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 Master Sergeant 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 September 21 — check back for updates
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
Glenn Alan Cheney, author, selling and signing his books
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
Green Valley Cotton Candy
Mark Holdridge, antique house and building restoration and new post & beam construction
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
Lance Kozikowski, traditional metalworks in iron, copper, tin, and pewter
Not on our mailing list? We are happy to send email announcements of our programs and events to nonmembers. To be added to the list, send your request, full name, and email address using the Contact page of this website. We never share your contact information, and you can opt out at any time.