10/14/2017 - 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Canterbury Green, South Canterbury Road (Rte 169)
near Library Road - Canterbury, CT 06331

Waffle and wafer making over an open fire by Bill Kivic
Waffle and wafer making over an open fire by Bill Kivic

Mark your family’s calendar for this old-timey celebration that has become the local favorite way of embracing fall.

Relax and explore the varied exhibitor offerings while enjoying live music, luscious food, friendly animals, demonstrations by practitioners of traditional crafts and trades, kids’ activities, historical displays, reenactors, exhibits by civic and nonprofit organizations, local farm products, and the historic 19th century Green District Schoolhouse, now fully restored by the Canterbury Historical Society. In the process, reconnect with old friends or maybe make some new ones.

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

Don’t miss it! Admission and parking are always free. Who knows what might be new and different this year?


To ease congestion and improve safety, Old Home Day on-site parking on the town green 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 (all times are approximate)

  • 10:00 to 10:50, Rick Spencer performing historical songs
  • 11:00 to noon, the Thames River Big Band
  • Noon, Army Sergeant Major Frank May sings the national anthem
  • 12:15 to 1:15, Bear Minimum, toe-tapping bluegrass
  • 1:30 to 2:30, Tom Thornton, rock ‘n roll oldies
  • 2:40 to 3:20, Jeff Perkins, folksy acoustic favorites

Confirmed exhibitors as of October 13

  • Black Hart Longarms, Edwin Parry, black powder gunsmith
  • 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 Agricultural Commission
  • 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.
    • The Lions are also hosting a KidSight vision screening program in the First Congregational Church basement from 1:00 to 3:00 PM.  The KidSight program assures children are “vision ready” for life and learning. The hand-held Welch Allyn Spot scanner used  resembles a cam recorder with blinking lights to keep the child’s attention. The non-invasive scanner is held three feet from the child and takes less than 10 seconds to produce the screening results. Parents are given an immediate printout, which they can—if needed—take to an optician or other health care professional.
  • Canterbury VFW, Post 10688
  • David Costanzo, Baldwin Brook Studio, landscapes and historic landmarks in a variety of paint media
  • James Easton, traditional hand-made wood carvings
  • Finnish American Heritage Society, offering traditional pulla bread
  • First Congregational Church of Canterbury, offering homemade pies
  • Free children’s activities
  • Friends of the Canterbury Public Library, selling used books
  • Girl Scouts of Connecticut, Troop 6513, leading free children’s activities
  • Fran Grab, offering hand crafted items
  • Honey Pickle Farms, Lori Veit Fenner, offering handcraft knitted and crocheted items
  • Hundred Acre Farm, Denise Lippy, Canterbury-made jams, jellies, fruit butters, and applesauce
  • The Huntington Homestead, Gov. Samuel Huntington Trust, preserving the birthplace of Samuel Huntington, American patriot, governor of Connecticut, signer of the Declaration of Independence, and president of the Continental Congress
  • Andrea Jacobson, offering all-natural hand crafted soaps
  • Bill Kivic, waffle and wafer making over an open fire
  • Mike Kotowski, playing his accordion inside the Green schoolhouse
  • Lynne Krug, traditional blacksmith
  • Amy Labbe, showing exotic breeds of chickens
  • Lisa’s Chocolates, offering Canterbury-made hand-crafted chocolates
  • Sharon Maynard, Mohegan basketmaker, splint basketry
  • Bob Noiseux, free vintage car rides (seriously, rides are  FREE)
  • Sarah Noiseux, Eileen Savage, Emily Bartoshevich, quilters
  • Northeast District Department of Health
  • Doug O’Connor, maker of fine hand-crafted Windsor furniture
  • Alton Orlomoski, antiques display
  • Linda Orlomoski, New England photography
  • Caitlyn Orlomoski, handmade yarn items
  • Our Kids Farm, Wendee Dupont, dwarf goats, goats’ milk lotions and soaps
  • Paisley Peacock Body Arts, face painting and henna “tattoos”
  • Penny Lane Creations, Penny Bennett, photo cards
  • Plainfield Historical Society
  • Ponies, Inc., Amy Burroughs, with miniature ponies and goats
  • Ernest Provencher, handmade woodenware
  • Roseland Cottage Education Department, Historic New England, historical reenactors
  • She’s Sew Obsessed, Amy Arnio, handmade bags and small treasures
  • 6th Connecticut Regiment, Revolutionary War reenactors
  • Soapium, Michelle M. Tharp, offering artisanal, small-batch soaps
  • Standish Brook Farm, offering artisanal breads
  • Swampy Acres Farm, Fred Penney, small-scale farm offering Canterbury-fresh products
  • Deirdre Tetreault, with cold process soaps, crafted table linens, and more
  • Paul Tetreault, burl bowl maker
  • The Last Green Valley, Ranger Bill Reid
  • 26th Yankee Division, WWI reenactors
  • Bill Tyler, displaying vintage tractors
  • Chili Bob Whatley, colonial era reenactor
  • Whisper Willow Farm, Amanda Gavitt, with bunnies, chickens, and ducks
  • Wilkinson Farm, maple syrup and handmade wooden toys
  • Yankee Yesteryear Car Club, exhibiting antique and collector cars
  • Yaworski’s Haul of Fame truck museum, Denis Yaworksi, displaying vintage vehicles

The Norwich Bulletin featured articles both before and after 2015 Old Home Day.

Tony DenningSpecial dedication

This year, the Canterbury Historical Society is recognizing someone who sadly is no longer going to be a part of Old Home Day, and to whose memory we dedicate this year’s Old Home Day celebration. Tony Denning was a tremendous help to us in years past, rounding up new exhibitors, cajoling folks into promoting the day, taking on the tough job of measuring and staking out the spaces on the Green ahead of the event, organizing and directing exhibitors during setup, selling wonderful maple products at his own booth, helping everyone break down their displays at the end of the day, even building a portable wooden stage for our entertainers. Tony was a force to be reckoned with and a great supporter of Old Home Day. Last year on November 18th, Tony passed away after a short illness, but his spirit has lived on during our planning meetings for this year’s event. We miss him and remain thankful that he included Old Home Day among the community organizations and projects he so enthusiastically supported.

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