If you missed Groton Olde Home Days last year, or haven’t been in a few years – or simply have never been – this would be the right year to check it out.
Under the new leadership of Kathy Thomas and Flo Allan, The 81st Groton Olde Home Days is slated to begin on Friday, Aug. 14 with an opening gala from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. That will include the seventh annual Verne Morton Memorial Photography Show at town hall. From 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. that same night, there will be a teen dance with Rick the DJ. Bun Appetite will have Karaoke with DJ Dale, and there will be Music by Ben Hur at the American Legion of Groton along with the cake wheel and food.
On Saturday, Aug. 15 the celebration will continue with the celebration’s “main event,” Paul Antonio Presents The Magic and Variety Circus.
“We searched, and we went on Gig Salad to look,” Thomas said, “which was recommended to us by somebody. And I ran into someone on Gig Salad named Paul Antonio, and told him what we were trying to do. And he put together five acts, came up with this circus variety show, so we took it from there. They gave us a very generous offer for five entertainers – they’re actually coming here from Buffalo, so they have to spend the night in the local area. So the cost was rather reasonable. So we built around that.”
In addition to magic and circus shows, Saturday will include a pirate scavenger hunt starting at 10 a.m. The hunt’s map was designed by Town Clerk April Scheffler. There will also be a magic show from Lansing magician Sir James, sidewalk sales, a wine tasting, a civil war reenactment, and several other entertainment activities lined up.
There are also some more miscellaneous offerings during the weekend that should not go overlooked, such as KrittrKris & Feathered Friends, who will be presenting an educational program with birds of prey. Kris is a wildlife rehabilitator. She is also asking anyone in attendance to donate the following items: heat lamps, paper towels, aquariums, bird seed, canned dog or cat food, cracked corn, hay, latex gloves, pet food dishes, and light bulbs.
If a circus act and wild birds were not enough to get your adrenaline going, perhaps some rock and roll will. The band lineup at the American Legion Post 800 is the following
Thursday, Aug. 13: Old Timers Band starting at 6:30 p.m.
Friday, Aug. 14: Bendher starting at 8 p.m.
Saturday, Aug. 15: John Lu at 4 p.m., Pittford Marching Band at 7 p.m., Aiken Heart at 8 p.m., Ten Man Push at 9:30 p.m.
There will also be Bright Lights and country music on hand Saturday night from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m. at the pavilion.
In short, there should be something for everyone. The excitement is warranted.
“I think there is a little bit more buzz this year,” Allan said. “We’ve gone into a whole different mode of things. We’re just not all about what’s happening at the legion, with the bands, beer and cake tent. We’ve tried to spread the event out through the whole community. We have things like sidewalk sales and a Civil War reenactment this year. So it’s something different, and hopefully it’ll be enough of a draw that it’ll be something people will come and check out. We’re just a small community but we’re a good community.”