The Carlisle Mosquito Online

Friday, July 19, 2002


Old Home Day 2002 a day of heroes

Old Home Day 2002 proved that patriotism is alive, well and ever prevalent in Carlisle! The day was a huge success, with several people in attendance despite the oppressive heat and humidity.

Celebrations began on the eve of the 4th with an Ice Cream Social on the Town Green where townspeople were serenaded by "Second Wind." Young and old enjoyed Great Brook Farm ice cream, hot fudge, strawberries and whipped cream. Thanks go to Lisa and Peter Duffy and Welles and Katherine Hatch for organizing the event again this year, as well as to Girl Scout leader Kathy Galligan and the Scouts.

Kids line up to join the OHD parade. (Photo by Ellen Huber)

Early on the 4th, diehard runners turned out in droves to run the 5 and 1 mile races organized for the 26th year by Ronald Kmiec.

The Cantrills and the Reeds sold coffee, orange juice and donuts once again this year as a substitute for the traditional Pancake Breakfast, which we hope will be back for 2003.

The Carlisle Minutemen under the supervision of Captain Scott Evans performed the American flag rising, as Ben Phillippo played "The Star Spangled Banner."

Conservationist award, presented by John Lee, was given to Marjie Findlay this year in appreciation of all of her efforts.

Howard Hensleigh ably presented the Outstanding Citizen Award to the well deserving Bob Koning of Acton Street. Koning has done so much out of the goodness of his heart because of his love of Carlisle.

Congratulations to Deb Power and Bill Cooney for once again organizing a super parade. Thanks also to Deb Dawson and Chris Jones for their assistance with the children's bikes.

The Cake Decorating contest had many participants this year and was orchestrated by Stephanie Shenton along with helpers Mary and Hannah Mathew.

Pies were delicious and the contest went well with under the guidance of Carlisle's own Carolyn Shohet and her daughter Nancy West. Thanks also to Mike Holland for once again organizing the bread-baking contest.

This year the Country Fair had a face lift, thanks to Old Home Day Committee carpenters Peter Duffy, Scott Evans, Bob Orlando and Peggy Wang who spent many hours building 20 new booths. The booths were host to old favorites: the Carlisle Mosquito, Council on Aging, maple syrup and honey along with vendors selling earrings, items from Central America, cotton candy, lots and lots of beverages and more, and Jake was back with his delicious barbeque. We don't have a mall in Carlisle, but once a year we can count on the fair to provide us with a chance to shop locally, thanks to Bob and Nancy Orlando.

The Art Show received many entries once again this year by professional artists as well as amateurs, kids and adults. Peggy Wang, chairperson of this event, did a wonderful job organizing this event, which included music by several local artists.

The Dunk Tank was a good way to cool off during the day and lots of fun for everyone, the dunkees as well as the dunkers. Several town officials took the seat and allowed their fellow townspeople to 'dunk' them. Jane and Bert Williams and the Tierney family carefully operated this ever-popular event again this year.

The Pet Show returned this year, again in the capable hands of Sarah Zezima and her crew of expert judges (one of whom even had Westminster Kennel Club experience)! Thanks for an event where everyone is a winner.

Games on the Town Green were back again this year. The frog-jumping contest, brought to us once again by Steve Pearlman, had many entrants as did corn husking, the 'baby' of David Reed and Newel Cantrill. Relay races, coordinated by Jason Reed were enjoyed by kids of all ages. Daisy's Market, Great Brook Farm and Kimball's at Bates Farm generously donated prizes.

The day ended with a delicious chicken barbecue prepared by the Carlisle Firefighters at the Fire Station. "Two for the Show," funded by the Carlisle Cultural Council, provided music for the Cake Walk. Despite the heat several homemade cakes were donated, about 100, so the fun lasted a long time! The cake walk is an old favorite and would not be possible without Donna and Newel Cantrill and their able helper Beth Clarke and all arch watchers and cake table and of course, all the delicious cakes provided by Carlisle bakers.

Thanks to all who attended Old Home Day, keeping the Carlisle tradition alive by enjoying friends and neighbors in the spirit of patriotism and the celebration of the birth of the USA.

The Old Home Day Committee would like to thank Amy Sullivan of Cape Cod Potato Chips for donating several hundred bags of chips. The chips were enjoyed by all.

Old Home Day historians

The two newest additions to the Old Home Day Committee are photographers Bonnie Greer and Patti Russo. Bonnie and Patti were seen circulating on the eve of OHD and the 4th taking pictures of Carlisleans enjoying the town celebration. The Old Home Day Committee plans on keeping pictorial histories for future generations to enjoy for years to come. Welcome and thank you to Bonnie and Patti.

Community Service hours performed on OHD

Many thanks to the students who volunteered to earn community service hours by helping out on Old Home Day in one capacity or another. The high school students are as follows: Ben Phillippo, Tyler Davis, Annie Pauler, Crissy Lyons, Rachael Grean, Hannah Mathew, David Nelson, Zane Schweer, Olivia Vienneau, Chris Daniels, David Lee and Marshall Evans. Thank you for your help.

2002 The Carlisle Mosquito