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
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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