Marlborough gets ready for Labor Day events


Marlborough gets ready for Labor Day events
Marlborough High School Marching Panther Band drummers keep the beat along the parade route. (Photo/Ed Karvoski Jr.)

MARLBOROUGH – A patriotic parade, the tastes and sounds of Greece, a charity bed race, a concert on the common and even a walk along the beach will highlight the upcoming Labor Day Weekend in Marlborough.

Greek Festival

The three-day Greek Festival will be held rain or shine at the church located at Cashman and Central streets, on Saturday, Sept. 3, noon to 11 p.m.; Sunday, Sept. 4, noon to 11 p.m.; and Monday, Sept. 5, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Admission is free.

“It’s lamb shank, pita and loukoumathes season in Marlborough,” explained Betty Peltekis, a member of the church.  

Along with the shanks, you’ll find both lamb and chicken shish-ke-bab, spanakopita, Pastitsio  and much more.  

Hoping you save room for deserts, Peltekis said there will be: Baklava, Finikia, and more including a new chocolate koulourakia.

“Music is played throughout the Festival by Marlborough’s own George “Regas” Regan,” stated Peltekis. 

There will be Greek music, dancing, performances, souvenirs, children’s activities, beer and wine, and guided church tours.

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Labor Day activities

The 70th Annual City of Marlborough Labor Day Parade will begin at noon on Monday, Sept. 5, at the corner of Lincoln and Pleasant streets, with the decorated floats, marching bands, clowns and politicians that typically make up the parade.  

“This year’s Grand Marshal, Matt Sargent,” said Parade Director Melanie Whapham, “will be presented on a float highlighting his many efforts to preserve the history of our veterans.”  

Steve Symes of Marlborough will portray Abe Lincoln along the 1.7-mile parade route, an attraction he has shared for over 30 years.

“The Aleppo Shriners of Wilmington are bringing their full parade contingent of bands, cars, trucks and scooters,” said Whapham.

The parade begins at Lincoln and Pleasant streets and proceeds west onto Lincoln Street, south onto Broad Street, east onto West Main Street and continues onto Main Street, turns south on Maple Street and ends at the intersection of Maple Street, South Bolton Street and John Street.

The Allens, a Marlborough-based rock band playing classic to modern rock, will perform a concert in Union Common, on Sunday, Sept. 4, 6 to 7:30 p.m.

The Marlborough Lions Club is hosting their Annual Labor Day Bed Race from 9:30-10:30 on Main Street. 

“There will be about 15-20 beds racing,” explained Lion member Laura Koester, “including one in memory of our former King Lion John Mazza.”

Football players and cheerleaders from local high schools will be running the beds sponsored by various businesses in our community. 

The First Church in Marlborough, Congregational, will continue its annual Labor Day Barbecue on Union Common on Sept. 5, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.  Union Common is located at the corner of Main and Bolton (Rte. 85) streets. The menu includes sausage sandwiches, hot dogs, sodas and more.

Marlborough’s Memorial Beach, off Hosmer Street, will be open Labor Day Weekend on Saturday, Sept. 3, Sunday, Sept. 4 and Monday Sept. 5, 11:30 a.m. to 5:45 p.m.  Admission is free for Marlborough residents.