ORRINGTON, Maine — Lifelong resident Carolyn Delle Quimby Howard — the town’s Boston Post Cane holder — wore a century-old historic outfit that once was worn by her mother during Saturday’s Old Home Week parade, held to celebrate the town’s 225th birthday.
“I went through the trunk that was her grandmother’s and got the dress and two hats,” her bonnet-wearing daughter Elizabeth Howard-Bickwell said after the parade grand marshal’s car parked at the Post-Parade Expo at Center Drive School.
Howard said modestly that she was honored to be chosen to lead the parade, something her mother also did when she was the Boston Post Cane holder, and added she wears her mother’s dress whenever there is an important event.
“I think it was quite a parade,” the nonagenarian said as a steady stream of friends from town stopped by to say hello.
Howard was born in 1918 and always has lived within a half-mile of the farm she still calls home. Her sons run Tween-Hills Farm, a 400-head registered Holstein dairy that is now the last milk-producing commercial enterprise in the town of 3,600 residents, which also will be honored as part of Old Home Week.
“The whole week is a tribute to the people who live in this town or who contribute to this state,” said state Rep. Dick Campbell, who was part of the Old Home Week committee.
The theme of the week is to celebrate Orrington’s rich past, vibrant present and bright future, he said.
The parade was perfect, he said, not only because it seemed like everyone in town was in attendance, but also because of the outpouring of support for Operation Christmas Child. Casella partnered with the town to collect gifts of toys, school supplies, hygiene items and hard candies to fill shoeboxes for needy children overseas under the international relief aid organization Samaritan’s Purse, Campbell said.
“All along the parade route, people … collected items for third world countries,” he said.
Other events during Old Home Week include a Sunday boat parade on Brewer Lake; a Monday ladies tea party at the grange; Tuesday baked bean supper at the East Orrington Congregational Church as well as an alumni basketball game, wiffle ball tournament, and home tours throughout the week; and a Friday Evening at Wiswell Farm, which includes dinner in the historical barn followed by historic re-enactments and cannon fire muster.
Friday is also when the three-day Endless Yard Sale begins, which according to group’s Facebook page already has 35 families registered. The complete list of events is available on the group’s Facebook page, facebook.com/OrringtonOldHomeWeek225Years, or the town’s website.
“We conclude the week at an event at the Curran Homestead, where we will celebrate the Howard farm as the Farm of the Year,” said Campbell.
Howard-Bickwell said family members are coming to the event from all over the region.
Town Manager Paul White said Saturday’s events were “perfect” and invited people to come to town for the rest of the Old Home Week events.
“There is a lot of great events scheduled for the rest of the week,” he said.