Sunday, September 19, 2010

Favorite Photos From a Fine Fall Festival

Canterbury Old Home Day

Even though the forecasters were a bit off in their predictions for yesterday's weather (go figure!), it wasn't a bad day at all for Canterbury's Annual Old Home Day and - truth be told - I much preferred the overcast sky as odd as that may sound.  From a photographer's point of view, overcast is actually easier to deal with as had it been the bright and sunny day that meteorologists had predicted, I would have had to deal with a lot of shadows and dappling as the annual Fall Festival is held under the trees on the Canterbury Green.

As seems to be my norm, I took close to 400 pictures as I'd rather have too many and not enough to work with and obviously that's going to take me quite some time to sort through but I thought I'd share some of my favorites that I've had the time to "touch up" a bit.  I hope you enjoy!

Canterbury Old Home Day

A thank you to all of the sponsors for another fine Old Home Day!

Canterbury Chairmaker

There were lots of craftsmen like this chair maker above ... 

Canterbury Blacksmith

And this very handsome blacksmith (what can I say?  I'm a sucker for boots and I rather liked the hat, too!)


I believe this gentleman was working on a post and beam project - love the beard!


A candlemaker


A woodcarver


These two guys were my favorites for pictures I must say! 

Canterbury Spinner

This artisan was spinning Alpaca wool.


Another artisan hard at work


Of course there were animals!  This is Toby & Max, my cousin Rachel's five-year old pygmy goats.


This little lady was just a baby donkey who will someday weigh about 275 pounds!


There were antique cars ...

Antique Car

And what's a farming community without at least a few tractors?


And not to worry if you got hungry! 


There were lots of tasty snacks to be found! 


The Canterbury Historical Society had quite the spread of delicious baked goods!

Canterbury Lions Club Popcorn

Popcorn from the Canterbury Lions Club.

Making Waffles Over an Open Pit

Waffles baked fresh over an open pit.

Canterbury Old Home Day 2010

Or maybe you fancied fresh corn on a stick or some scoop-able fudge in a cup?

Canterbury Old Home Day 2010

There were all kinds of booths!

Antique Jug Collection

Including one where my Uncle Alton was displaying just a small part of his antique jug collection.
(That's not Uncle Al in the picture but if you look closely you can see my mother and cousin Sheila in the center background both wearing blue!)

VFW Post Commander

The Post Commander of the local VFW was there thanking the veterans who came by.


And of course there was music!  Everett St. Louis led off the entertainment.

Canterbury Musicians

Followed by the World's Smallest Quartet.


Rick Spencer wrapped up the afternoon .

Finally, what would a Fall Festival be without a few scarecrows? 



And a few fall decorations?

Jack O'Lanterns

And of course - pumpkins!

Old Home Day Pumpkins

At the very end of the day just as everyone was starting to pack up to go home guess what made an appearance?

Old Home Day Sun Flare!

Personally I think it was perfect timing! 

A big thank you is in order for all of those who put in a lot of hard work making Old Home Day a very fine event for the folks who came by! 


  1. Those pictures are real award winners, Linda, especially the ones of the older men.

  2. Fab photos Linda. I love days out like that. :)

  3. Wow looks like a fab event! Photographs are awesome, love the mixture of people shots, stalls and other stuff.

    Good luck editing the rest!

  4. Wow, love these Pictures... Girl it's time for you to be working for a magazine or something...just amazing...Wishing I was there :)

  5. Anonymous5:26 PM EDT

    Firstly, can Uncle Alton adopt me so that I may inherit those crocks?! I LOVE those!

    I think the blacksmith is VERY handsome too! Great photo.

    What a lovely day--right up my ally for greatest ways to spend the weekend!

  6. Hi. Linda's Mom and cousin Sheila! I have a cousin Sheila, too! Her mother Barbara was my father's older sister.

    I think those 2 fellas are adorable and look suspiciously like Santa's helpers. ;-)

    World's Smallest Quartet? bwahahahaha!

    As usual you did an outstanding job photographing the event! I can't wait to see more!

    Big hugs :]

  7. Well, since I couldn't join you, this was the next best thing. Great photos, as always. You really captured the spirit of the day.

    Big hugs, honey...

  8. Loved all the pics! I love this time of year for all the great festivals. Next up for me is the Heller's AppleFest and the Covered bridge Fest which includes a HUGE craft show!, OH and the Bloomsburg Fair!

    Have a great night!

  9. Your photography just gets better and better, Linda. I felt like I was right there with you. Please consider putting your work in book form sometime soon. I think it would be quite successful.

    I just published an article on Mimi Writes about the peace sculpture you found in Rhode Island last year. Remember when you suggested that I contact Mimi Sammis? I did. And she replied with permission to use an image.

    Sanni made a peace globe for her and the photos from your wonderful post are included and on the BlogBlast For Peace site today.

    Thanks again for alerting me to her work. I was thrilled to have a representation from her. She is such an ambassador for peace.


  10. this is seriously the best photos of any event i have seen. you should be their personal photographer! i wonder if you sent them some of them if something could be arranged. i mean seriously, these tell the whole story. i can almost smell the smells!

    i think you should be our group's official photographer on the bc4.

    good job!

    smiles, bee

  11. great photos linda, you have a good eye

  12. I love New England...your photos here capture it very well, too!

  13. You had me at "fudge" Yummmm, that's my downfall, fudge! Sounds and looks like it was a wonderful Fall Fair. I would have especially enjoyed watching all of the artisans at work, they make it all look so easy, don't they. Waffles baked fresh over an open pit...I would have been standing in line for one of those for sure:-) A lot of work certainly does go behind holding such a fair but I'm sure it's all worth it when they can watch the people enjoying themselves so much!! xoxo

  14. Great photos, Linda! I was a Canterbury resident many years ago, '63 to '75, and now reside in Western Wisconsin. Carl

  15. Wow!
    These pictures are great!
    Your picture of us is my current desktop as well as the band picture on our website.

  16. picture are so amazing, i like it so much


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