Littleton 300th Activities
Here is the list of activities we all enjoyed during our town’s celebrations. Are your recollections a part of the Memory Book at the Reuben Hoar Library? How many 300th events did you attend? Most of the activities listed below were FREE and family friendly. Revisit Littleton’s Tercentennial. 2014 was a year to remember!
Apple Smash – Saturday, November 9, 2013 from 7:00 P.M. to 11:00 P.M.
Friends of Littleton’s 300th, Inc. hosted an “Apple Smash” fundraising event on Saturday, November 9, 2013 from 7:00-11:00 p.m. at the Holiday Inn in Boxborough. The event included a live band, a live and silent auction, guest appearances, food, and a cash bar. All proceeds support edLittleton’s 300th Anniversary Celebration in 2014.
Scarecrow Workshop, Saturday, June 7, 2014
A scarecrow building workshop was held in the Multi-purpose Room at the Town Office Building on Shattuck Street at 10:30 a.m. on June 7, 2014. Hands-on help was available to assist and help fasten the finished scarecrows to a post. Many joined the fun and created scarecrows to decorate their neighborhoods and our town. Quite a few of us registered scarecrows for the Town Picnic on July 12th and entered the summer scarecrow contest. Participants brought lots of newspapers, plastic bags, safety pins and complete costumes with shoes and hats for their scarecrows. Those who were not able to attend this workshop watched on LCTV.
Memory Book – June 2, 2014 – September 28, 2014 – Reuben Hoar Library
As part of our tercentenary, we asked: Why is Littleton special to you? What would you like to tell folks in the future about our Town as we celebrate Littleton’s 300th anniversary?
Reuben Hoar Library collected people’s thoughts about Littleton in a memory book. We were looking for insights of residents and visitors of all ages. We heard from individuals and groups. So many of our friends, family members, and neighbors stopped by the main circulation desk at the library and recorded their thoughts. Was your memory of recycling at the Transfer Station, sunlight on a summer’s morning on Fay Park, church fairs, or Council on Aging’s bus trip to New York City? The memory book was placed with Littleton 300 memorabilia from 2014 for future generations to see.
Where Am I? Challenge June 14, 2014
Whole families got involved in this activity. They used clues to figure out various historical locations around Littleton. How did it work? Participants took selfies of at least 10 sites and submitted them by email. Clues and rules for Where Am I Challenge were available as handouts near the glass display case at the Reuben Hoar Library lobby
Pre-Opening Ceremony Rotary Breakfast – Saturday, June 21 , 6:30-10:30 a.m., Littleton Middle School
Who likes pancakes and eggs for breakfast? Families turned up for a morning meal before the Opening Ceremony on June 21, 2014, organized by Littleton Rotary. The Middle School opened up for hungry guests at 6:30 a.m. and stayed open until- 10:30 a.m. And it wasn’t all about food. Guests viewed military displays and items from the 250th anniversary celebration and discovered what was placed in the time capsule 50 years ago. $3/child, $6/adult.
Opening Ceremony, Saturday, June 21, Alumni Field (King Street), 11 a.m.
Littleton’s historic official first big event was held at 11:00 a.m., June 21, on Alumni Field. the event featured a color guard, music, Minutemen, and a 300th-anniversary flag ceremony. We sang our national anthem, listened to speeches and proclamations, and honored our veterans. There was also the enormous wooden cake display, cupcakes, and a family softball game after the ceremony!
Old- fashioned Town Picnic – Saturday, July 12, 2014, 11 a.m.-3 p.m., Littleton Middle School
Saturday, July 12, 2014, saw a special summer town picnic from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. at the Middle School campus.
Families tested out their hoop rolling, watermelon seed spitting, and sack racing skills. There were lots of photo opportunities peeking through various pop outs or watching the pie eating contest. Everyone enjoyed the musical groups, including an acclaimed acapella group, Ball in the House. We traversed the hay maze and viewed the scarecrows. We brought our picnic baskets packed with delicious foods, and enjoyed some popcorn and cotton candy. There were lots of cameras to capture the fun!
Trivia Road Rally Contest August 2, 2014
Did you walk, ride your bike, or have your parents drive a car to participate in Littleton’s 300th Road Rally? The fun began in the Reuben Hoar Library parking lot on Shattuck Street at 9 a.m. on Saturday, August 2, 2014. Participants traveled to designated spots in Littleton. Given clues and a time frame, our friends and neighbors set off to discover some trivia facts about Littleton with their families.
Contra Dance August 2, 2014
Everyone was invited to a contra dance at the Oak Meadow School on Saturday, August 2, 2014. Experienced dancers and newbies alike were welcome.. The caller guided dancers through the necessary steps. The fun started at at 7 p.m. This free event was sponsored by the Lyceum.
Peach Social August 20, 2014
Do you like peaches? A peach social was held at the Historical Society on the museum lawn on Rogers Street. This event took place on August 20, 2014, at 6:30 p.m. until the peaches, and the daylight, ran out. Many of us took a peek inside the building to see exhibits about Littleton’s past or check out the Littleton Historical Society.
There were activities & Coloring Books for sale inside the museum during the Tercentennial Year.
Apple Pie Contest – Saturday, September 5, 2014
The bakers in our town preheated their ovens for an apple pie contest on Friday, September 5, 2014. Entries were due by noon at the Senior Dinner, Town House. Contest winners were announced at 4:00 p.m. Anyone still still hungry was able to sample the leftovers. Yummy!
The biggest parade in Littleton’s history started at 10:00 a.m. sharp at Saint Anne. The variety of marchers, bands, military units, and floats proceeded down King Street to IBM at the Common on Saturday, September 6, 2014.
The post-parade activities began around 3:00 p.m. at Nashoba Valley Ski Area. There were a variety of bands playing all afternoon on September 6, 2014. At 6:15 p.m. we enjoyed the pre-fireworks concert of Indian Hill Orchestra, followed by an evening pyrotechnic display of fireworks!
This ceremony began at 1:00 p.m. on September 27, 2014, at the Middle School by lowering the flag, recognizing committees, and viewing new items for the time capsule. Of course, there was apple crisp and ice cream!