Old Home Day, June 23 Theme:  “Carlisle Olympics”

Old Home Day returns to Carlisle next weekend with most activities taking place on Saturday, June 23. 

Starting early Saturday morning, there will be an explosion of OHD activities starting with one- and five- mile road races and a free pancake breakfast starting at 8 a.m. at the Congregational Church. At 9:15 a.m., there will be some “speechifying” on the green, and then Old Home Day scholarships will be awarded and a few Carlisle citizens will be recognized for their outstanding service to the community. Following that, the Great Parade will wend its way up Bedford Road to pass before the reviewing stand.  If history repeats itself, showers of candy will erupt from the parade to the delight of expectant observers. And now, a few details:

The 43rd Old Home Day Road Races will be held June 23; 5 mile (check in: 6:15 a.m. – start 7:15 a.m.) & 1 mile (check in: 7:15 a.m. – start: 8:15 a.m.).  Participants are strongly encouraged to register online in advance at www.lightboxreg.com/carlisle-5-mile_2018.  Questions? carlisleohd@yahoo.com.

The Great Parade will start Saturday morning at 10 a.m.. Entrants are encouraged to reflect this year’s theme, “Carlisle Olympics.” A Grand Prize, 2nd and 3rd prizes will be awarded based on best theme interpretation, originality, crowd response and other judging factors. Parade entries including all floats, horses and other critters, wagons, cars, trucks and walking groups should assemble in the school parking lot by 9 a.m. Access to the parking lot is only available from Church Street (by Green Cemetery) at its intersection with Bedford Road. All bicycles, scooters and other children’s entries should assemble in the Gleason Library parking lot at 9:45 a.m. Questions? Call Debbie Power or Bill Cooney at 1-978-369-0434.

The Art and Craft Show is scheduled for Saturday, 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., at Union Hall. Anyone may enter up to four pieces of original art or craft work. The entry fee is $1 per piece.  Entries will be judged in categories of grades K-4, 5–8, 9–12, adult professional and adult nonprofessional. There will also be a Best in Show and a People’s Choice award. Artwork to be hung must be prepared with sturdy string, wire, hook or loop attached, and ready to hang. Deliver art or craft entries to Union Hall Friday (June 22) from 2 to 6 p.m.. Pick up art work Saturday 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. Artists and artisans of all ages, all levels of experience, all mediums of artistic pursuits and craftsmanship can be a part of this showcase of Carlisle creativity. During the show, music will be provided by a variety of students and adults who have offered to perform. If you would like to perform, or if you have any questions at all about the Art & Craft Show, email carlisleohd@yahoo.com, or call 1-978-287-0049.

The Dunk Tank—a perennial favorite, opens its doors—or tank—at 10:45 a.m. to about 1 p.m. 

Cake Decorating contest.  Attention Carlisle cake bakers. This year’s OHD theme is “Carlisle Olympics.” Join in the fun! Bake a cake, decorate it and enter it in the OHD Cake Decorating Contest. Bring your cakes to the Union Hall basement Saturday morning, between 8:15 and 10:30 a.m. Decorated cake judging will begin at 11:30, and awards presented on the green at 12:15. An apron will be awarded for a special, unusual or best interpretation of the “Carlisle Olympics” theme. Cakes will later carefully be transported to Town Hall to be awarded as prizes in the Cake Walk.

The Cake Walk and music start promptly at 5 p.m. Saturday afternoon at Town Hall. This is one of Old Home Day’s premier events, and needs your donated cakes to continue this fun tradition. Donated cakes may be brought either to Union Hall basement Saturday morning between 8:15 and 10:30 a.m., or from 2 to 5 p.m. at Town Hall. The more cakes you bring, the more fun we have. So bring your folding chairs or blankets, and enjoy the show. In case of rain, the Cake Walk will be held in Union Hall. Questions? Contact: carlisleohd@yahoo.com

Calling All Pie Bakers—Kids and Adults—The Old Home Day Pie Baking Contest needs you! Bakers of all ages are encouraged to get baking and bring your best efforts to the FRS basement between 8:15 and 10:30 a.m.  Saturday. There’s room for everyone who loves to bake with categories for junior and adult bakers. Gluten-free pies are also welcome. After the judging, slices of pie will be available for a donation in the foyer of FRS. Besides the traditional ribbons, an apron will be awarded to the baker whose pie is most unusual, special or on theme. Questions? Contact: carlisleohd@yahoo.com.

The Country Fair is Carlisle Village’s “High Street.” It’s a great place for young entrepreneurs to showcase their wares, and for you to buy locally produced honey, maple syrup or cotton candy. There are only a few booths still available. To reserve yours, contact Steve Hinton at shinton@mindspring.com, or call 1-978-764-9984, or visit www.carlisleOHD.org for the form needed to reserve your booth or table.

10:45-12:45 Friends of the Gleason Library Used Book Sale.  Gently used books for all ages will be for sale on the library lawn (indoors if there is rain). It won’t take an Olympic-sized effort to find something great to read this summer so come on by! Proceeds benefit library activities.

Starting at noon until 3 p.m. Saturday, Carlisle Center Park, located next to Ferns, welcomes you to visit the park and help celebrate its 11th birthday. Garden beds including hundreds of plantings of peonies, roses, weigela, hostas and many others, are growing and blooming. Music provided by the Ancient Mariners Dixieland Band. Four sitting areas welcome you to enjoy this peaceful setting. Bring a picnic lunch if you like. 

At 11:30 a.m. Saturday, there will be a rocketry demonstration at Spalding Field. 

11 a.m. to 4 p.m., the Recreation Department will hold a Badminton Tournament in the Corey Gym and at 2:30 p.m., will show a family friendly movie in the school auditorium. 

The Ice Cream Social has moved to the FRS outdoor playground (former Red Balloon) area, Saturday starting at noon. Enjoy some ice cream while wandering over to the village green for Fun and Games or visiting the Children’s Pet Show next to Carlisle Castle. 

Firefighters Barbecue Dinner.  Don’t miss the Chicken Barbecue at the Fire Station between 4-6:30 p.m. on Saturday. Spaces are limited—first come, first served.


Sunday, June 25, starts off at a leisurely pace with the Trails Committee’s famous Double Sunday Sundae Saunter; a meandering ice cream extravaganza. Meet at 11 a.m. at the school parking lot. More information at:  http://carlisletrails.pbworks.com/w/page/15173809/Upcoming%20Events.


A new activity this year is a Bridge Tournament to be held Friday evening starting at 6:30 in the Sleeper Room at Carlisle Village Court on Church Street.  Details at: www.carlisleohd.org/bridge-tournament.

Community Service Volunteers.  Adult or student volunteers are needed for many Old Home Day Activities. Earn Community Service hours while helping this year’s OHD festivities. For more information, please call Gail Bernardin at:Bernardin@comcast.net or 1-978 318-6972.

More Old Home Day information can be found at: http://www.carlisleohd.org/ Questions? Call 1-978-505-8664 or email: OHD@carlisleOHD.org. 

Old Home Day is funded entirely by tax deductible contributions from Carlisle residents. Help by sending your contribution to: Old Home Day, OHD, P.O. Box 54, Carlisle, MA 01741.  More information at www.carlisleohd.org.