Old Home Day
Old Home Day is a classic New England tradition that has been transplanted across the country wherever practitioners and traditionalists have settled. It is a celebration of self-identity, roots, tradition and hope. It is not a celebration of America’s independence; rather it is a celebration of our interdependence; it is about community, welcoming, remembering and family.
In Carlisle, Old Home Day is, at the very least, an opportunity to appreciate those folks who have served the town in some remarkable fashion either by the longevity of their service or an outstanding achievement as a result of their service. We honor two outstanding citizens who have selflessly served the public interest or good—this year Dave and Florence Reed — as well as a “conservationist”— this year Marc Lamere — who has worked tirelessly to preserve and promote those ideals that so characterize what has made Carlisle the unique community we have become. As often as not, our honorees have flown beneath our radar for years, quietly doing the drudge work of managing our quaint burg, insuring our safety, shepherding our resources and creating/sustaining the character of Carlisle. They have given of their time and energy without recompense to the benefit of us all.
By celebrating Old Home Day and welcoming home friends and family who may have flown the coop, we perpetuate memory, support past traditions, and have the opportunity to create new stories that may be relevant for years to come. It’s an opportunity to say “thank you,” “welcome” and/or “job well done” to folks we have perhaps hitherto neither known nor acknowledged. It is also the time for the recently-arrived to learn more about Carlisle’s history and traditions, to learn about how they may become involved in the many colorful and creative groups and organizations that so characterize Carlisle. It is a celebration of the past and the present, of history and modernity, of participation and sharing.
In these days of defining who we are by juxtaposition, Old Home Day is the day when we can define ourselves as a blanket of broad, intersecting interests, skills and capabilities which may be shared for strength. It is the day when Carlisle’s community resources (civil and social) are on full display; the day on which each of us in attendance may become one of the many threads which, when woven together, becomes part of the fabric that creates our community. Unlike most towns today, Carlisle is a community of unremunerated volunteers. Become one of us!