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Friday, July 2, 2010


Carlisle’s 2010 Honored Citizens: Tim and Mary Hult

It is a great privilege to be before you today in our wonderful Town of Carlisle to make the presentation of the Most Honored Citizen Award. We are reminded that this award reads: “to those who have given of themselves unselfishly to make our lives richer and to make Carlisle a place we proudly call home.” ...more

Tricia Smith is Conservationist of the Year

This year’s awardee has arguably been one of the mainstays of the ConsCom for at least twelve years (albeit with a slight hiatus between bouts of service) and during that time has provided the commission with an insightfulness that has brought clarity and resolution, pragmatism and thoughtful analysis to every significant project that has come before the ...more

From Goldens to guinea pigs, children’s pet show was a great success

What a beautiful turnout for the children’s pet show. And such an impressive collection of cute, well behaved and well cared for pets! ...more

OHD results - winners all

Parade winners:

First Place: Carlisle Conservation for “Give a Hoot” ...more


If you like to eat mushrooms, this is a good one to learn. Not only is it tasty, but it is easy to identify, can be quite prolific, has a long season and it is here now. If you don’t like to eat mushrooms, this one is a thing of beauty and can be enjoyed for its good looks. ...more

Soapbox Derby fields five cars submitted by Dave Reed

Congratulations to this year’s Soapbox racers. Five cars and teams competed this year in one of the fastest races in the seven years of Carlisle Old Home Day competition. Some favorites from prior years returned to competition while two new racers debuted. ...more

Record field runs Carlisle Five and Fun One races

Several records were broken at the 35th Annual Carlisle Road Races on June 26. A record 213 runners reached the finish line of the combined races: a record 150 finished the one-mile race (62 female, 79 in the 19 & under age groups), and 63 in the five-mile race (20 female, with nine in the 19 & under age groups). ...more

Old Home Day Art Show winners

Best in Show

Evelyn Caruso, embroidered shirt entitled “Land and People ...more

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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