Heritage Day 2013: What you need to know

Above: You can always count on scouts to have a big presence in the Heritage Day Parade
(Photo by Susan Fitzgerald)

I’m signing off for the long weekend. But first. . .

Here is the information you need to enjoy the weekend’s Heritage Day festivities.

For my post dedicated to activities planned at booths, click here.

Southborough Recreation’s website has parade maps, information for participants and schedule.

For my schedule further describing the day’s activities, see below.

To read a story by The Metrowest Daily News about the history of the town’s tradition, click here. (This year marks the 40th time the town has celebrated a “Heritage Day” in some form. It was first held in 1967 with a hiatus 1977-1983.)

While you’re enjoying the events, take a few pictures. Then send them to me. I’ll be posting photos on Tuesday.  I’d love to include some reader contributions.

15th Annual Light-Up Southborough – Sunday, October 13, 2013

Sponsored by Southborough Rotary Club

4:00 – 6:00 pm – Pumpkin Drop-off in front of Library

7:00 – 9:00 pm – Pumpkin Lighting & Viewing

For more information, see my dedicated post.

Heritage Day – Monday, October 14, 2013

Activities running from 9:00 am to 3:30 pm

9:00 am The Friends of the Southborough Library Book and Bake Sale with free Starbucks coffee! (Mild or bold while supplies last.) They will also offer one free book per child. Takes place in Library’s parking lot and downstairs meeting rooms until 3:00 pm.

9:30 am  St. Marks Field booths and vendors open at corner of Route 30 & Route 85. (Setup begins at 7:30 am, breakdown is scheduled for 3:30 pm.) A lot of community groups have some great activities planned for their booths this year.

10:00 am Annual Heritage Day Parade begins from St. Anne’s Church, down route 30, then turning right at the corner of 85 and heading to St. Mark’s Street. (Pickup and dropoff has changed this year. No parking at St. Anne’s and no pickup at corner of 30 & 85. Participants and parents, please click here for details.)

10:30 am – 1:30 pm Moonwalk for Children at St. Mark’s Field

10:45 am – 2:00 pm Test drive a Robot: Community House lower parking lot. A demonstration will be held by Algonquin Regional High School Robotics Team. The team will show off robots that can shoot basketballs, traverse mazes, and more. The team told me, “Kids of any age will have chance to test drive one.”

11:00 am – 1:00 pm Live Music at the Gazebo featuring: Hit the Bus (While you’re listening, you can sign up for the Pie Eating Contest.)

11:00 am – 2:00 pm Fire Department Open House – This year they will feature a display of the district’s specialty equipment (e.g., Westborough Fire Dept’s dive rescue vehicle). They also hope to run traditional open house activities, like the fire hose target practice. (Note: Activities depend on the number of volunteers and may be cancelled if they need to respond to an emergency)

11:30 am possible Life Flight helicopter landing on the north side of St. Mark’s Field (This may be cancelled or postponed due to landing conditions or emergency calls.)

12:30 – 1:00 pm Dance Performance & Instruction on Community House Lawn, featuring: Brown Badmaash, South Asian Fusion Dance Team. Their site describes “Our pieces interweave South Asian and Western dance styles, breaking down the boundaries between existing forms of dance and showcasing the musical power of fusion. Bhangra, hiphop, garba/raas, lyrical, bharatanatyam, salsa, Bollywood, breakdancing — you name the dance style, and we have someone working on tying it into our next performance.”

2:30 pm Pie Eating Contest (Stop by the Gazebo earlier that day for sign ups. Competition will be split by age group.)

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