Old Home Week, Wednesday, August 15, 1934


Old Home Week, Wednesday, August 15, 1934


D'Onofrio, Jayne M.


Wakefield, Mass. : Wakefield Municipal Gas & Light Department,




Photo courtesy of Bourdon's Studio.

"Wakefield's first Old Home Week was sponsored by the Wakefield Chamber of Commerce during the week of August 12, 1934. Activities included special church services, a flag raising ceremony, exhibits by the Historical Society and the Arts and Crafts Society, a products and mercantile show, sporting events, a water carnival on Lake Quannapowitt, band concerts and an historical pageant. As a Wakefield holiday, factories and stores were asked by the Chamber of Commerce to close at 12 noon on Wednesday. All factories which closed at noon blew their whistles for two minutes to indicate the opening of Wakefield Holiday at Walton Field. Between 5,000 and 7,000 people attended the day's events which included 45 exhibit booths staffed by local merchants and manufacturers, and a host of field events. More than 600 children and adults participated in athletic events which included an adult horse shoe competition, track and field championships (50 yard dash, 220 yard dash, 360 yard dash, shot put, running broad jump), hose coupling contest, push ball contest, the 'official welcome home of P.R. Osperity', baseball (Wakefield A.A. vs. Twilight League), Drum Corps Prize Competition, Indian Corn Dance, and the presentation of cash awards which ranged from $15 to ten $1 awards." -- Text from calendar by Jayne M. D'Onofrio.


Wakefield (Mass.) -- Celebrations.

Wakefield (Mass.) -- History -- Pictorial works.

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Wakefield Municipal Gas & Light Department calendars

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D'Onofrio, Jayne M., "Old Home Week, Wednesday, August 15, 1934," in NOBLE Digital Heritage, Item #12057, http://heritage.noblenet.org/items/show/12057 (accessed September 24, 2017).