Groton on the Inside: Groton Olde Home Days are here at last


By Linda Competillo

Tompkins Weekly


Summer would not be summer, and August would not be August in Groton without the annual celebration of Olde Home Days. While we have many fun, interesting, or entertaining events in our town throughout the year, GOHD seems to be the one anticipated most by children and adults alike.

As promised, I will list many of the highlights of the weekend, but there is so much to see and do, it is likely I may miss some things, so my best advice is to just be there as much as possible to experience all that you can. Everything will take place Thursday through Saturday, Aug. 23 to 25.

The gears will be set in motion at the American Legion at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, as the Cortland Old Timers Band, featuring several Grotonites, fills the air with music. Refreshments will be available for purchase via Groton Recreation. That same evening, from 7 to 10 p.m., Logan Wannall will host an open mic night at Farrell’s Restaurant.

Farrell’s will also open the stage on Friday from 3 to 6 p.m. with The Tarps, and from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. there will be karaoke with DJ Anthony, while Tribal Revival will be appearing from 8:30 to 11:30 p.m. at the Legion.

The famous grand parade will step off on Main Street. at 6 p.m. Saturday, featuring the Pittsford Marching Band. As has become tradition, the band will also put on a little concert at 7 p.m. back at the Legion, followed by Ten Man Push from 8:30 to 11:30 p.m.

The family-friendly, old-fashioned carnival “Playland Amusements” will set up again this year with the midway opening at 6 p.m. Thursday and Friday, and at 12 p.m. Saturday, with rides, games, classic carnival food, and tons of fun for everyone.

As mentioned in last week’s column, CirqOvation with The Superstar Supershow will be performing spectacular shows at the lot on Main Street near the new pavilion at 3 and 7 p.m. Saturday.

Free backpacks and school supplies, hot dogs, and bottled water will be given away on Saturday at the Open Door on Main Steet, and Mark’s Pizzeria will have free T-shirts for children until they run out, and free fried dough during all three days of the festival. Many other local businesses will be holding sidewalk sales, giveaways, and more.

Free activities and entertainment will be all over the place. The Ross Park Zoomobile will be at the Main Street pavilion from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Friday. On Saturday, the Hula Hut Polynesian Dancers will be at the First National Bank of Groton, Cornell Raptors birds of prey on Conger Boulevard from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., The Physics Bus, Sir James Magic and Balloon Art from 1 to 5 p.m., Silly Lilly Puppet Show in the Conger Boulevard gazebo at 1 and 4:30 p.m., pony rides, a petting zoo, wagon rides, and so much more!

The 48th annual Groton Art Show will take place at the Groton American Legion from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, the Verne Morton Memorial Photography Show and Contest at the Town Hall from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, and 10a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday.

The Groton Historical Association will sponsor a “Crafts & Collectible” show and sale in the Town Barn on Conger Boulevard from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday. Also on the boulevard, the Groton Family Cruisers Club car show will take place from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. with a $100 cash prize to the people’s choice winner.

There is no shortage of fun during GOHD. For even more information, find “Groton Olde Home Days” on Facebook, or visit the website at


Library news

The Groton Public Library’s free monthly community meal will be held at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Aug 21. These meals are nutritious, free, and open to all, and are followed by discussions on different topics to build relationships that will move Groton forward.

In case you may not be aware of this, free, healthy food, supplied by the Friendship Donation Network, is dropped off at the library at 6 p.m. every Tuesday evening. This food is free of cost for anyone on a first come, first served basis.

The Friends of the GPL will hold its annual book sale during Groton Olde Home Days from 12 to 7 p.m. Friday, Aug. 24 and from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 25.


Foodnet volunteers needed

Foodnet Meals on Wheels is currently in need of volunteers to help at the Groton Center Village Court social dining site. Hours available are from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. For more information, contact Linda at 607-266-9553 or

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