Hinesburg celebrates Old Home Week

Photo by Eric Spivack
To help mark the Fire Department’s 75th anniversary, the Hinesburg Firemen’s Association collected recipes from community members to fill more than 60 pages of a new fundraising cookbook. Copies are $10 and will be on sale at Saturday’s festivities.

It’s finally here, after years of planning: Old Home Week. The summer holidays get off to an active start with five days packed with events to mark the Independence Day holiday and celebrate the Hinesburg Fire Department’s 75th anniversary. Here is the schedule of events:

• StoryWalk at the LaPlatte Headwaters Town Forest from through July 6. The children’s picture book “Over in the Meadow” by Ezra Jack Keats will be displayed along the trail leading from the Gilman Road trailhead parking lot to the Hidden Meadow. This is a collaboration between the Trails Committee, Annette’s Preschool and Montpelier’s Hubbard-Kellogg Library.

• Carpenter-Carse Library Book Sale from June 29 to July 1 at the Town Hall. June 29: 4-9 p.m. June 30: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. and during the barn dance on July 1. People who spend $20 or more at the sale are eligible to enter to win raffle prizes.

• Plant and strawberry shortcake sale by Responsible Growth Hinesburg from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Town Hall on Friday, June 29.

• Remember Baker bluegrass concert at the Town Hall from 7 to 9 p.m. Friday, June 29.

• Silent Auction featuring antiques, artwork, music lessons, gift certificates to shows and events, local food items, and a Little Treasures table. Saturday 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Town Hall. Proceeds benefit RGH.

• Independence Day Parade line up begins at 10 a.m. and the parade starts at 11 a.m. on Saturday, June 30. There will also be the book sale in the Town Hall, an ice cream social in front of the Mason’s Building and two food vendors at Hinesburg Community School.

• Hinesburg’s Firemen’s Association 75th anniversary celebration Saturday, June 30 from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m. Firetrucks and related vehicles will park behind the Hinesburg Fire Station with visiting fire apparatus on display, color guard, department presentations, cake and cold drinks, historical displays, family activities and food vendors.

• Overlook Trail Hike on Sunday, July 1 at 10 a.m. the Trails Committee will host a hike starting at Town Hall and heading up to the Overlook Trail and back. Committee member George Dameron, a St. Michael’s College history professor will lead the discussion and provide historical perspective.

• Great Vermont Barn Dance from 1-2:30 p.m. hosted by Rik Palieri at the Town Hall. The live-streamed performance features Hungrytown and Green Mountain Volunteers, along with storytellers, Rick Cedallos and Bill Torrey and more.

• Farmer’s Market Craft Fair behind the fire station on the green from 3-7 p.m. on Monday, July 2. Any vendors must provide their own tables and pop-up tents if needed. Please contact Diane Barber at dbarber7541@gmail.com to register.

• The 40th Army Band will perform behind Hinesburg Community School from 6:30-8:30 p.m. on Monday, July 2. There will also be a BBQ fundraiser starting at 5:30 p.m. It took years for the organizers to bring the highly acclaimed band to Hinesburg, but they did. The band’s roots are in Brattleboro, where the band first started in 1907. Since then the band has performed around the state, nationally and internationally. Musical arrangements range from standard concert band music, military marches, to current and contemporary tunes. Matt Francis and friends, from the bluegrass band “Something with Strings” will open at 5:30 with the Army Band to follow.

• Hilly Hobble Foot Race, an annual highlight hosted by the Eddy Family on July 3. Registration begins at 6 p.m. in front of Hinesburg Community School. The 10k starts at 6:30 p.m. at the bottom of Buck Hill Rd. West, the 5k begins at 7 p.m., and the Kid’s 2k begins in Veteran’s Park in front of Good Times Café at 7:10 p.m. All runners finish in Veteran’s Park. All proceeds benefit the Hinesburg fireworks.

• Cedar Knoll’s Firecracker Scramble begins at 10 a.m. on July 4 at Cedar Knoll Country Club.

• Hinesburgh Public House picnic on the lawn Settle in on July 4 from 4 to 8 p.m. for food, music and games on the lawn behind Hinesburgh Public House. Musical performances by Rodney Putnam, 2:30-3:30 p.m.; Insiders, 3:30-5:30 p.m.; the Tenderbellies, 6-8 p.m. Burgers, sausages, ribs, beer, wine and non-alcoholic beverages will be available for purchase. Also beach volleyball, a dunking booth, games for kids, and free ice cold watermelon.

• Fireworks Finale at dusk behind the Hinesburg Community School on July 4. Look for food vendors in the parking lot, including Fisher Brother’s Farm Sisters of Anarchy ice cream.

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