Brookline Old Home Days offers 3 days of fun

BROOKLINE – We don’t know for sure, but Brookline’s Old Home Days, coming up the weekend after Labor Day, may be the biggest old home days in the town’s history.

The three days of family activities are on Sept. 5-7 and include carnival rides, bungee jumping, a trampoline, a climbing wall and a vendor fair open to all regional businesses and crafters.

There will also be a New England volleyball tournament, activities for young children, a fire truck and police car.

To increase attendance this year, the town moved the festivities after Labor Day, when more families will be around, Town Administrator Tad Putney said. To increase the size, it waived vendor fees.

The Brookline Recreation Commission is organizing the annual event, and the fun starts Friday with the carnival from 6-10 p.m.

Saturday is the busiest day, with the carnival, concerts – “a whole host of different bands” – going on from 11 a.m.-10 p.m., Putney said.

There will be many more vendors this year – two or three dozen, because there are no fees, and they’ll be there from 10 a.m. through the afternoon.

Also, from noon-3 p.m. Saturday, representatives from various town departments will be on hand – Putney, for example, will be explaining recycling and the transfer station’s operations – along with local organizations, including the Lions Club and PTO “to mix and mingle” with residents and answer questions.

From 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, the New England Girls Beach Volleyball Tournament will be played in the sand courts constructed at the Brookline Ball Park earlier this year. Four of the top 10 ranked girls beach volleyball players are from Brookline, Putney said.

Grandparents Day is Sunday, with a picnic at noon that includes a marching band and jazz. Bring beach chairs and beach balls for the picnic.

Concession stands will be open all three days.

Kathy Cleveland can be reached at 673-3100, ext. 304, or