Contact Info

Old Home Day Committee
37 Main Street
Charlton, MA 01507
P: 508-248-2200 x 2408

Office Hours



As needed

Agenda - Jan. 18, 3:30 PM


Old Home Day Committee Members

Kathleen Walker,
Jennie Frisella
Booth Registrar
Cathy Kuehl,
Parade Chair
Chief Jim Pervier,
Entertainment Chair
Rob Thomas, Road Race
Chase Courville,
Soap Box Derby
Mike Lally
Fundraising Chair
Bonnie Seifert
Heather Clements
Darlene Emco-Rollins
Old Home Day Committee

About Old Home Day

Find Your OHD Spot: Download Map to the Common!
Notice: Old Home Day Road Closures 2017

Old Home Day is an event held in Charlton, Massachusetts on Labor Day weekend at the end of each summer. Established in 1897, the event brings friends, neighbors, family, and visitors together with a true community spirit. It is a tradition begun over 120 years ago when the citizens of Charlton gathered at the end of summer, before the beginning of the fall harvest and the onset of winter.

The essence of Old Home Day consists of a tradition, which reminds us all that we are part of a community. It offers a chance for folks to join and reflect on the important things required to be a citizen here in a small town in Massachusetts. This day celebrates the town, the people and the past, and it’s so much fun!

The entertainment and many of the activities vary from year to year, but are free of charge. It is a day filled with exciting entertainment, traditional events, friendship and fun to the residents of Charlton, neighboring towns, extended families, acquaintances and anyone who wants to know what Charlton is really all about!

The 121st Old Home Day will be celebrated on
Monday, September 4, 2017!

Boy Scout Troop #338
Camosse Masonry Supply
Charlton Optical
Casella Waste Systems, Inc.
Country Bank for Savings
Diane Dabrowski, Realtor
Incom, Inc.
Storz Karl Endovision
Linda Thurston
Michael Lundquist, dba Boombas 24 Hr. Towing Recovery, Inc.
Millennium Power
Officer Richard M. McGrath and the Charlton Police Explorers - Post #296
Ronnie’s Seafood
Savers Bank
Southbridge Savings (Cornerstone Bank)
Ted’s Package Store
Tree House Brewery
MTD Micromolding
Everybodys Fitness Center
Ed Stearns Dressed Meats
Safety Source – Northeast

2017 Old Home Day Committee Award Winners

Citizen of the Year: Rob Thomas

Posthumous Commmunity Service Award: Peter Cooper, Sr.

Community Service Awards:

1. Mike Zereski
2. Janet Cullen
3. Heather Clements
4. Jennie Frisella

Youth Award: Halle Sanchez

Business Award: Charlton Optical

Honorary Parade Marshall: Kevin Morin

Humanitarian Award: Kevin and Lisa Brodeur

OHD 2017 Activities and Events

The Old Home Day Committee of Charlton, Massachusetts announced the dates for the 121st Old Home Day weekend celebration to be held from Saturday, September 2 through Monday, September 4, 2017.

Saturday - September 2, 2017:

Saturday evening will kick off events starting at 6:30 PM with a concert provided by ThrowBack to the 60s, followed by the fireworks. For a family night out come and join in the celebration by spreading a blanket to sit on the rolling lawns of the Overlook Communities, eating hot dogs, hamburgers and popcorn, and street dancing while listening to the free entertainment. The huge fireworks display will begin around 9 PM. Remember to please help support this event. The location of this event is 88 Masonic Home Road Charlton, MA.

Sunday - September 3, 2017:

The Charlton High School Alumni Association annual meeting (for all students who went to Charlton High School) will begin at 12:30 p.m. at the Charlton Senior Center (formerly Charlton High School). Plenty of parking space is available. Enter from the rear parking lot or the side door. Events include dinner, served at 1 p.m., and the annual Alumni Association meeting, followed by news from schoolmates and classmates. There will be a tour of the former high school building, which is now the town's municipal building. For more information, call Frances (Foskett) Lamprey at (508) 347-9609 or Judy (Seifert) Maskell at (508) 248-5580.

Monday - Labor Day - September 4, 2017:

Monday morning will feature the Annual Soap Box Derby at 7 AM as well as the Annual Charlton Road Race at 9 AM, which in the past has had over 350 runners. Also being held is the Kids Run at 11:30 AM. Visit the Craft Fair, Art Show, Lumberjack Contest, and Frog Jumping Contest. The Charlton Garden Club will present its annual flower show in the lower part of Charlton Federated Church from 9 AM - 3 PM. The Charlton Common will be loaded with displays of Crafts, Food and Merchandise, along with informational booths with educational materials for the community at large. During the day, Bands and Singers will fill the air with music to entertain the guests. The finale of the day - from 2 p.m to 2:30 - will include community awards for citizenship and community service. The Grand Parade through Charlton Center will step off at 3:30 p.m. from Masonic Home. The Booths open at 9 AM and the parade ends at about 4 PM.

All are welcome to enjoy the FREE entertainment and take part in the spirit of the community!

Old Home Day Brochure and Schedule of Events

Download the Map of the Common

Fireworks and Concert

Saturday evening will kick off events starting at 6:30 PM with a concert provided by ThrowBack to the 60s, followed by the fireworks. For a family night out come and join in the celebration by spreading a blanket to sit on the rolling lawns of the Overlook Communities, eating hot dogs, hamburgers and popcorn, and street dancing while listening to the free entertainment. The huge fireworks display will begin around 9 PM. Remember to please help support this event. The location of this event is 88 Masonic Home Road Charlton, MA.

Booths on the Common

It's time for all those not-for-profit organizations to let the Old Home Day Committee know if they will have a booth on the Common this year. To the extent possible, we try not to have duplications in items sold but due to the growth of the town and the attendance on Old Home Day, there may be exceptions. In addition to selling food items, organizations may want to sponsor an activity or simply provide information about their organization.

Fill out the Booth Application to reserve a booth. Non-Profit booths $25. All others $100. Please email with any questions. We would love having you on the Common!

Board of Health: Application for Food Establishment Permit
Board of Health: Old Home Day Requirements

Soap Box Derby

Mandatory Derby Car Inspection:
Saturday, Aug. 12, 2017 from 10 AM to 12 PM at Charlton Middle School Driveway

The Soap Box Derby is an annual favorite! It is held Labor Day morning at 7 AM on Muggett Hill Road. Soap box racing began way back in 1933 in Dayton, Ohio when a bunch of kids raced against each other down a hill in cars made from pieces of scrap and junk from around the house. The first race cars were made out of wooden crates, sheet metal, wheels off a baby stroller and even REAL soap boxes. This event has been part of Old Home Day in Charlton for over 30 years.

The good thing about soap box racing is that you need to be both a good racer and a good builder. Kids should build their own cars. This means they can't just sit inside and watch while Dad does the work in the garage - but Dad or Mom can help! Soap Box Pre-Race Activity – there will be a mandatory derby car inspection.

Download the Soap Box Derby Application/Regulations Form or pick it up at the Charlton Public Library or Charlton Police Dept. For more information, call Paul Courville at 508-294-5527 or Jerry Doble at 508-234-0297.

Road Race

The Road Race is an annual Old Home Day event! It's a five mile run around the common area beginning at 9:00 AM. Spectators get a front row seat as the runners pass before them three times before they come back to the Common for the finish. For more information or to register, contact Sue Maly via email or visit the Charlton Road Race Website. Visit the Road Race Registration Page to register online, or download and print the form to register by mail.

Kids Run

The Kids Run is sponsored by the MOMS Club of Charlton & Southbridge. This fun run for ages 2 to 12 starts at 11:30 AM starts in front of the Town Hall and runs once around the Town Common. Visit the Road Race Registration Page and click the "Click Here for K-Run Form" button to download and print the form to register by mail. Sign-ups the morning of the run are accepted.

Craft Fair

In an effort to represent Charlton's historical past, we are seeking to include representations of Charlton's agricultural and historical past. The crafts persons wanted are: glass artists, potters, spinners, weavers, blacksmiths, metal artists, leather artists, candle makers, portrait artists, wood crafts, needle crafts, textile artists, hunting & fishing artists (makers of decoys, lures, & flies), toymakers, etc.

If you would like to participate, please complete a Craft Fair Application. There is a $25.00 fee. Craft Fair spaces are assigned. We have limited space. Preference is given to Charlton artisans of historical hand made crafts. Craft Fair questions may be answered by email or by writing to: The Charlton Old Home Day Craft Fair, Charlton Old Home Day Committee, 37 Main Street, Charlton, MA 01507.

Art Show

As a part of Old Home Day, the Charlton Cultural Council sponsors the Annual Art Show in the Town Hall from 10 AM to 3 PM on Labor Day. The fine work of local artists in various formats is on display, hanging on the walls, set on tripods or tables for all to enjoy. Artwork displayed in the past has included drawings, pastels, oil/acrylics, water color, sculptures, mixed media, digital and film photography, and computer enhanced graphic art photos.

Enter the Annual Art Show! Art Show Entry Forms must be submitted by August 29! Entries may also be brought to the Charlton Library.

Art work must be brought to the Town Hall Sunday evening, the day before Labor Day, between 6 PM and 7:30 PM wired and ready to display. Please include some identification (title) of the art work and your name with your submission.

Flower Show

The Charlton Garden Club was founded in 1937 by 12 women who had a passion for gardening. Over the years, the club has grown and has made multiple gardening contributions to the town. A yearly event is the planting of annuals on the town common. Most recently, the club donated and planted an ivory silk tree on the town common in celebration of their 75th anniversary.

The garden club welcomes new members. You do not need to be a master gardener, we welcome anyone with an interest in gardening. Come join us at the church and sign up to become a member. For more information, please visit us on the web at

The Charlton Garden Club will present its annual flower show in the lower part of Charlton Federated Church, 64 Main Street Charlton from 9 AM - 3 PM. All are welcome!

Frog Jumping Contest

Frog jumping was made famous in a short story by Mark Twain, "The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County." Held annually since 1928, a 1986 record jump of 21 feet, 5¾ inches still stands, set by Rosie the Ribeter.

Charlton has its own version of ‘Leaping Lizards’ where residents hunt for what they believe will be a great jumping frog in the local wetlands. Of course, great care is taken for their good health when bringing their friend to the contest. Frogs are placed on a tree stump and as fans patiently await, sometimes spurred on by clapping, the frog takes its giant leap. Measures are taken and judges tally the results to find the GREATEST JUMPER in Charlton. Come join the fun! Please see rules before proceeding.

Registration: 10:00 - 11:00 AM
Jump Off Time: 11:00 AM
Location: Mid - Charlton Town Common
Frog Jumping Contest Rules and Regulations

Contestants will be responsible to ensure that each frog is safely returned at the conclusion of the frog jumping contest to the respective location where it was caught.


The bigger, the better! We invite everyone to participate in the parade. We hope to see:
  • Decorated Power Wheels/Doll Carriages/Bikes/Wagons: This is especially fun for younger children! Encourage your child to decorate their doll carriage, bike, wagon (or other vehicle) and join the parade. Children will gather at the Charlton Market parking lot approximately 1 hour before the parade to have their decorated entries judged. Then, they will join the parade at approximately the half-way point. Polka Dot the Clown will be on hand to organize children at Charlton Market at 3:00 PM.
  • Floats: Organizations (including churches) will enter floats - floats may be as elaborate as a decorated flat-bed or as simple as any interesting, decorated vehicle. The more colorful, the better. A little music is always nice.
  • Marching units: Perhaps your organizations could form a special drill team for the occasion?
  • Equestrian units: Horses help to make a parade. Let's see more of Charlton's finest!
  • Automobiles: If you have an interesting older or classic car, show us! Perhaps you would like to provide transportation for a dignitary?
  • Costumed characters: If you are not afraid to entertain the citizens of Charlton by appearing in a special costume, come and walk the parade!
Please call Cathy Kuehl at 508-248-6383 if you want to participate in the parade in any way. Cathy is very creative and full of ideas. She will have you in that parade!

Invite to Crafters, Commercial Vendors, Non-Profit Vendors for a Booth

Old Home Day Brochure and Schedule of Events

Map of the Common

OHD Road Closures

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