Photo is of the 1860 Wilmington Agricultural Society broadsheet that will be auctioned off as part of the Silent Auction.
Who will be the lucky person to take this home?
Remember - Old Home Week is for everyone whether you grew up here, just moved here or just plain love the town!
Through-out Old Home Week - Check the Calendar for times
The WILMINGTON WALL and Business, Family and Historical Displays
These displays will be in the music room of the Old School.
The Wilmington Wall (formerly called the Memory Wall and Welcome Wall) was started in 2010 as a way of honoring our citizens, past and present as well as our new and long-time businesses, organizations and other Historical Displays. The Wall will be located in the Old School Community Center at the lower level in the Music Room.
Honor your special family member or friend who has died since the last Old Home Week with a simple labeled photo (in a frame ready to hang) or more elaborate; a full labeled display with cherished photos. Whether they were born here, used to live here, or just loved Wilmington we would love to honor them. Family trees, old or new photos, a small artifact that celebrates your family or friend are all acceptable.
We are also welcoming babies born and new families to the Valley. Moms, Dads, Grandparents - gather those adorable faces for everyone to see and enjoy. Celebrate your move to the Valley with a photo and labeled where you moved from and why you love Wilmington.
Celebrate a family, business or organizations new or old with a display. You might be one of the oldest businesses in Wilmington or you are new since the last Old Home Week. Show our Old Home week attendees about your business or your group, the history, why you chose Wilmington, etc. If your family has been here for generations how about a family tree?
Please bring your labeled photos at the Old School Community Center on Thursday between 4-7 or Friday from 9-11. You MUST pick up your photos and/or displays on Sunday between 12:30 and 3. Check the calendar for viewing times. For further informations contact Gretchen Havreluk at email@example.com or (802) 779-2905
SILENT AUCTION - Local artists and crafters have donated 25 items to be auctioned off to help defray expenses and give you a chance to own something from our talented present and former citizens. You will be able to bid on paintings, photography, glass, pressed flowers, quilting and more. Also included in the Auction is a restored broadsheet from the 1860 Wilmington Fair - see above. It is bound to linen and framed and will be a treasure in someone's home or office. You will be able to bid on items through-out OHW but bidding stops Saturday afternoon at 3:30 so don't miss out! We are not accepting bids on-line - you will need to do it in person or send a friend to bid for you.
The display of the artwork will be in the music room of the Old School. See the poster at the very bottom of this page for just a few of the items you can bid on.
THE TRAIL COMMITTEE has some great special activities for all ages and abilities during OHW!
Stop by Memorial Hall and get all the information you need! They have a brochure that gives you all the details.
-Story Book Walk on the Beaver Brook Trail for families and kiddos - starts at Buzzy Towne Park
-Geocache with AWESOME PRIZES on the Hoot Toot and Whistle Trail
-Tree Identification Walk on the Town Forest Loop - starts at Green Mountain Beach at Lake Raponda
We also have lots of wonderful town trails that you might want to try.
REGISTRATION at MEMORIAL HALL - Be sure to stop in at Memorial Hall when you arrive - see the schedule for open times. You can see if any of your classmates are around, pick up your dinner tickets, get general information and purchase some memorabilia. And, of course, no visit to Wilmington is complete without a stop in one of the most beautiful buildings in town. Registration is run by the Historical Society. We thank them for their efforts and hope you will also visit the Historical Society's building at the bottom of Lisle Hill.
THURSDAY, AUGUST 5
4:00 to 7:00 Family Fun Frenzy
Substance Free Family Event at Old School Community Center, 1 School Street, Wilmington. FREE late afternoon full of fun games, an inflatable obstacle course, lawn games, and a yummy treat! Bring a picnic for your family. You may even need a bathing suit and towel in case a fire hose shows up!! Sponsored by the Deerfield Valley Community Partnership in conjunction with the Blueberry Festival.
6:00 to 10:00 BONFIRE at ADAMS FARM
It's a Party to Kick-Off to Wilmington's Old Home Week Festivities at Adams Farm with friends, family and class mates! Featuring local craft brewery, Snow Republic Brewing Co., the RVQ Smokehouse Food Truck, local Bluegrass Band, the Ridge Runners along with a Jam Session with many local musicians. Pack the lawn chairs or picnic blanket and bring your instruments (if you play) and get ready for a fun evening down on the farm!
Meal tickets can be purchased in advance for $13 per Adult & $9 per child. Or at the event for $16 per Adult and $11 per child. Call the Adams Farm directly at 802-380-3573 to purchase meal tickets.
Non-alcoholic beverages and light snacks will also be available for purchase including homemade lemonade and ice tea served in an OHW keepsake glass - yours to take home - for only $5!
OHW t-shirts and totes will also be available for purchase.
Rain or Shine
Admission to this event is free however donations are greatly appreciated.
FRIDAY, AUGUST 6
4:00 to 5:00 TOUR of TWIN VALLEY ELEMENTARY SCHOOL (formerly DVES)
Join former Deerfield Valley Elementary School teacher and principal Kathy Larsen for a tour of the renovated building. Renew memories of the old building and see the new classrooms as well as the added cafeteria, art room, and music room. PREREGISTRATION REQUIRED no later than 3:30 pm on August 6 by sending your name, # in your group, and contact information to Kathy at firstname.lastname@example.org. This will allow us to plan the group size and make the best use of everyone’s time.
5:00 to 8:00 VILLAGE NIGHT/BLOCK PARTY
Old Home Week is combining with the Blueberry Festival & Wilmington Works to create a wonderful time in Wilmington's Village. South Main Street will be blocked off so people can dance to the live band, mingle and enjoy some yummy food. Memorial Hall will be the center of OHW activities, registration and memorabilia sales. Wilcox Ice Cream will be handing out ice cream bars next to the Hall and Kevin O’Keefe aka Clyde Zerbini of Circus Minimus will twist, tie and sculpt a menagerie of balloon animals for your enjoyment. Pettee Memorial Library will be having their annual book sale on their lawn. You are sure to see people you haven't seen in years and maybe meet your new neighbors!
8 to 11:00 AFTER PARTY at THE OLD RED MILL with PETER MILES
Following the fabulous Block Party, the warm summer evening is about to get a bit hotter with the Peter Miles Band playing
your favorite dance tunes from 8 - 11 pm at the Old Red Mill. Just because it's our Old Home Week celebration doesn't mean we're too old to strut our stuff a bit! We wish to send out a huge thank you to the Oslers for their generous donation of the use of their Inn, one of Wilmington's historically significant establishments, for this fun event!
Sponsored by Duncan Cable TV. Diana, Cliff and family look forward to seeing you there!
SATURDAY, AUGUST 7
9:15 to 10:30 Parade Participants can take a special Moover shuttle from the Old School out the the staging area. The shuttle will do continuous loops from the Old School so it will be picking up participants about every 15 to 20 minutes. Please do not leave your car at the staging area - there simply isn't room. If you cannot ride your float out to the staging area we suggest doing as much carpooling into the Village as possible and then take the shuttle or have someone drop you off. There will be some parking available at the east end of the soccer field. You can access this parking between Dunkin' Donuts and Family Dollar. Thank you for your cooperation.
11:00 The PARADE starts at the west side of town at Chimney Hill Road. It proceeds through the center of town and then turns and goes to the Old School. There is excellent viewing all along the route but the judges and our beloved older citizens will be at the Vermont House and Bartleby's. We expect 7 bands and many local floats. In 2010 the Boyds had 5 floats. How many will they have this time? Be sure to watch for the special local graduates who will carry the banner and the young students who will escort them. Our Grand Marshals were selected for the years of service they have given to the town.
Route 9 will be closed for almost 2 hours so plan accordingly. Do you want to be in the Parade? Download the form at the bottom of this page. We need to know by July 20th that you want to enter so don't delay in sending in the form. It is possible that a late entry will be accepted but please realize that there is a lot of volunteer time organizing the parade and late entries make it difficult for the volunteers. Call Bonnie Lorimer at 464-8622 to see if you can do a late entry.
1:00 to 4:00 FUN on the FIELD.
Hills Band concert from 1 to 1:30. There will be food and fun & games - Corn Hole, Bocce, Croquet and other fun games and activities. We know you will want to hang around. Challenge another family or class to a game or even set up a tournament. The tent will be the perfect place to sit and visit or find some friends and challenge them to a game of corn hole! This will be your last chance to purchase memorabilia - that is if there is any left!
1:30 TOWN PHOTOGRAPH on the Field
Everyone is invited. It's a little like herding cats to get everyone together but we will be asking people to gather to mark this great time! How many people will be included? How many will have on their OHW t-shirts? After the Town Photo the Deerfield Valley News will be available to take photos of families, groups of friends, classes.
4:00 to 6:00 The Readsboro Lions Club is preparing a delicious CHICKEN BBQ DINNER complete with chicken, baked potato, cole slaw, roll, and butter. We will also be supplying water and dessert. You can do take-out or stay and continue to visit under the tent.
At 5:00 we will have the official welcome and announce the winners of the parade categories and the Largest Tree Contest. This is a great way to get together with family and friends where no one has to cook and no one has to do the dishes! Please note that tickets for the dinner had to be purchased in advance. Purchased Tickets will be available for pick-up during Registration at Memorial Hall or at the Dinner.