Haddam Historical Society Newsletter
News and Events April 28, 2016
In This Issue


Busy, busy, busy! That about sums it up. Lots of things going on at the Arnold House Museum and Haddam Historical Society and we hope you can join us at an upcoming event or program.

On April 17th we had a wonderful and informative visit to Whole Harmony Apothecary in Tylerville. The group learned so much about the positive attributes and health benefits of herbs. Stacy and Dave have done a fabulous job converting the historic property to a successful business. 

My favorite part of the afternoon was climbing the cupola of the historic Alpheus Tyler House. The space had windows on all sides and featured signatures of visitors from years past including Charles Stewart from 1911. At one time it had been used as a club house by young boys who called it "Fort High Air" and had clup (sp) rules- "
NO tailing and NO swairing" (sp). The list of members were JB, Colin, Mark and Bob. Poor Colin must have "swaired" because a later rule  written on the wall was "keep Colin out". 

I have fond memories of all our "clubs" and "forts" growing up in Haddam Neck including the "Smart Club" (combination of Smith and Hart) which was in the woods behind our house. We also had Tonka Town where each of us had our own "house"  and place of business. Do you have memories of your "clubs"? We would love to share.  

Elizabeth Malloy
Haddam Historical Society

Daffodil Daze, Sunday
Sunday, May 1, 2016
Thankful Arnold House Museum, 14 Hayden Hill Road, Haddam, CT
1:00 to 3:00 - Free Admission
Crafts, Tours and daffodil viewing. Last fall the museum planted over 2500 spring bulbs on the grounds. Join us for a splendor of color.

4:00 pm to 6:00 pm-$10 per person
Special Garden Concert by
Belle of the Fall
Belle of the Fall is Tracy Walton and Julia Autumn Ford; an indie folk duo with a chaser of bad ass.

"Shrub Off" Tasting
Shrubs are an intriguing blend of fruit, sugar, and vinegar created during the Colonial Era to preserve fruit long after harvest and serve as a thirst quencher. Also known as "drinking vinegars" or "switchel" the drink is making a comeback as both a cocktail and soft drink. A number of different fruit and savory shrubs will be available for tasting with spirits or seltzer. We encourage members and friends to craft a shrub and share with us at our first "shrub off". Prizes will be awarded

  Visit us on Saturday, April 30 at the Town Wide Tag Sale at Haddam Elementary School. We will be there from 8 am to 3 pm. 
Haddam Historical Society Annual Meeting Program
Town Hall/Brainerd Academy,
21 Field Park Drive, Haddam

Thursday, May 19, 2016
6:30 PM Business Meeting
 7:00 PM Presentation

Shad fishing in Haddam
Join the Haddam Historical Society for an evening of Shad and Stories.  Stephen Gephard,  Supervising Fisheries Biologist of the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection will talk about shad and their history in the Connecticut River. This will be followed by a panel of local shad fishermen including Jack Calhoun, Rob Nettleton, Fred Hartke, Dale DeCarli, JB Lundgren, Dick Williams and of course  Dr. Joseph Zaientz  of the Haddam Shad Museum. They will reminisce about night fishing, reaches, and shad shacks.
Free and Open to the Public. Light Refreshments. 

Haddam Neck in Pictures

Thank you to everyone who helped out or contributed to last weekend's Haddam Neck in Pictures program. Special shout out to Amy Roper, Dianne and Annie McHutchison and Kate Morrison for all their help. About 60 people enjoyed the show and it was standing room only. 

We will host another Haddam/Higganum picture show in the Fall.