FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC. SPONSORED BY THE CANTERBURY HISTORICAL SOCIETY.
Mark your calendar and save the date for Canterbury Old Home Day 2019 on October 12.
As always, this popular old-timey community fall celebration on Canterbury green (aka the grounds of the 1st Congregational Church) brings together a lively mix of historical reenactors, demonstrations by plyers of traditional early trades, friendly animals, local farmers, antique vehicles, and a variety of nonprofit groups and other exhibitors. The restored 19th century one-room Green District Schoolhouse will feature exhibits on the town’s past; area musicians will perform throughout the day; and of course there will lots of great food to choose from. Catch up with old friends and possibly make some new ones.
Old Home Day has become Canterbury’s favorite way of embracing fall. We hope to see you there. Admission and parking are always free. We will update the list of exhibitors below as more are confirmed. Check back here for the latest information, and don’t miss our Facebook updates https://www.facebook.com/CanterburyHistoricalSociety.CT.
Here’s a Canterbury Old Home Day PDF flyer too, OHD flyer2019 v2.
To ease congestion and improve safety, on-site parking on the town green around the First Congregational Church will be strictly limited only to visitors with handicapped permits. General parking will be at the Dr. Helen Baldwin Middle School on Westminster Road (Rte. 14), with a free shuttle provided by the town of Canterbury running all day, 10:00 to 4:00. If you choose, you can also walk from the middle school parking area in about five minutes.
Live Music Schedule, times are approximate
Confirmed Exhibitors as of September 16—Canterbury Old Home Day is only as good as its fabulous exhibitors!
- Molly Arnio, demonstrating a traditional printing press
- Grant Bombria, traditional broom maker
- BZB Farm, Amy and Andy Burroughs, showing miniature horses and goats; calves; and donkeys and offering local fresh produce
- Canterbury Elementary School PTO
- CANTERBURY HISTORICAL SOCIETY—your Old Home Day hosts—offering home-baked goods, Canterbury-themed items, and exhibits inside the restored one-room Green district schoolhouse, including old school photos.
At our booth, you can also purchase 50/50 tickets to benefit the Canterbury Historical Society and a lucky ticket buyer. $1 a ticket, or six for $5.
- Canterbury Lions, serving hamburgers, hot dogs, water, soda, and chips
- Canterbury VFW, Post 10688
- Canterbury Volunteer Fire Department, displaying equipment
- Celtic Hill Alpaca, showing alpacas and goats, demonstrating spinning, and offering ceramics, alpaca yarn, fiber, and knitted goods
- Children’s play area
- Eastconn Eagle Pow Wows, nonprofit organizers of Native American pow wows and festivals
- James Easton, traditional hand-made wood carvings
- Eat Neater, Bailey La Blanc offering bodacious bibs for persons of all ages
- Ernie’s Custom Woodcrafts, Ernest Provencher offering hand-crafted cutting boards and other woodenware
- Veronica Ferriss, informational display about early New England tavern signs
- Finnish American Heritage Society, offering traditional pulla bread
- First Congregational Church of Canterbury, selling homemade pies
- For His Glory, Lisa Herring, offering wooden flower arrangements, country signs and décor
- FREE antique car rides by Bob Noiseux—no kidding, FREE! Tool around our beautiful village and a bit beyond
- Friends of the Canterbury Public Library, offering used books for the financial benefit of the public library
- Friends of the Prudence Crandall Museum, supporters of the museum’s fundraising events, lectures, children’s activities, and more. In the 1830s, Miss Crandall operated an academy for the education of “young ladies and little misses of color” just steps from the Canterbury Old Home Day site. She is Connecticut’s official state heroine
- JoAnne Gears, artist working in many genres, from human & animal portraits to custom folk-art floor cloths
- Hart’s Greenhouse, owner Joyce Hart providing a beautifully decorated spot where you can snap your fall photos—photo op!
- The Hatching House at Ole Yankee Farm, showing exotic chickens & other animals
- Hay Burr Inn Equine Rescue & Sanctuary, showing miniature horses
- Hundred Acre Farm, Denise Lippy offering jams, jellies, fruit butters, applesauce, and other homey treats
- The Huntington Homestead, Gov. Samuel Huntington Trust, preserving the nearby birthplace of Samuel Huntington, American patriot, governor of Connecticut, signer of the Declaration of Independence, and president of the Continental Congress
- Bill Kivic, waffle and wafer making over an open fire
- Lynne Krug, traditional blacksmithing all day
- Little River Farm, Amy Corey, offering quality yarn from around the world and from their own Gotland sheep; lessons in spinning, weaving, felting and dyeing; showing a friendly goat or two
- Curt Munson, Rev War rifleman reenactor
- Northeast District Department of Health, with information on how to stay well
- Nutmeg Acres Wildlife Rehabilitation, rehabilitator of sick, injured, and orphaned wildlife
- Doug O’Connor, maker of fine handcrafted Windsor furniture
- Alton Orlomoski, displaying local historical artifacts and other items of interest
- Amy Orlomoski, curator of a display on Canterbury town history inside the Green (Centre) 19th century one-room schoolhouse on the grounds of Canterbury Old Home Day
- Our Kids Farm, Wendee Dupont, dwarf goats, goats’ milk lotions and soaps
- Pat’s Fleece, Pat Tracy with custom fleece items including themed blankets – animals, sports teams, etc.
- Plainfield Historical Society
- Roseland Cottage, a Historic New England property, sending us historical reenactors
- She’s Sew Obsessed, Amy Arino, with handmade totes, baskets, pouches
- Steinhagen Pottery, Erich and Janice, with traditional redware pottery and fabric arts.
- Swampy Acre Farm, Fred Penney, offering local farm products and showing a friendly farm animal or two
- Deirdre Tetreault, with cold process soaps, crafted table linens, and more
- The Last Green Valley National Heritage Corridor
- Tracy’s Farm, Meaghan and Prentice (P.J.) Tracy, offering their local maple syrup, honey, and beeswax products
- Jack Tucker, making hot fresh-popped corn
- 26th Yankee Division, WWI reenactors
- Ann Vaillencourt, fine-art painter
- Veit Farm Crafts, Lori Veit, offering handcraft knitted and crocheted items
- Whisper Willow Farm, Amanda Gavitt, showing bunnies, chickens, and ducks
- Yankee Woodworking, Larry Geer with handmade birdhouses and other woodenware
- Denis Yaworski, displaying a historic horse-drawn mail wagon
Interested in possibly exhibiting at Old Home Day?
If you are interested in maybe becoming an Old Home Day exhibitor, act fast as applications will close soon. Click here for the Canterbury Old Home Day 2019 Exhibitor Application. We are especially seeking historical reenactors, farmers, exhibitors who will bring friendly animals, and practitioners of early trades. Questions? Email to CanterburyOHD@gmail.com or contact Old Home Day Chairperson Ellen at 860-546-9346. (If you leave a phone message, please be sure to include your callback number—antique answering machine can no longer display caller numbers.)
Canterbury Old Home Day is Walktober event #113
The 2019 Walktober brochure is now available online. Click for more about The Last Green Valley National Heritage Corridor and its annual Walktober fall blowout of hikes, walks, paddles, bike pedals, and more. It’s all pretty amazing. We love welcoming folks from far and wide—but are we really lucky enough to live here?
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