Wilton Old Home Days – A week-long celebration

WILTON – Every five years, residents spend a week celebrating Old Home Days. This year the event coincides with the town’s 275th anniversary and will be observed from Saturday Aug. 16 through Sunday Aug. 24.

The grand parade theme is “275 Years of Neighbors Helping Neighbors.” Grand Marshalls are three long-time residents: Charlie McGettigan, Stan Young and Allan “Rollie” Jowders. Between them, they represent just about those 275 years.

From opening ceremonies on the 16th through the closing ceremonies on Aug. 24, the week includes a wide variety of activities with something for all ages. Included are a softball game, (4th annual police vs. firemen); chicken barbecues, a firemen’s parade and muster; music every evening at Whiting Park, horseshoes, a mystery theater at the Congregational Church, open studios at Riverview Mill, 2-mile walk/fun run, martial arts, antique autos, and a dog parade and agility demonstration.

All events are free but donations of non-
perishable food to The Open Cupboard Pantry would be greatly appreciated. There will be bins for donations at Whiting Park.

Other events include a scavenger hunt, hay rides, and class reunions.

Most events take place in Whiting Park.

For information call Gary Crooker at 654-9837 (crooks@tellink.net) or Don Condon at 654-2195 (patdon1278@tds.net).


Saturday, Aug. 16

10 a.m.: BMX Bike Show

11a.m.: Children’s parade

1 p.m.: Battle of the Badges softball game at Carnival Hill

4 p.m.: Dog parade and agility

5-7 p.m.: Chicken barbecue at the Unitarian Red House, Wilton Center

7:30 p.m.: Opening ceremonies

8 p.m.: Street dance

Sunday, Aug. 17

9 a.m.: breakfast sponsored by Clinton Lodge #52, F&AM

10 a.m.: Disc golf at the high school course

10:30: WJAA Youth activities

Noon: Firemen’s parade

1P.m.: Firemen’s muster

3 p.m.: band concert with The Miners.

Monday, Aug. 18

6:30 p.m.: Former
selectmen invited to a meeting of the current board.

7 p.m.: Band Concert with Brickyard Blues

Tuesday, Aug. 19

5:30 p.m.: Band concert with Hollis Town Band

6 p.m.: Flag retirement ceremony followed by open house at American Legion Post 10

7 p.m.: Bingo sponsored by Fire Department Co. 1

Wednesday, Aug. 20

6 p.m.: WFD Old Timers Picnic on the fire station lawn

7 p.m.: Band concert with Will Kindler and Corey Pelkey

7 p.m.: Author Quincy Abbot speaking at the Public Library

Thursday, Aug. 21

8 a.m.: 8th annual WOHD golf tournament, Townsend Ridge Golf Course

6 p.m.: Antique auto show; DJ (50s and 60s)

Friday, Aug. 22

6 p.m.: Div. C and Women’s horseshoe tournament

7-11: Library Talent Night

7 p.m.: Murder Mystery Dinner Theater, 2nd Congregational Church

Saturday, Aug. 23

10 a.m.: Old Home Days Parade

11 a.m.: Division B horseshoe tournament

Noon: Chicken barbecue

Noon: Band concert with Temple Band, Mad Bavarians, and Studio Two- tribute to the Beatles

8 p.m.- midnight: Dance featuring “the Nines.”

Sunday, Aug. 24

9:30 a.m.: 2 mile walk/fun run; entry fee is a food donation

10 a.m.: Division A horseshoe tournament

Noon- 7p.m.: Music Festival featuring Sheepdip, Murphy’s Blues, and Project Mess

1 p.m.: Martial arts demonstration

4-6 p.m.: Senior dinner

7:30 p.m.: Closing Ceremonies, 2nd Congregational Church.