First Day at the Pierce House attracted dozens of Lincolnites of all ages on January 1, overcoming an earlier danger of cancellation.
Residents stepped up to help out and town organizations made donations to pull off the event, which was threatened by a shortage of funds due to renovation expenses. The Celebrations Committee, Rural Land Foundation, Police & Fire Association, Lincoln Family Association, private donors and town officials chipped in time and funding.
“It was heartwarming to see all who turned out to volunteer,” Pierce House Event Manager Nancy Beach wrote in a post on LincolnTalk. “I can’t thank you enough for all your hard work during all phases of the event. I made some new friends and enjoyed working side by side with you as we prepared for the party.
A variety of music was provided by the Ancient Mariners (Dixieland), the Kelly Sisters (Irish tunes) and clarinetist Craig Ball (swing), and kids got a kick out of balloon animals created by “Mr. Twister.” The day ended with the traditional singing of Auld Lang Syne.
The Pierce House Committee will assemble a group in the spring to start planning the 2019 First Day event. Anyone interested in helping should email Beach at firstname.lastname@example.org.