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 lawn 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 historic 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, and will add the schedule for live music once it’s firmed up. Check back here for the latest information, and don’t miss our Facebook updates https://www.facebook.com/CanterburyHistoricalSociety.CT.
To ease congestion and improve safety, Old Home Day 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.
Confirmed Exhibitors as of July 16
- 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 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
- Glenn Cheney, local author and artist, offering his books and paintings
- Children’s activities–FREE!
- Eastconn Eagle Pow Wows, nonprofit organizers of Native American pow wows and festivals
- James Easton, traditional hand-made wood carvings
- Ernie’s Custom Woodcrafts, Ernest Provencher offering hand-crafted cutting boards and other woodenware
- First Congregational Church of Canterbury, selling homemade pies
- JoAnne Gears, artist working in many genres, from human & animal portraits to custom folk-art floor cloths
- Larry Geer, handmade birdhouses and other woodenware
- The Hatching House at Ole Yankee Farm, showing exotic chickens & other animals
- Hay Burr Inn equine rescue, showing miniature horses
- Honey Pickle Farm, Lori Veit Fenner, offering handcraft knitted and crocheted items
- 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
- Mike Kotowski, playing his accordion inside the Green schoolhouse
- Lynne Krug, traditional blacksmithing all day
- Nutmeg Acres Wildlife, 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
- 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, historical reenactors
- Steinhagen Pottery, traditional redware pottery and fabric arts
- Swampy Acre Farm, 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
- Jack Tucker, making hot fresh-popped corn
- 26th Yankee Division, WWI reenactors
- Ann Vaillencourt, fine-art painter
- Whisper Willow Farm, Amanda Gavitt, showing bunnies, chickens, and ducks
Interested in possibly exhibiting at Old Home Day?
If you are interested in maybe becoming an Old Home Day exhibitor, please 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 need to leave a phone message, please be sure to leave your callback number.)
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