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Long Meddowe Days

May 18 - May 19

The Longmeadow Historical Society is once again proud to be the sponsor of Long Meddowe Days!  This 40th annual celebration will take place on May 18 and 19 on the Town Green in Longmeadow. 2019 is also the 125th anniversary of the split of Longmeadow and East Longmeadow into two separate towns.

Long Meddowe Days is a community fair including historical activities to educate and foster an interest in town and regional history.  It is an annual town event attended by people of all ages in our area.  Everyone is invited and there is no admission fee to attend!  It’s a weekend event filled with many activities for all family members!

Plan to stop into the Historical Society’s tent on the Town Green to learn about Longmeadow history, upcoming programs and to purchase some unique gifts.

Tours of the Old Burying Yard in Longmeadow Cemetery by an expert local guide will take place on both days starting at 2 PM.  Many gravestones tell their own story about residents that lived in Longmeadow hundreds of years ago with some of the gravestones over 250 years old! The 9th Massachusetts Light Artillery group will be conducting a service, playing taps and firing a musket volley at the end of each cemetery tour.

On Saturday and Sunday at 12:30 PM, there will also be interesting Architecture Walking Tours around the Town Green.  Meet at the Longmeadow Historical Society tent.  Take a stroll along a section of the Town Green with a knowledgeable guide and learn something about these historic homes.

Saturday kicks off with the 26th Annual Tim Paige 5K Memorial Road Race/ Walk that starts at 7:30 AM followed by a community parade with local groups and schools that starts at 9:30 AM in the St. Mary’s Church parking lot and ends at the Town Green.

On both Saturday and Sunday, the Town Green will come alive with people and activities.  Crafters, artists, photographers and talented youth crafters will be showcasing and selling their work.   In addition, various community non-profit organizations and town departments will set up booths to interact with town residents and other visitors.

There will be continuous musical acts on the Entertainment Stage on both days.  New performers this year will add even more talent to the usual strong showing by our local talented musicians.  Enjoying lunch and snacks in the Food Court while listening to these talented groups is always a treat!

The 9th Massachusetts Light Artillery Civil War re-enactors will once again set up camp on the Green and shoot their cannon periodically throughout the day.  The soldiers will also make special presentations about Longmeadow’s own Civil War hero, Lt. Howard Burnham, and the role the town played in that conflict.  The 9th Massachusetts Light Artillery also educates visitors about life during the Civil War.

As always, there are many activities for children at Long Meddowe Days.  The popular miniature train, a climbing wall, a bounce house and fun temporary tattoos are some of the returning favorites.

On Saturday evening starting at 6 PM, after the day’s activities conclude, families are invited to the Town Green to gather and enjoy music and free food.  Join your friends and neighbors for supper, a sing-a-long as the sun goes down, and an old-fashion campfire with hot dogs and hamburgers.  Parents are asked to accompany children to the campfire.

On Sunday there will be a Memorial Service on the Town Green at 11 AM to honor and to commemorate Longmeadow residents who served and also gave their lives for our country.  This Memorial Service is always very well attended.  American flags at veteran gravestones in Longmeadow Cemetery will be replaced by volunteers on Sunday after the Memorial Service.

Friends of Storrs Library will be holding their 12th annual Used Book Sale on Saturday from 10 AM to 4 PM and on Sunday from 11 AM to 3 PM in Storrs Library at 693 Longmeadow Street.

There are many opportunities to learn about Longmeadow’s history at Long Meddowe Days!

Details

Start:
May 18
End:
May 19
Website:
http://www.longmeddowedays.org/