09/19/2015 - 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Canterbury Green, South Canterbury Road (Rte 169)
near Library Road - Canterbury, CT 06331

Traditional blacksmithing at Old Home Day 2014
Traditional blacksmithing at Old Home Day 2014

Save the date for this classic old-timey celebration that has become the local traditional way of welcoming fall.

The whole family will enjoy live music, luscious food, animals, demonstrations by practitioners of traditional crafts and trades, kids’ activities, historical displays, reenactors, exhibits by civic and nonprofit organizations, farm products, and the 19th century Green District Schoolhouse, now fully restored by the Canterbury Historical Society.

Please check back for updates to the list of exhibitors, musical performers, and the music schedule. (Exhibitors and musicians by prior invitation only.)

Parking News

For the first time this year, to ease congestion and improve safety, Old Home Day on-site parking around the First Congregational Church will be limited 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 parking area in about five minutes.

Live Music Schedule

Performance times are approximate.

  • 10:30 AM, Rick Spencer, recognized internationally for his work as a developer and presenter of theme-based historic music programs in the American folk tradition.
  • Noon, Army Master Sergeant Frank May will sing the national anthem.
  • 12:05, Canterbury’s own World’s Smallest Quartet, Nancy and Braden Pastore, with >400 songs in their repertoire of covers spanning decades, especially the 1960s through the ’90s.
  • 1:15, Still Pickin’, a country-western group who also perform traditional bluegrass, old-time, and gospel music. Members are Bob Coxx (acoustic guitar), Jim Sharpley (guitar, banjo, dobro, harmonica), and Myrna Riquier (bass).’.html
  • 2:25, The Thread City String Band, founded by a group of Eastern Connecticut State University students, play a  lively mix of original folk and classic old-time arrangements. Members are Ben Shafer (fiddle), Tom Schubert (guitar), Joey Berglund (banjo, vocals), and Solveig Millett (cello).

Confirmed exhibitors as of September 17:

  • Nancy Allyn, antique chair restorer
  • Ambulance 255, restored WWI ambulance
  • Black Hart Longarms, Edwin Parry, black powder gunsmith
  • Grant Bombria, traditional broom maker
  • Amy Burroughs, miniature horses and goats
  • Canterbury Cones, fresh ice cream, yogurt ice cream, nondairy sorbet
  • Canterbury Historical Society—your Old Home Day hosts—offering home-baked goods, and exhibits in the restored one-room Green district schoolhouse
  • Canterbury Lions, offering hamburgers, hot dogs, water, soda, and chips
  • Canterbury VFW
  • Canterbury Volunteer Fire Department, displaying a fire engine and ambulance
  • Cubhunt Farm Team, Beverly Stramiska, local start-up branch of the Interscholastic Equestrian Association for middle and high school students, offering a free children’s “horsey” craft activity
  • Glenn Alan Cheney, author, selling and signing his books
  • OHD_sidebar2.jgpDavid Costanzo, Baldwin Brook Studio, landscapes and historic landmarks in a variety of paint media
  • Crafty Rabbit, Ric Nadeau, hand-operated jigsaw crafts
  • Finnish American Heritage Society, offering traditional pulla bread
  • First Congregational Church of Canterbury, offering homemade pies
  • Free children’s activities
  • The Great Quinnehtukqut Company of Artificers and Traders, early American reenactors
  • Hundred Acre Farm, Denise Lippy, Canterbury-made jams, jellies, fruit butters, and applesauce
  • Bill Kivic, waffle and wafer making over open fire
  • Lynne Krug, traditional blacksmith
  • Gary Lavarack, artist, oils on canvas in a realistic style
  • Maple Leaf Farm, Tony & Lynne Denning, local maple syrup and other goodies
  • Sharon Maynard, Mohegan basket maker, splint basketry
  • Bob Noiseux, free vintage car rides in a fab 1927 International Woodie Beach Wagon
  • Alton Orlomoski, antiques display
  • Caitlyn Orlomoski, handcrafts
  • Our Kids Farm, Wendee Dupont, dwarf goats, goats’ milk lotions and soaps
  • Plainfield Historical Society
  • Linda and Ernest Provencher, handmade woodenware
  • Roseland Cottage Education Department, Historic New England, historical reenactors
  • Tony Shaw, Custom Wood Creation, handcrafted wooden ink pens, keepsake boxes, and more
  • Rob Stearns, Farm Family Insurance
  • Swampy Acres Farm, Fred Penney, local fresh farm produce; eggs; live chickens, pigs, piglets, beef cattle; and pork, chicken, and beef meats
  • Deirdre Tetreault and Fran Grab, offering cold process soaps, crafted table linens, and more
  • Paul Tetreault, burl bowl maker
  • The Last Green Valley, Ranger Bill Reid
  • Triple C Cakes, Cindy Miller, homemade cakes for all occasions
  • Jack Tucker, displaying vintage engines and tractors
  • Bill Tyler, displaying vintage tractors
  • Ann L. Vaillencourt, Kitt Brook Studio, watercolors and pastels of Canterbury and surrounding area
  • Walnut Creek Forge, Jason Hilley, traditional blacksmith
  • Wee Little Bunny Farm, bunnies, chickens, and ducks
  • Yankee Yesteryear Car Club, members displaying their classic cars
  • Yaworski’s Haul of Fame Trucking Museum, displaying vintage vehicles

Check out photos of 2014 Old Home Day by talented photographer and Canterbury Historical Society president, Linda Orlomoski:

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