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Friday, July 2, 2010


OLD HOME DAY ….The Secrets….and the Magic

We’ve been blessed with an amazing group of the best darn volunteers anyone could want.

Thirty plus Carlisleans who “get it” when it comes to volunteering. It is what we all are about.

All of us love this Town and we love this gift of


And amongst the SECRETS of this committee and this day you find….

There is no such thing as a bad idea (except the Gorilla wrestling Bert!)

There is no offer of help that isn’t needed

There is no suggestion that isn’t the right one we needed

There aren’t enough thank-you’s to be voiced.

And here are a few examples of how this works…

In February these volunteers begin to plan the day and then….

Hundreds of people give so generously to make sure we can meet our expenses.

A dunkee in the booth needs someone to finish his set…his son takes over.

A couple making salads for the BBQ gives up their anniversary to be there for us.

Another couple steps up to continue and enhance the tradition of the Country Fair.

Pancakes are served with pride, doing a giving thing for the entire town.

A frog man appears and hosts the laughter of a HUGE FROG loose in the crowd.

Carl Andreassen gives his entire day to watch over the cakes.

The road races are bigger than ever and carry on a 35-year tradition.

Art exhibits reveal the amazing depth of talent in this town.

A Carlisle-sized book sale is there for all to enjoy.

And like clockwork, a pie and cake decorating contest that is “consuming.”

“Ear to ear” smiles while 600 ears of corn are shucked…Only in Carlisle.

Boy Scouts make sure no one wants for good old hamburgers and hot dogs.

And the Center Park of Carlisle spreads the joy even further.

The volunteer Fire Department raises chicken BBQ to a whole new standard.

The creativity of organizations and neighbors yields floats perfect for the day.

A parade that cannot be matched anywhere here in New England.

The DPW quietly pieces together the structures of Old Home Day.

The Police Force treats us all like WE were THE FINEST people ever.

A soapbox derby with “inadvertent” swamp buggies entertains us all.

A misplaced, & expensive camera is found and turned into the Police.

A pet show warms the hearts of dozens of children and their “buddies.”

The children’s games give away smiles by the bucketful.

Rousting non committee members from bed to lend us a hand and THEIR truck.

When they aren’t rained out the Girl Scouts serve the finest ice cream in town.

And band members throw in together to build a new stage for the Music Cavalcade.

And music, music, music, a gift from our own talented residents.

And then we see and hear the MAGIC of Old Home Day:

Rich Sibley’s 10 year-old son, a man of few words, said it all:

“OLD HOME DAY, I loved everything!”


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