Weekend at a glance: Farmer’s Market, HarvestFest, Pumpkin Stroll and Heritage Day festivities

Above: There’s a lot happening in Town over the long weekend as Southborough celebrates its heritage. But there are also unrelated events on Saturday. Here is a roundup of all the info you need to enjoy it.

Heritage Day is almost here and 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 6, 2018

Fay School Farmers Market is on again from 10:00 am – 1:00 pm. Expect to find local produce, prepared food, and handmade goods by local vendors, as well as crafts for children, games, and musical performances by Fay students and faculty members. This week’s theme is Carnival – with Face Painting and Carnival Games. (Click here to learn more.)

The Southborough Library’s flood didn’t put a stop to their new Saturday Chess Program for players ages 12+ who are interested in learning beginner chess skills this fall. That’s in the upper level from 2:00 – 4:00 pm. (Click here to learn more.)

Sunday, October 7, 2018:

HarvestFest Chestnut Hill Farm 2018The Trustees of Reservations is holding its 4th annual harvest festival at Chestnut Hill Farm from 10:00 am – 3:00 pm. HarvestFest will include farm related fun, live music, farm animals, crafts and games, local vendors and food, face painting, and more family friendly activities. They’ll also offer opportunity to decorate/carve pumpkins for that night. (Click here to learn more.)

Later, head downtown to drop off your jack ‘o lanterns on the stone wall along Common Street from 4:00 – 6:00 pm. (It’s also a good time to drop off your donations to their food drive – cereal and clam chowder.)

Pumpkin StrollThen stay or come back for the Pumpkin Stroll, 6:00 – 9:00 pm. The display starts by the library, just past the Southborough Rotary Club’s table where they’ll be collecting for the above mentioned food drive. (You can also count on them for some refreshments.)

The lit display proceeds past the cemetery to the top of the hill then around the corner onto St. Mark’s Street. (Click here to learn more.)

Monday, October 8, 2018:

Friends of the Library Book Sale (photo by Beth Melo)The Southborough Library opens its Book and Bake Sale 9:00 am, while across the street on St. Mark’s field, exhibitors are still setting up their booths. Swing by the library for an early morning treat – like a slice of pumpkin bread (then come back later for a cookie). Take advantage of book sale offers like “One free book per child” and stuff-a-bag deals. It runs until 3:00 pm. (Click here to read more about this year’s details and our call for help.)

This year, the Southborough Historical Museum will be open to host activities beginning at 9:00 am. Those will include:

  • Southborough Historical MuseumMysteries of the Past Game (9:00 am – 1:00 pm. Winners announced at 2:00 pm – with a $250 prize.)
  • A self-guided tour of the recently restored Old Burial Ground
  • Brand new exhibits at the Museum

The museum is up the hill off of Common Street and St. Mark’s Street, behind Pilgrim Church. (Click here to learn more.)
The main action is on St. Mark's field
At 9:30 am, the booths open. (Expect community organizations pitching their causes/raising funds, vendors selling fun wares and lots of food, plus fun activities to draw you in as you pass by.)

2014 Heritage Day Parade Also at 9:30 am, community organizations and kids convene at St. Anne’s to organize for the Town’s big annual parade.

The Parade march begins at 10:00 am and heads from Boston Road to East Main Street, turning the corner around St. Mark’s field. (For drop-off details, click here.)

Knights of Columbus Soccer Challenge (image cropped from contest rules)10:00 am – 1:00 pm is the free Knight of Columbus Soccer Challenge for 9-14 year olds. (Click here to learn more.)

Action on the field will get busy around 10:30 am – 2:30 pm with free entertainment:
Inflatable obstacle course

  • Inflatable Obstacle Course
  • Moonwalk
  • Photo Booth

Fire Station Open HouseAt 11:00 am, the Fire Station holds its Open House until 2:00 pm. This year, that includes an invitation to sign a beam that will be part of the new combined police and fire station. (Click here for more on that.)

(Note: The SFD open house is always with the warning that they could be called away for an emergency. But that hasn’t been a problem yet.)

Pie eating contestNoon is time for Boy Scout Troop 92’s pie eating contest at their booth. (Click here a post from last year describing the contest.)

At 2:30 pm, Skyrise Children’s Theater’s all star child cast will perform another musical parody for the public. That takes place in Pilgrim Church’s Fellowship Hall, 15 Common Street.

Skyrise Theater performance at Heritage Day in 2014 (from Facebook)(This year, the show is “The Grunch, a story about how a 6th grader almost steals the show, literally!”)

At 3:00 pm, Exhibitors close up shop.

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3 years ago

I absolutely love Heritage Day weekend in Southborough and the Pumpkin lighting is my favorite event. However, I was dismayed this year to see that my battery operated lights that were in my pumpkins disappeared this year! I know others experienced the same thing. I went to pick up my pumpkin and the lights were gone. It’s not that the lights are terribly expensive but I do like to use them for several years. I guess next year I will need to go back to real candles….

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