Old Home Days: Community plus homecoming
Friday, August 30, 2013
BROOKLINE – The New England tradition of old home days started in the late 1800s as a way to draw back young people who moved away for better paying jobs and better farmland in other parts of the country.
Now, small towns hold the celebrations to foster a sense of community and just for fun.
Brookline’s four-day Old Home Days were spread over four days last week, with concerts, a carnival, vendors, a dunk tank and the Women’s Club’s traditional Blueberry Bash, selling homemade blueberry desserts.
John and Jan Noble moved to Brookline from upstate New York in June and were there Saturday with their two young children, Maggie, 6, and Bradley, 7, who are looking forward to the start of school and making new friends.
John Noble tried the carnival’s mechanical bull – the first time ever on such a device – and was quickly bucked off.
And that wasn’t the only excitement.
“Bradley dunked one of the selectmen” earlier in the day in the dunk tank, John said.
Also at Old Home Days were Judy and Peter Bennett and their daughter, Sarah, her husband, Ed Baker, and their two children. Sarah and Ed came from California to attend the wedding of Sarah’s sister, Kimberly.
The town is getting ready for its 250th anniversary in 2019, and the Brookline History Committee – which will publish an update of the 1914 town history – had a booth that included a timeline of town history people could add to, and pictures and articles for people to look at.
They were scheduled to be joined by Sandy Messore, who is making a quilt for Brookline’s 250th anniversary to be hung in the Historical Society Barn. In addition to making panels for the quilt featuring photos from Brookline’s present and past, Messore is collecting signature panels for the border.
The committee is looking for volunteer help and welcomes loans or donations of postcards, family scrapbooks or old publications. Contact Chairman Keith Thompson at 769-0732 or email BrooklineHistoryCommittee@gmail.com.