Newburyport homecoming event celebrates volunteers

February 19, 2014 by  

The upcoming Yankee Homecoming is a celebration held in Newburyport every summer and is run completely by volunteers, including the director of the event.

Michael Volpone, a Newburyport native, is the general chairman of this year’s event and has picked ‘Volunteer: You Make the Difference’ as its theme to give credit to the 80 to 100 people who make the event possible each year.

According to Volpone, over the past 56 years that the event has taken place, there have been several thousand gifted and dedicated volunteers. Many of them return each year and some drop out, so the committee is always looking for new people to join.

Some of the plans for this year’s homecoming have already begun. There will be the return of some favorite events such as the boat parade and a fashion show as well as the celebration of the 250th anniversary of Newburyport.

A softball tournament will be a new activity designed to raise money for charitable organizations including RESTORE Our Stadium, a fund to renovate the World War Memorial Stadium at the high school, ALS Research, and to support the homecoming itself.

The kick-off meeting for the committee will be at Starboard Gallery on February 25 at 7:00 pm and no doubt Volpone is turning to flyer printing to attract as many new volunteers as possible to help out with the event.