There are many free events for the community in the town of Swanzey during the summer. These events are a long-standing tradition. It is a real slice of Americana, such as portrayed in Denman Thompson's classic play "The Old Homestead". He was a Swanzey native from the latter part of the eighteen hundreds. Every summer, his play is performed as part of Old Home Day, which is on Saturday July 20th, 2013. There are three performances of Thompson's play, on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday nights.
Another event is the Potash Bowl, a summer concert series. Pictured above is the Nelson Town Band, performing on June 28, 2013. They are a talented group of individuals and did a great job. The ice cream sundaes during intermission were pretty darn good, too. The potash Bowl continues for two more weeks, the 20th Century Pops on July 5th and the Tom Foolery Band on July 12th. We highly recommend experiencing these events for yourself and, if you'd like to spend the night in the area, the Bridges Inn offers a 10% discount for Old Home Day.