Friday, July 13, 2001
Old Home Day parade review and rewards
Spectators along the parade route were delighted by the creativity, spirit, humor and sense of community displayed by all of the participants in this year's OHD Parade.
Carlisleans enjoyed two beautiful white ponies followed by six star-spangled horses, a fleet of antique vehicles, a full complement of fire engines, many unique floats and tractors. And didn't we all get a kick out of the roving karate demonstration as performed by Callahan's Kempo Karate? The children of Carlisle turned out in record numbers as they propelled their decorated cycles, wagons, and scooters just ahead of the D.A.R.E. vehicle. And after a brief detour toward the Green Cemetery, the Historical Society's horse-drawn hearse brought the parade to a close.
Needless to say, the judges were faced with the daunting task of selecting a few winners from this very impressive array of entries. The finalists were:
The First Religious Society (FRS) Precision Lawn Chair Drill TeamThe eighteen member FRS drill team marching along the parade route with lawn chairs held on high, brought townspeople to their feet with gales of laughter and rounds of applause. Led by their able marshal Kathy Booth calling out such moves as present chairs, sit, wave right and wave left, proved to be a sure winner in the Old Home Day Parade.
Mosquito Magic -- The Proctor family, Andrea and Frank and their two children, Devin and Haley of South Street who live in the house once owned by the late Mary Diment, home of the Carlisle Mosquito for many years, featured the mosquito in all guises carried on their pick-up truck. Featured was an over-sized mosquito in a top hat reading a Carlisle Mosquito. The other mosquitoes riding along were made of papier-mâché, constructed by Devin and Haley.
Castle Rock The Stropkay and the Findlay-Freeman families who live on Rockland Road were inspired by the theme "Magic of Carlisle" to focus on the out-of-doors, the terrain, the animals and little creatures that abound in their neighborhood bordering Castle Rock on the Conant Land. Featured on their float were deer, raccoon, moths, butterflies, snakes, a bear, boulders and a turkey vulture flying overhead. "It was our kids ideas that inspired our entry," said Marge Findlay.
The Ferret (British Armoured Car) The "Ferret,"owned since April by John Knobel, is a vehicle used by the British military for reconnaissance and liason work. lt was produced in England from 1951 to 1972 and a few were used during the Gulf War.
Growing up, Knobel heard his father's stories from the Second World War, especially his experiences of operating an American tank. Later, with his wife and children, vacationing in Wolfeboro, New Hampshire he had an opportunity to visit an armed vehicle museum and take part in the Fourth of July Parade, driving an American tank. Since April, aside from taking part in the Old Home Day parade, the family uses it to drive to Kimballs for ice cream. As Knobel explained, it is just like driving a jeep with armour.
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