Heritage Day weekend: Save the date and start making plans

by beth on September 23, 2016

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Above: Heritage Day is one of Southborough’s most popular community gatherings. (2014 photos by Beth Melo)

This year, Heritage Day falls on Monday, October 10 with festivities the day and evening before. Make sure to save the dates.

For those of you unfamiliar, Heritage Day is the the annual town celebration of our community. While it honors the town’s history, it is rooted in the present, bringing together different segments of the community.

The parade lets organizations toot their own horn. Exhibit booths on St. Mark’s Field allow them to reach out to the community. And local vendors get a chance to show their wares or promote their message.

Adding to the fun are a kids’ pie eating contest, moonwalk, inflatable obstacle course, photo booth, live music, ARHS robotics, a scarecrow display, children’s theater, and a soccer challenge.

Festivities were traditionally kicked off after dark the night before. But last year, Chestnut Hill Farm entered the scene with a pre-Heritage Day Festival. They are repeating that on Sunday, October 9th from 10:00 am – 4:00 pm. (Stay tuned for more details.)

And St. Mark’s Church is also joining the Sunday fun. They are inviting the community to join them for a dinner that evening at 5:30 pm. (Once again, stay tuned for more.)

The dinner is meant to fill the gap for families participating in the Rotary Club’s 18th Annual Light-Up Southborough event. (You may know it as “the pumpkin wall”.)

Lit pumpkins are displayed on the stone wall running from the Southborough Library, up the street towards Town Hall.  The pumpkins are carved and submitted by residents in the afternoon for display that evening.

20160923heritage_day_flyerThe  parade starts at 10am on Monday from St. Anne’s Church. Among the vehicles and organizations you can expect the the Algonquin & Trottier School Marching Bands.

Other annual features include The Friends of the Southborough Library’s Book and Bake Sale at the library (9:00 am – 3:00 pm) and an Open House at the Fire Department (11:00 am – 2:00 pm).

I’ll be sharing many more details as the event gets closer. So stay tuned.

In the meantime, you can find the day’s schedule here.

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