Heritage Day: Community booths offering fun for kids, prizes, life-saving information, and yummy treats for good causes

Above: St. Mark’s Field is the place to be on Heritage Day. Be sure to swing by booths promoting important community organizations. Or use the opportunity to “buy local”. (Photo by Susan Fitzgerald)

I already shared the schedule for Heritage Day this year. But there is more to the day than parades and scheduled entertainment.

Every year, the St. Mark’s field teems with residents. They make their way through vendors, including small local businesses, selling their wares and promoting services.

It’s the perfect time for community organizations to do outreach.

Some of these groups provided their plans for the day. They have a lot of fun in store and important information to share.

If you will be out on the field on Monday, be sure to swing by their booths.


Algonquin Nets for Life
This charity was founded by students last year to provide nets to Africa to help prevent the spread of malaria. Their funds will be channeled through NothingButNets. They are planning:

  • Face painting
  • Bake sale
  • Selling charity wrist bands in ARHS colors
  • And, of course, they will be happy to accept direct donations

Around the Clock Home Healthcare
They will be raising funds for the Southborough Senior Center, through:

  • Basked Raffle for (themes – Family Movie/Game night basket and Fall Goodies).
  • Bake sale

Bigelow Center for the Arts
They will offer a free children’s craft: printing and painting on fabric to create bookmarks.

Boy Scouts – Troop 92
The troop will be taking up three booths this year for community outreach as well as fundraising. Their plans include:

  • Water balloons for  kids behind their booths. (Adults may want to side step that area!)
  • Educating residents on a combination of emergency preparedness steps families can take both for avoiding accidents at home and for dealing with severe storms or events.
  • Sharing information on recent Eagle Scout projects that benefited the town.
  • Rasing funds through their annual popcorn sales.

Boy Scouts – Troop 1
The troop will be asking Southborough residents to sign up for home energy audits.  There is no cost to the homeowner and a contribution is made by the auditor, Sagewell, for each resident that registers.

The Breakneck Hill Cow Fund

  • They will have some animals for kids to visit –probably their Milking Devons and possibly some chicken.
  • They will be selling t-shirts and promoting their annual Family Farm Day fundraiser, coming up in November.

The Southborough Gardeners
They will be conducting outreach and fundraising this year through their “Pumpkin Patch” booth. Proceeds from the sales will go toward town beautification. Plans include:

  • Selling homemade whoopee pies, in both pumpkin and chocolate flavors
  • Selling gourds and small pumpkins to decorate your home and holiday table
  • Answering questions about gardening and decorating for the holidays
  • Explaining their projects, town beautification and scholarship opportunities

The Southborough Historical Society
The Southborough Historical Society has expanded to two booths this year. All proceeds go to the Historical Society whose mission includes helping cover the costs of the Museum, building and an ever-expanding archive.  (Some plans are weather dependent.) Plans include:

  • Display of example historical items from our museum and archives
  • Selling Heritage Day T-Shirts and other merchandise
  • A spin-wheel offering participants chances at great prizes
  • Raffling off a grand prize (iPad/iPod).

The Friends of the Southborough Library
In addition to the Book and Bake Sale across the street (with free Starbucks coffee), the Friends will have a booth on the field. This year, the booth will be a second location for:

  • Bake sale
  • Sales of book bags (and option to pre-pay for stuffing the bag with books across the street a the Library Book sale.)
  • Selling children’s reading and writing materials
  • Signing up members to support the library

If your organization missed getting me your information, feel free to post it in a comment below.

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10 years ago

Could you post a link to the schedule,. can’t seem to find it.

Southborough Open Land Foundation
10 years ago

Stop by to look through the SOLF materials and to talk about open space.
Buy some of the new SOLF t-shirts and hats.
Pick up a reminder about the Fundraising Night to be held at Romaine’s in Northboro on Nov. 12th. Details on http://www.solf.org.
Pick up complimentary coasters for your car drink holders.
Volunteer to help SOLF on their activities.

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