The Carlisle Mosquito Online

Friday, June 22, 2001

Community Bulletin Board

Old Home Day is a long-standing tradition

Thanks to Ruth Wilkins' thoughtful and inclusive book, Carlisle, Its History and Heritage, 1976, we have a chronicle of our unique Old Home Day celebrations. This year's parade theme, "The Magic of Carlisle" ties in beautifully with the history of the event. Old Home Day is a magical day, created by our forefathers and gives our town a unique, special flavor.

Eighty-nine years ago, in 1912, Carlisle witnessed and enjoyed its first Old Home Day observance. The invitation warmly invited its citizens to a Town Picnic and "Old Home Day" with the following inscription: "This is an invitation to you. Invite your friends and come with your baskets well filled. Let no one go away hungry...A good band of music has been engaged for the day!"

A parade, picnic, refreshment booths, sporting events including a tug-of-war contest and reception for new babies in town were planned. Four or five hundred people attended this successful celebration. Later that year, the Old Home Day Association was formed.

Old Home Day continued for the next four years and then was dormant until 1934. Another period of time elapsed and the next Old Home Day was celebrated on Labor Day 1946 and announced as a Welcome Home to WWII veterans. The next Old Home Day was in 1967 and from that day on, Old Home Day has become an annual event "Along the Carlisle Way."

Thanks to the wisdom and foresight of our founding fathers in 1912 our town is graced with this unique annual event. It is noteworthy that Town Meeting dismissed the idea in 1909. One hundred dollars was requested and the motion failed.

Nothing has changed since 1909. We need your help to sponsor some events. Any donation is appreciated. There is a container at Daisy's Market or you can send a check, made out to the Old Home Day Association, to Susan Evans, OHD chairperson, 299 Heald Road, Carlisle.

Calling all pets

Once again it is time to spruce up the spaniel, tuxedo the terrier, comb the cat and polish the turtle. The Old Home Day pet show will be returning this year on July 4, at 1 p.m. at the Carlisle Castle.

Your pet will be judged on appearance and behavior, and you will be asked to show off your "pet knowledge." The contest is low-key and fun, so come and let your favorite pet enjoy the limelight. Call Sarah Zezima at 1-978-369-8941 if you have any questions.

Walk the cake walk

Donna and Newell Cantrill, along with Beth and Bob Clarke, are chairing the cake walk again this year. The cake walk is similar to musical chairs but with flower-decorated arches instead of chairs. When the music stops and you are under the arch, you win a cake. The cake walk is a major source of financial support for Old Home Day, with well over 100 people participating.

We need cakes, lots and lots of them, to make this happen. Cakes for the cake walk should be delivered to the fire station between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. on July 4. To sign up to bake a cake, call Donna Cantrill at 1-978-369-4388.

Old Home Day news

Old Home Day needs you

Can you spare an hour or two to help out on Old Home Day? Getting involved actually makes the day even more fun. We need volunteers to help with the pie-baking contest and the cake-decorating contest. Both contests take place in the basement of the First Religious Society. Help is needed beginning at 8:30 a.m. Call Susan Evans at 1-978-371-0880 if you are interested.

Next Old Home Day meeting

The next Old Home Day meeting is scheduled for June 26 at 7:30 p.m. in the Sleeper Room at Carlisle Village Court. There is still time to get involved.

Country Fair

Don't miss the Country Fair this year. We will have 27 different booths, something for everyone. All you BBQ fans will be pleased to hear that we will have the return of BBQ food. Jake's Boss BBQ, from Jamaica Plain, where they know what BBQ is, will be here with some mouth watering food.

Boy Scout lunch

Our own Boy Scouts will be grilling up hot dogs, hamburgers and veggie burgers, as has been the tradition for many years. Support our local boys and have lunch on the Green in the shade of the trees.

Dunking booth

The dunking booth will be back again this year, funded by donations to the Old Home Day Association. Come and dunk our selectmen, DARE officer as well as other well-known town officials and not-so-well-known townspeople. Three tries for $1. The dunking booth will be located to the left of the FRS this year. See you there.

Police radar pitch

Thanks to our wonderful police department we will once again have radar pitch, a favorite of young and old alike. Throw a baseball and the radar will clock your speed. This event is generously sponsored by the Carlisle Police Department.

Community service, anyone?

Any high school students interested in acquiring community service hours should call Susan Evans, OHD chairperson, at 1-978-371-0880. We can put you to work at Old Home Day and you'll have fun at the same time. Bring a friend.

A cool start to Old Home Day

The Ice Cream Social, often thought of as the kickoff to Old Home Day, will be held on July 3 from 6 to 8 p.m. on the Green or, in case of rain, Union Hall.

Girl Scouts and their parents will volunteer their time serving the ice cream from Carlisle's famous Great Brook Farm. The cost will be $2 each.

Toppings offered include hot fudge or strawberries. Skip dessert that night and join us. Musical entertainment will be provided by the Squirrel Hill Olde Tyme Band.

Caribbean for Kids to perform at the library

Sing, swing, limbo, and sway with Caribbean for Kids as they perform favorite kids songs put to a Caribbean beat at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, June 27, at the Gleason Public Library. This popular duo will have everyone clapping their hands and stomping their feet to a steel drum and calypso rhythms. This event, to be held on the front lawn of the library, is sponsored by the Friends of the Gleason Library. Suggested age is 5 and up. In case of rain, the performance will be held in Union Hall.

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