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?
As we finalize plans for events we will be giving you descriptions and who to contact with questions. This is still a work in progress so keep checking back for more information! You don't want to miss out. 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 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 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 about 20 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 so don't miss out! The display of the artwork will be in the music room and lobby of the Old School.
THURSDAY, AUGUST 5
6:00 to 10:00 BONFIRE at ADAMS FARM
What a way to start out the festivities! Adams Farm is hosting a bonfire get-together. There will be food and drink and probably some pickin' and grinnin'. And who knows, maybe Bill will tell us a story or two. Nomad Chefs will supply some great food (pre-orders will save you money and ensure they don't run out.) and Snow Mountain Republic Brewery will have a variety of beers for sale. Donations will be cheerfully accepted and you know you'll have a great time.
FRIDAY, AUGUST 6
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. 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
The Oslers will be welcoming all to the Old Red Mill to visit and listen to the great sounds of Peter Miles. Whether you feel like dancing or just visiting this is the perfect place and time.
SATURDAY, AUGUST 7
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.
1:00 to 4:00 FUN on the FIELD. There will be food and fun & games - Corn Hole, Frisbee Golf and more still to be decided but we know you will want to hang around. The tent will be the perfect place to sit and visit or find some friends and challenge them to corn hole!
1:30 TOWN PHOTOGRAPH - Everyone is invited. It's a little like herding cats To get everyone together but we will be asking people to gather together to mark this great time! How many people will be included? After the Town Photo the Deerfield Valley News will be available to take photos of families, groups of friends, classes.
4:00 The Readsboro Lions Club is preparing a delicious CHICKEN BBQ DINNER complete with chicken, baked potato, coleslaw, roll, and butter. We will also be supplying beverages. You can do take-out or stay and continue to visit. At 5:00 we will have the official welcome and announce the winners of the parade categories and the Largest Tree Contest. Please note that tickets for the dinner must be purchased in advance. Please download this form (or just write out the information) and send it along with payment before July 20th. You don't want to miss out on this one!
SUNDAY, AUGUST 8
Come to the Old School for breakfast and a last chance to connect with old friends. You'll be able to wander around the first floor and see how the Old School Enrichment Center is turning the old high school into a vibrant community center. Ir will be your last chance to view Wilmington Wall and historical displays. If your bid was the highest for an item in the Silent Auction you will be able to take that home with you to enjoy in the years to come.