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60th Annual Yankee Homecoming
“A Timeless Tradition”



Thank you Newburyport!!

What a year Yankee Homecoming 2017 was!  The weather, which in New England can change on a whim, was amazing!

In choosing the theme “A Timeless Tradition” I was nervous about taking on the role of General Chair, because, I know it means so much to the community to keep Yankee Homecoming’s traditions, while looking to the future.  I hope the week’s events delivered and stayed true.

During the week I spoke with so many people who attended the various events and they gave me their feedback.  Most of it was supportive, but some was also constructive criticism.  No one likes to hear feedback that is not positive, but getting a different viewpoint can put things into perspective.  Most of the people who gave input, also provided ideas on how to make the event better and when I suggested if they would consider giving us a hand volunteering, some actually said they would take us up on it and sign up to help next year.

This festival would not be the success it is without the annual support we receive from so many within the community.  I wanted to Thank everyone from City Hall, Police, Fire, EMS departments, and the Coast Guard, to the business who sponsor the events, including our major sponsors, Newburyport Five Cents Savings Bank, Align Credit Union, Dunkin Donuts, C&J Bus Lines, ReMax on the River, Eastern Bank, Anna Jaques Hospital and John Hartnett Construction.

I am not sure if people realize that each General Chair assumes this responsibility, while they also work their everyday job and care for their families.  The job of General Chair can really stretch the term “time management”, but seeing the final product, I am proud of the outcome and the hard work of all of the event chairs and the volunteers, who also add Yankee Homecoming to their everyday responsibilities.

Speaking of the volunteers, I could never had produced this monumental event without their hard work, dedication and passion for this festival.  Most don’t receive the attention that the General Chair does, but I want to say “Thank You” to each and every one of you.  You are the heart and soul of what makes the Yankee Homecoming festival the success it is each year!

I hope everyone enjoyed this year as much as I did and look forward to an exciting Yankee Homecoming 2018.

Robin Johnson

2017 Yankee Homecoming

General Chairperson


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