Bolton celebrates its heritage

By Martha Marteney - Staff Writer
Bolton - posted Thu., Aug. 25, 2011
Bolton native Anthony Fiono of Birch Mountain Farm leads the parade of 20 antique tractors, an antique pickup truck and the Fish Family Farm antique milk truck. The vehicles remained on display for the day at Bolton Center School. Photos by Donna Phillips. - Contributed Photo

Bolton celebrated its heritage starting on Sunday, Aug. 21, with several events to kick off Bolton Heritage Farm Week. Along with a farmers’ market on the Town Green, organized by Bolton First Selectman Bob Morra, there was an antique tractor parade, organized by Bolton resident Bill Phillips. Rosie the Cow, the newly-introduced mascot of Heritage Farm, was also part of the parade. Rosie was quoted as saying, “Feed the cow, fix the farm!”

Several other events were scheduled throughout the week at Bolton Heritage Farm. On Wednesday, Aug. 24, Bolton Veterinary Hospital hosted “Farm Goes to the Dogs” with a dog parade, demonstrations by East Hartford Police Officer John Zavalick with his K-9 partner, Axel, games and other dog-related activities.  Visitors also had a chance to meet members of Allan’s Angels Therapy Dog program, Fidelco guide dogs, and the birds of Horizon Wings, a birds of prey rehabilitation program. Other events were held throughout the week.

On Saturday, Aug. 27, from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and Sunday, Aug. 28, from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., a major re-enactor encampment of 18th-century troops, artillerymen, dragoon horsemen, camp followers, native Americans, craftsmen and merchants will converge at Bolton Heritage Farm to provide a major living history event. More than 300 participating living historians will portray camps from the French, American, British and Spanish armies of the time in an event that is open for the public. On Saturday and Sunday from 1:30 to 3 p.m., there will be a major tactical arms demonstration with battle formations, ammunition and cavalry action in a reenactment of the battle between the British and the American allies.

Please note that due to limited space, parking is not permitted at Heritage Farm on Saturday, Aug. 27, or Sunday, Aug. 28. Parking will be available at Bolton Center School, 108 Notch Road, and shuttle buses will transport visitors to and from Heritage Farm (one half mile). Only handicapped parking will be permitted at Heritage Farm on these days.

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