Long Meddowe Days Celebrates 35 Years

 

The Town Green will once again be the location for the 35th Annual Long Meddow Days to be held on May 17 and 18.

For the past 34 years this event has enabled the town to celebrate its sense of community while also remembering its rich tradition and history.

The first Long Meddowe Days celebration took place in May 1980 in preparation for the 200th anniversary of the incorporation of Longmeadow in 1783. What began 34 years ago has now become an annual town event attended by people of all ages.

The Longmeadow Historical Society, which is sponsoring the event, said it wishes to thank everyone who has volunteered their time and energy over the past 34 years. A dedicated group of volunteers continues this tradition.

Long Meddowe Days is the primary fundraiser for the Longmeadow Historical Society. The proceeds are used to fund educational programs and research as well as maintenance of the Storrs House, a town landmark.

The event will include food, music, continuous entertainment and a parade along with artists and crafters from all of New England. There is no admission charge.

Here are some of the highlights of Long Meddow Days:

►Stop in and visit the Storrs House and view treasured artifacts that were used by town minister, Rev. Richard Salter Storrs, and his family. His home on Longmeadow Street is now a house museum and the home of the Longmeadow Historical Society.

►Major events in the town’s history, from the settling on the hill beginning in 1703 to the rise of the modern suburb around 1900 will be featured on the Town Green. Guests are invited to visit a series of “stations,” featuring pictorial and written displays of various events during the evolution of Longmeadow from a small farming village to a suburb.

►There will be scheduled tours of the “Olde Burying Yard” with a local expert. Longmeadow Cemetery has many gravestones that tell their own story about residents that lived in Longmeadow hundreds of years ago. Some of the gravestones are 250- 300 years old.

► Meet Civil War re-enactors courtesy of event sponsors, Glenmeadowand F.L. Roberts. These re-enactors are members of the 9th Massachusetts Battery and are in full battle dress. Their authentic Civil War encampment makes its home on the Longmeadow Town Green throughout the weekend. This unit brings their 10-pound Parrott cannon. It is fired every hour during the festival while re-enactors play the roles of several members of the Civil War Battery that fought at Gettysburg. 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 Battery also educates visitors about women’s experiences during the Civil War.

► Visit the Historical Society’s tent located on the Town Green. There will be a wealth of information pertaining to learning more about Longmeadow’s rich history.

►A 5K Road Race/ Walk will be held on Saturday morning. This year marks the 21st Annual Tim Paige Memorial Race. This Race/ Walk will be held rain or shine starting at the Storrs Library on Longmeadow Street! Walkers begin at 7:30 a.m. and runners at 8 a.m. The first 100 entries will receive a commemorative T-Shirt.

►The annual Parade sponsored by Hampden Bank will begin on Saturday morning at 9:30 a.m. with a lively group of participants and will travel south on Longmeadow Street from Bay Path College to the Town Green.

►For art and craft lovers there will be a varied and interesting selection of vendors this year. The Historical Society is continuing its efforts to bring high-quality art and handmade crafts to the event by attracting vendors from across New England and beyond.

►The “Kid’s Craft,” area features young crafters. In addition, there will be community booths including the  Longmeadow Fire Department and the Longmeadow Adult Center as well as a large number of non-profit organizations.

►On Saturday evening, after the day’s activities conclude, families are invited to the Town Green to gather, enjoy music and celebrate Longmeadow’s history. 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 provided by Falcetti Music. Parents are asked to accompany children to the campfire.

► On Sunday, starting at noon, there will be a Memorial Service on the Town Green to honor and to commemorate Longmeadow residents who gave their lives for our country.

Visit LongMeddoweDays.org or Facebook.com/LongMeddoweDays for additional information.