Old Home Day Committee
37 Main Street
Charlton, MA 01507
P: 508-294-5800 (Brent)
Agenda - May 23, 3:30 PM
Old Home Day Committee Members
Brent Sellew, Chair
Cathy Kuehl, Chair for Parade
|Old Home Day Committee
The Old Home Day Committee is responsible for planning Charlton's annual Old Home Day traditionally held on Labor Day Monday.
Old Home Day Meetings: August 23, 2012 at 3 PM in the Senior Center.
The 115th Old Home Day will be celebrated on
Monday, September 3, 2012!
2012 Old Home Day Committee Award Winners
Citizen of the Year: Rev. James E. Chase for his 25 years as pastor of The Federated Church of Charlton and for his service to the wider community.
Community Service Awards - Individual:
Young Adults Community Service Award: Leanne Tremblay of Shepherd Hill Regional High School
- Mary Jane Gillespie
- Kathy Simons
- Rob Larson
- Fred Wendt
- Joan Wilbur
- Ron LeBlanc
OHD 2012 Activities and Events
The Charlton Old Home Day festivities are just around the corner. The dates for the Old Home Day weekend celebration are Saturday, September 1st through Labor Day on Monday, Sept. 3. We have more booths than last year already filled, but there are still available for late registrations. We have set a deadline for applications as August 28, 2012.
Local non-profit groups have an excellent opportunity to get a little exposure and present their mission to the people in town. The best public relations arise from the personal contact among all our fellow townsfolk. Our committee looks forward to an active and exciting Labor Day and we hope you will be able to join us. Help is always needed for this busy weekend, and any assistance you may be able to offer would be greatly appreciated. Email us if there are any questions or ideas that you can pass along.
Booths will be open to the public from 9:00 A.M. to 4:00 P.M. Vendor canopies may be set up on Sunday from 1:00 5:00 PM the night before the big event, or, from 6:30 A.M. to 8:30 A.M. on Monday morning.
Included in the planned activities will be a Concert on Saturday, followed by a Fireworks display. Sunday will mark the Alumni celebration dinner and on Labor Day, plans are in the works for a Craft Fair, Art Show, Flower Show, Car Show, Lumberjack Contest, Hay Bale Throwing Contest, Pirate Re-enactment, Grizzly Adams Photo Op and a Frog Jumping Contest. 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.
Monday morning will feature the Annual Soap Box Derby as well as the Annual Charlton Road Race, which in the past has had over 350 runners. During the day, Bands and Singers will fill the air with music to entertain the guests. The finale of the day will include community awards for citizenship as well as the Grand Parade through Charlton Center.
All are welcome to enjoy the FREE entertainment and take part in the spirit of the community.
See the complete listing and the guide map to help you navigate through all the events of the day. Come join with your family for some wonderful memories!
Download the Old Home Day Event Schedule (tentative)
Download the Map of the Common
Enter the 34nd Annual Art Show! Art Show Entry Forms must be submitted by Friday, August 26th! Entries may also be brought to the Charlton Library.
Bike or Run to Old Home Day
Tired of searching for a parking space on Old Home Day and walking a mile back to your car after the parade? Ride your bicycle and bring those running shoes! Quality Physical Therapy will be on hand for any safety questions you might have about your gear.
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
Classic Car Show
Friends of Charlton Animal Shelter (FOCAS) presents Hot Rods for Homeless Animals in conjunction with Charlton's Old Home Day!
Smokin' Hot Cars, Trucks, and Tricked Out Bikes will be just one of the Charlton Old Home Day highlights! FOCAS is again hosting a Classic Car Show to raise money for the new Municipal Animal Shelter in Charlton!! The homeless dogs and cats in town need your support!
Register Day of the Event! Suggested Donation: $10 per car, truck, and/or bike. Start Time: 10:30 AM - 11 AM with trophies awarded at 3:00 PM. No trophy entries after 11:30 AM. 1st Place Trophies For: Best Stock, Best Classic, Best Antique, and Best Motorcycle!
Join FOCAS as we celebrate Charlton’s Old Home Day! For info, entry form, posters, and/or questions about the Car Show visit www.focascharlton.org.
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.
Decorated 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.
Fireworks and Concert
Saturday, September 1, 2012 starting at 7 PM: The Charlton Firefighters Association is sponsoring a huge fireworks display to be held at 9 PM on the grounds of the Overlook Hotel on Masonic Home Road. The evening will kick off at 7 PM with a concert by the band Optical Drive, food vendors and, of course, the fireworks. The band Optical Drive plays great Classic Rock and Country music with members Kent Davey (Lead Guitar), Rob Honohan, (Rhythm Guitar), Larry "Butch" McDonald (Bass Guitar), Steve Lavoie (Drums), and Gary Peck (Lead Vocals). For a family night out come and join in the celebration by spreading a blanket to sit on the rolling lawns of the Overlook eating hot dogs, hamburgers and popcorn, and street dancing while listening to the free entertainment. The Charlton Firefighters Association is a non-profit organization.
The Charlton Garden Club will present its annual flower show in the lower part of Charlton Federated Church, 64 Main Street Charlton. All are welcome!
Frog Jumping Contest
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.
Lumber Jack Contest
Registration: 10:00 - 11:00 AM
Start Time: 11:00 AM sharp!
Calling all lumber jacks!
Chain Saw - 2 cut timed: Bring your own chain saw! 3 classes: up to 55 cc, 55 cc - 75 cc, 75cc and up (umlimited)
Two Man or Woman Buck Saw Competition
Contestants needed for both categories!
Call Brent Sellew for details - (508) 294-5800.
Trophies will be awarded!
The bigger, the better! We invite everyone to participate in the parade. We hope to see:
Please call Cathy Kuehl at 508-248-6383 if you want to participate in the parade in anyway. Cathy is very creative and full of ideas. She will have you in that parade!
- Floats: Organizations (including churches) will enter floats - floats may be as elaborate as a decorated flat-bed or as simple as any interesting, decorate 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!
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. For more information or to register, contact Rob Thomas at 508-248-1585 or via email or visit the Charlton Road Race Website. Ready to run? Download a Road Race Entry Form.
Soap Box Derby
The Soap Box Derby is an annual favorite! It is held Labor Day morning at 7:30 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 crap and junk from around the house. There 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!
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 Timothy Smith at 774-230-4895.
Soap Box Derby Pre-Race Activities
- Mandatory derby car inspection: Saturday, Sept. 1, 2012 from 8 AM - 12 PM at 4 Dresser Hill (Community Arts Center)
OHD Events Schedule (tentative)
Map of the Common
Mandatory Derby Car Inspection: Saturday, Sept. 1, 2012 from 8 AM - 12 PM at 4 Dresser Hill (Community Arts Center)
Get your picture taken with a Grizzly Bear and Grizzly Adams
Forms and Documents
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OHD Photo Galleries