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Warwick celebrates 250th at Old Home Days

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In this file photo from last year's Warwick Old Home Days, Liam McRae, 16, cranks the ice cream maker , which is using ice and rock salt to freeze the mix into ice cream. David Shepardson helps with the ice cream; at left is Adrian Paul.

Recorder/File Photo In this file photo from last year's Warwick Old Home Days, Liam McRae, 16, cranks the ice cream maker , which is using ice and rock salt to freeze the mix into ice cream. David Shepardson helps with the ice cream; at left is Adrian Paul. Purchase photo reprints »

WARWICK — From parades to tag sales, and old-fashioned ice cream to a satellite dish toss, there’s something for everyone at Old Home Days this weekend.

There’s all the more reason to enjoy the annual event this year. Warwick, founded in 1763, turned 250 years old this Feb. 17, and the celebrations culminate in Old Home Days.

A good day starts with breakfast, and the Warwick Women’s Guild will serve up coffee and doughnuts at 8 a.m. Saturday in Town Hall. Once properly caffeinated, it’s time to set up shop at the tag sale. Free table space will be available for the sale, held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The Yelp for Help annual fundraiser for Warwick’s wayward animals will also be held from 9 to 3. Animal control officer Rosa Calcari will sell raffle tickets for prizes ranging from a tandem skydive from Jumptown to items and gift cards from several area businesses. Local businesses and artisans have also donated dozens of items for sale at Old Home Days, with all proceeds going to the animal control fund, to help pay for the care of strays.

Singers and musicians can take to the stage during an open mic from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Don’t be offended if the audience leaves around 9:45 a.m., they’re just lining up to march in the Old Home Day parade, which starts at 10.

Those who would like to march and haven’t yet signed up should call 978-544-0014 or 544-2009.

The Warwick Historical Society Museum will be open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., with new exhibits to display.

At 11:30 a.m., the Warwick Public Library will put on a vignette of the town’s history.

At noon, Warwick firefighters will serve up lunch, and Ed the Wizard will entertain with his magic act.

At 1 p.m., it’s time for homemade ice cream. In January, the Historical Society and Moore’s Pond Beach Committee organized an old-fashioned ice cutting on Moore’s Pond. Saturday, they’ll see if the ice, stored in sawdust at the Shepards’ house, survived the spring and summer, and use it to make the ice cream.

At 1:30, the Old Home Days committee will give a 250th anniversary address.

The Metcalf Chapel Supper will be held at 6 p.m., serving Swedish meatballs, salad, potatoes, rolls and brownies with ice cream. It’s $10 for adults and $5 for kids.

After dinner, Warwick barbershop quartet The Grace Notes will hold a special reunion show at 7 p.m. in Town Hall.

Other events to be held throughout the morning and afternoon include kids’ games, a pie eating contest, bag races and a bounce house.

Sunday’s events will start with a church service at 9 a.m. in Metcalf Chapel.

After church lets out, it’s time for some competition. Warwick’s got its own idea of Sunday sports, and they don’t include football.

A fireman’s muster will be held at Fellows Field at 10 a.m. Local firefighters will test their skills against others, in the spirit of friendly competition.

At 1 p.m., it’s time for the annual satellite dish toss on the town common.

The Historical Society Museum will be open again Sunday from 1 to 4 p.m., with new and old exhibits on display.

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