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Warwick poised to turn 250

Events set throughout year

WARWICK — In less than two months’ time, Warwick will join the growing list of Massachusetts towns that have turned 250.

Though its actual anniversary is Feb. 17, celebrations will start this month, and go all year.

The festivities begin Jan. 12, with the first “second Saturday” hike of the year. Every month, the Warwick Conservation Commission will lead a hike to a different location.

The first will take hikers to the Devil’s Washbowl. To join, simply show up at the trailhead on Gale Road by 9:30 a.m. Children must be accompanied by a responsible adult. To suggest a location for one of the monthly hikes, email Karro Frost at karrofrost@gmail.com.

That night, the Arts Council’s annual soup supper will start at 6 p.m. Jan. 12, in Town Hall, warming up the crowd for Trailer Park, a Northampton-based band that bills itself as “A ten-legged rock and roll machine powered by rock and roll guitar, bass, drums, and twin tenor saxophones.”

The last Saturday of every month, Jim McRae will host “Nopen Mic,” an all-acoustic open mic night in Town Hall. The first is Jan. 26, at 7 p.m.

A couple weeks later, Warwickians will break out their augers and old-fashioned ice saws and head down to Moore’s Pond Beach at 10 a.m. Feb. 9 to harvest slabs of ice. The ice will be stored until summer, when it will be used to make ice cream at Old Home Days. A trial run last year packed away plenty of ice, but the warm winter and subsequent seasons took their toll and left no ice for the August celebration.

When June rolls around and the weather’s warmer, the Moores Pond Beach Committee will lead a walk down the old, pre-Wendell Road route to the beach, where they’ll hold a party for the 250th. The committee is hoping folks will come in costumes representing the different eras of time since Warwick’s 1763 incorporation. A date is yet to be set.

Though several events are planned throughout the town’s 250th anniversary year, two in particular promise to be bigger than the rest.

The first, a colonial costume ball and contra dance will be held on the eve of the anniversary, at 5 p.m. Feb. 16, in Town Hall. Area bands the Walter Mittys and Allemande North will provide the tunes. Attendees are encouraged to wear 1763-era costumes.

The other, Old Home Days, will fill the weekend of Aug. 24 with festivities. Warwick’s Old Home Days have more than 100 years of their own history, the first held in 1895.

To commemorate the town’s 250th, Warwick is collecting oral histories from residents. Whether your family’s been in town for generations, or just a few years, you’ve probably got a story to tell.

If you’d like to share it, contact David Young, town coordinator, at 978 544-6315 from 2 to 5 p.m. weekdays, or email coordinator@town.warwick.ma.us anytime to set up an appointment.

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This reporter would like to hear your story, too, for an upcoming article. I can best be reached from 1 to 9 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, and Saturdays with varying hours.

David Rainville can be reached at:
drainville@recorder.com
or 413-772-0261, ext. 279

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