Gazebo On The Common
New Boston Common
Built - 1994

When you think of a small and friendly New England town, you can put New Boston on your list. Not only do the people of the town always try to be as helpful to people passing through the town limits but within the town there is a great community spirit which makes their town a great place to settle in.
The townspeople have always given their all to their country also and the citizens are proud to show off their cannon, "The Molly Stark" which was given by General John Stark to New Boston for its contribution to the Revolutionary War effort.
New Boston's striking "Gazebo on the Common" is also a proud landmark in the town and was built by Tony Hall and Tom Condon and dedicated to local prominent citizen Henry C. Dodge in October of 1994. The concept of having this bandstand built was to promote their downtown area and have activities on it which would bring people living outside of the downtown area into town more often.
Funding for the design and building of the bandstand was made possible through a federal grant from the Land-Water Conservation Fund and by donations. Architect Steven Leach and his firm has won awards for the bandstand's design. Special features include not only the unique woodwork but also a brick walkway with engraved family names and dates of donations.
Summer concert series have been featured on the bandstand along with weddings, Christmas tree lightings, Easter egg hunts, library reading times, Halloween parties and 4th of July and Memorial Day ceremonies. In addition, a few politicians have spoken on its stage along with local resident Irving McDowell's surprise 80th birthday party and other community functions. The famous country singer, Charlie Bass, used the bandstand in one of his commercials.
Thus New Boston's bandstand has been a very busy one and is the first the town has had. Since it is built so well, it is expected to serve the community for many more years to come.
Patti Oakes, Acting Recreation Director

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