Heritage Day Weekend at a glance: Golf for ALS One; Pumpkin Stroll and After Party; and Heritage Day parade, sales and activities (Updated with activity map)

by beth on October 11, 2019

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Above: The biggest happening of the long weekend is the annual parade. But there’s a lot taking place before and after in celebration of Heritage Day.

The weekend is off to a dreary start. Fortunately, the forecast is looking up for a beautiful Pumpkin Stroll and Heritage Day. I’m rounding up all you need to know. But first, there are two unrelated happenings this Saturday. So, here’s the full slate of weekend activities:

Saturday, October 12, 2019 

  • Golf for ALS One @ Southborough Golf Club: The public is invited to come out to golf and support ALS research and care. The greens fees will be reduced to $5 over Heritage Day weekend. Golfers have the option to pay the regular full fees with the extra going to ALS One. (Additional donations are also welcome.) For details, see dedicated post.
  • Fay School Farmers Market (10:00 am – 1:00 pm) @ Harlow Circle in front of Fay’s Primary School, 25 Middle Rd: Each market will feature local produce, prepared food, and handmade goods by local vendors. The school has updated its description of activities for kids this week, “Celebrate fall with a special pumpkin painting craft and apple cider. The Girl Scouts will be at the market with a catapult-making activity for children.” For details, see dedicated post.
  • Plastic Reduction Workshop (2:30 – 3:30 pm) @ Southborough Library, Eaton Room: Learn about the effects climate change and pollution is having on our planet in an interesting and fun way. For details, see dedicated post.

Sunday, October 13, 2019

  • Golf for ALS One @ Southborough Golf Club: The public is invited to come out to golf and support ALS research and care. The greens fees will be reduced to $5 over Heritage Day weekend. Golfers have the option to pay the regular full fees with the extra going to ALS One. (Additional donations are also welcome.) For details, see dedicated post.
  • Drop-off for Pumpkin Stroll (2:00 – 4:00 pm) @ in front of the Southborough Library: Drop off your decorated pumpkins with Southborough Rotary for the 21s Annual jack o’ lantern display. The Rotary is also collecting boxes of crackers and bottles of condiments for the Southborough Food Pantry. For details, see dedicated post.
  • Pumpkin Stroll (4:00 – 6:00 pm) @ Old Burial Grounds: Southborough Rotary Club’s 21st annual pre-Heritage Day celebration. The community is invited to view pumpkins lined up on the stone wall. The jack-o-lanterns are decorated and contributed by residents of all ages earlier in the day. This year, Rotary is asking people to donate boxes of crackers and bottles of condiments for the Southborough Food Pantry. Light refreshments will be served. For details, see dedicated post.
  • After Party (5:00 – 7:00 pm) @ Pilgrim Church Fellowship Hall: The Pilgrim Congregational Church Fellowship Committee invites attendees of the Pumpkin Stroll, “keep walking right into Fellowship Hall to gather with friends and neighbors. All are welcome to warm up with cider and donuts while getting into the Pumpkin Spice season!”  

Heritage Day – Monday, October 14, 2019 

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Due to the Columbus Day holiday, government offices, facilities, and public schools will be closed.

With so many new activities at Heritage Day this year, I thought a map would be helpful. You can find all of the activities (except for golfing) on the map right.

  • Golf for ALS One @ Southborough Golf Club: The public is invited to come out to golf and support ALS research and care. The greens fees will be reduced to $5 over Heritage Day weekend. Golfers have the option to pay the regular full fees with the extra going to ALS One. (Additional donations are also welcome.) For details, see dedicated post.
  • Friends of the Library Book Sale (photo by Beth Melo)Friends of Southborough Library Sale (9:00 am – 3:00 pm) @ Southborough Library parking lot: The annual big used book sale and bake sale. This year, there will also be a table selling art and science kits for children. Proceeds support The Friends of the Southborough Library’s efforts to help fund library resources and events. Each child is entitled to one free book Stuff a bag sale – Bring your old Friends’ tote bag and stuff it for $10. Or buy a new one and stuff it with books for $20. If you are contributing to the bake sale, you can drop off beginning at 8:00 am that morning (or during library hours on Saturday). For details, see dedicated post.
  • SHS’ Fancy Flea (9:00 am – 3:00 pm) @ Pilgrim Church Fellowship Hall: This “Antique/Vintage/Craft Market” is a fundraiser for the Southborough Historical Society. SHS will be selling donated items and duplicates from its historical collection (including “rare” items from the Deerfoot Farms collection). Plus numerous private vendors will be selling their own vintage and antique items. The indoor sale is rain or shine. For details, see dedicated post.
  • 2014 Heritage Day Parade Heritage Day Parade (10:00 am): Almost every group in town marches in the big annual parade – scouts, youth sports, school bands, community groups, town official, veterans and more. Lineup begins at 9:30 am in the St. Anne’s Church parking lot. Participants march down the drive, turn right onto Boston Road, then left to Main Street past the St Mark’s School’s field – corner of Rte 30 & 85 – and right to end at Marlboro Road. (Lots of marchers toss candy to the onlookers lined along the streets on the way.)
  • The main action is on St. Mark's fieldActivities on the Field (10:00 am – 3:00 pm) @ St. Mark’s field  (the corner of Routes 85& 30): The field is the hub of Heritage Day activities with about 80 tents and booths. Expect vendors selling wares, businesses and community groups promoting themselves, and lots of fundraising booths. Free fun includes inflatables and a photo booth.
  • Knights of Columbus Soccer Challenge (image cropped from contest rules)Knight of Columbus Soccer Challenge (10:00 am – 1:00 pm) @ St. Mark’s field. Free penalty shot contest for 9-14 year old boys and girls. The highest scorers can progress to the district level competitions. For details, see dedicated post.
  • Pie eating contestPie Eating Contest (12:00 pm) @ St. Mark’s Field: Free annual contest run by Troop 92 on St. Mark’s Field – sign up by 11:30 am.  Contestants are challenged to be the first to fully devour the contents of his/her individual sized Table Top Pie tin. No hands are allowed.
  • SCAC’s indoor Arts & Crafts Fair (10:00 am – 2:00 pm) @ Southborough Community House, 28 Main Street: Sponsored by the Southborough Cultural Arts Council. The fair will feature local artists selling jewelry, paintings, knit goods, note cards and more. The popular band “A Good Time” will play on the porch from 12-2. For details, see dedicated post.
  • images cropped from SHS Antique Car Show promoSHS’ Classic Car show (10:00 am – 3:00 pm) @ Southborough Historical Museum parking lot, 25 Common Street: Hosted by the Southborough Historical Society: Following the parade, classic British and American automobiles will be parked outside the museum for viewing. For details, see dedicated post.
  • Southborough Historical MuseumSHS’ Museum Open House (10:00 am – 3:00 pm) @ Southborough Historical Museum, 25 Common Street: The museum will be open showcasing its new exhibit: Southborough Through Time. Follow the changes of Southborough from 1830-1964 in a serious of spectacular maps. For details, see dedicated post.
Heritage Day map 2019

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Updated (10/13/19 9:15 am): I created a map showing the parade route and all of Monday’s Heritage Day activities (except for golf, which is obviously over at the golf course!)

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