra

Dance featuring Frank Woodward as caller, his band New Boston Fancy, and other

musicians are invited to play.

10. Temple Harvest Festival–Sun. Sept. 21, 2008

Sponsor: Village Green Committee

Description: 10:00 a.m. @ Temple

Common. Beginning with a

pancake breakfast at the Fellowship Hall by the Souhegan Lions Club @ 8:00

a.m., the fun begins with music, crafters, raffles, games, food, and special

events and presentations commemorating the town’s 250th birthday celebration.

The day ends with the Temple

Band concert from 2:00 –

4:00 p.m.        


See you there!

This entry was posted in Current Events, Travel. Bookmark the permalink.

Leave a Reply