June 2017

The Glad Fest: celebrating Pollyanna in Littleton, New Hampshire

Pollyanna Day in Littleton, NH. Dick and Debbie Alberini receive the annual Pollyanna Signature Award.

Dick and Debbie Alberini receive the annual Pollyanna Signature Award for their service to the community and spirit of positivity. Photo by Zachary Sar

Do you remember the classic children’s novel Pollyanna? Written in 1913, it’s the story of a young orphan with an optimistic outlook who, after losing her father, is sent to live with her stern aunt in a small New England town. Pollyanna’s cheerful personality and Glad Game win over everyone including, eventually, her aunt Polly.

Every year in June, the town of Littleton, New Hampshire (just up the road from our Franconia headquarters) celebrates Pollyanna Day.

Author Eleanor Hodgman Porter was born and raised in Littleton, moved to Boston to study music, and later wrote a series of novels including her most famous — Pollyanna.

The town in the novel bears a strong resemblance to her hometown, and Littleton residents happily commemorate Pollyanna, and Porter, every year. This year, to mark the day’s 15th anniversary, it was a weekend-long Glad Fest!

Here’s a glimpse into the weekend’s festivities, captured by our friend, photographer Zachary Sar.

Pollyanna Day in Littleton, NH. A passerby accepts the piano's invitation to "Be Glad... Make Music".

A passerby accepts the piano’s invitation to “Be Glad… Make Music”. Littleton’s Main Street boasts a number of brightly colored pianos for impromptu performances. Photo by Zachary Sar

Pollyanna Day in Littleton, NH. Photos on the library lawn.

Commemorating the weekends festivities with photos on the library lawn. Photo by Zachary Sar

Pollyanna Day in Littleton, NH. A candid moment with Pollyanna host Rebecca Colby.

A candid moment with Pollyanna host Rebecca Colby in front of the bronze Pollyanna statue at the Littleton Library. Photos by Zachary Sar

Pollyanna Day in Littleton, NH. "Not Your Mother" providing live music.

Local band Not Your Mother providing live music during Friday night’s events. Photo by Zachary Sar

Pollyanna Day in Littleton, NH. Garnet Hill's own Jae Kim performing with "Not Your Mother".

Garnet Hill’s own Jae Kim performing with Not Your Mother. Photo by Zachary Sar

Pollyanna Day in Littleton, NH. The Upstage Players entertain with a selection from Pollyanna, the Musical.

The Upstage Players entertain with a selection from Pollyanna, the Musical. Photo by Zachary Sar

Pollyanna Day in Littleton, NH. Members of the Upstage Players enjoying the festivities.

Members of the Upstage Players enjoying the festivities. Photo by Zachary Sar

Pollyanna Day in Littleton, NH. Young GladFest goers wore their favorite Pollyanna-style hats.

Young GladFest goers wore their favorite Pollyanna-style hats. Photo by Zachary Sar

Pollyanna Day in Littleton, NH. Taking a break in front of the Littleton Diner.

Taking a break in front of the Littleton Diner. Photo by Zachary Sar

Pollyanna Day in Littleton, NH. Everyone is feeling glad.

Everyone’s feeling glad! Photo by Zachary Sar

Pollyanna Day in Littleton, NH.


Megan Cunningham, Miss White Mountains Region 2016 (left), Jere Eames (center), and Natalie Cartwright, Miss Littleton Area’s Outstanding Teen 2016 (right). Photo by Zachary Sar

Pollyanna Day in Littleton, NH. Playing at the Riverwalk.


All smiles, playing at the Riverwalk. Photo by Zachary Sar

Pollyanna Day in Littleton, NH. A local artisan demonstrates his wood-burning technique.


A local artisan demonstrates his wood-burning technique. Photo by Zachary Sar

Pollyanna Day in Littleton, NH. Taking in the day in true Pollyanna style.


Taking in the day in true Pollyanna style. Photo by Zachary Sar

Pollyanna Day in Littleton, NH.


Natalie Cartwright, Miss Littleton Area’s Outstanding Teen 2016, posing with a friend. Photo by Zachary Sar

Pollyanna Day in Littleton, NH. The Positively Pancakes Breakfast.


The Positively Pancakes Breakfast at the First Congregational Church was absolutely delicious! Photo by Zachary Sar

Pollyanna Day in Littleton, NH. Illustration by local artist Kaio Scott.

We loved this photo of Glad Fest Photographer Zachary Sar, as illustrated by local artist Kaio Scott, during the weekend’s festivities!

Zach, in his own words: “A small-time local photographer living in Littleton, always walking to capture the street life and dogs of Main Street.”


One response to “The Glad Fest: celebrating Pollyanna in Littleton, New Hampshire”

  1. Myra Dionne says:

    Spectacular photos, capturing the real essence of the special day!

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