May is dedicated to National Preservation month, and so we celebrate Centennial Hall and its legacy of service to the community. Excerpted from Tom Mayes’ “Old Places Matter”; a book richly expressive as to why old buildings matter to us at certain times in our journey through life:

Continuity “In a world that is constantly changing, old places provide people with a sense of being part of a continuum that is necessary for them to be psychologically and emotionally healthy.

Sustainability “In trying to envision a world that is more environmentally sustainable, I hope for a world where we are more appreciative of the communities, buildings and things that already exist, and that we continue to use them, so that we’re not constantly tearing buildings down and throwing things away.

Below is a list of a few of the many events and activities that have been held at our historic Centennial Hall over the years. As we celebrate Preservation Month take a moment to reflect on all that Centennial Hall has given back to our Community. This place matters!

  • Art Shows
  • Arts in Reach
  • Refinished Furniture Pop Up Store
  • Upholstery Class
  • Yoga Classes
  • Pilates Classes
  • Tai Chi Classes
  • Music Together for Toddlers
  • Milestone Birthday Parties
  • Anniversary Parties
  • Bridal Showers
  • Musical Instrument Lessons
  • Voice Lessons
  • North Hampton School Play Rehearsals
  • North Hampton School Ellis Island  Immigration Simulation
  • Music Theory Lessons
  • Performance Preparation Lessons
  • Baby Showers
  • Weddings
  • Celebrations of Life
  • Alumni Tea Parties
  • Christmas Trees Lighting Parties
  • Scarecrow Fest Sponsor Party
  • Winterfest Events
  • Old Home Day Events
  • Old Home Day Luncheons
  • Yard Sales
  • FiddleFest
  • Contra Dance Party
  • Guest Lectures
  • Musical Concerts
  • Elections

  • Gramophone concert

  • Talkie movies

  • Operettas

  • Masquerade Balls

  • Dancing parties

  • Whist parties

  • Art Classes
  • Jazz Band
  • Ukulele Group
  • Novice, Intermediate and Advanced Bridge Lessons
  • Bridge Sanctioned Play
  • Fire Department Training
  • Band Stand Concert Ice Cream Sales
  • North Hampton School Teacher’s Appreciation Party
  • Jr. High Graduations

  • Plays

  • Minstrel Show

  • Christmas pageants

  • Lectures

  • Benefit for sufferers of 1936 flood

  • Cooking demonstrations

  • Republican Party Presidential Candidates Forum
  • Democratic Party Presidential Candidates Forum
  • Harvest supper
  • Oyster and lobster suppers

  • Strawberry festival

  • Student Recitals
  • Antique Roadshows
  • Fashion shows

  • Civil Defense

  • Innoculation clinics

Groups & Organizations

  • North Hampton School Drama Performance
  • New Hampshire Music Teacher Evaluations
  • North Hampton 275th Anniversary Celebration
  • Town Safety Complex Presentation
  • LCHIP Grant Guidelines Meeting
  • Governor Sununu Tour
  • Peace Greeters Donation Drop
  • Gather Donation Drop
  • Brownie Meetings
  • Boy Scout Club Meetings
  • Girl Scout Club Meetings
  • North Hampton Business Association Meeting
  • Historical Society Display
  • UCC Men’s Morning Social
  • Historical Society Meeting
  • North Hampton Dramatic Club

  • Seacoast Civic Dance Company

  • New Hampshire Academy of Performing Arts

  • North Hampton Mothers Club

  • North Hampton Junior Women’s Club

  • North Hampton Musical Association

  • G.G.G.G.G. Club

  • Venus Mutual Relief Association

  • T.N.T. Club

  • Red Cross

  • Knights of Pythias, Union Lodge, Number 5

  • Pythian Sisters, Freedom Temple

  • Jr. Order of Untied American Mechanics

  • GrangeParent Teachers Associations

  • 4-H

  • The Grille

  • Universal Chemists/Gale Hall Engineering Co.

  • Hawkridge Metals Corp.

  • Patton Engineering Co.

  • Montesori School

  • NH Association of Performing Arts

  • Gene Guth Music Studio

  • Seacoast Academy of Music

  • North Hampton Bridge Club

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