Haddam Historical Society
News and Events
July 20, 2017

We Need Your Help in the Garden!

Garden Watering Help!!

We are looking for volunteers to water the museum gardens from now through mid-September. We offer weekly slots from Monday through Sunday for the rest of the summer.  Priorities are the vegetable garden, the pots, the bed next to the arbor, the plants where the stone wall was repaired and the side borders because we have so many new plants. If time allows and it has been very dry, then everything would benefit.

If you are able to volunteer for a week please email Lisa at director@haddamhistory.org with dates available. Hose is all hooked up and ready to go. It is lovely to be in the garden and listen to the bees buzz and birds sing.

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Haddam Neck Fair Tour

Sunday, September 3, 2017
2:30 to 3:15 pm
Meet in front of the Haddam Neck Grange Hall

Free with admission to the fair
Join Haddam Historical Society Executive Director, Elizabeth Malloy for a fun and informative tour of the Haddam Neck Fair Grounds. Co-author of the Haddam Neck Fair 100 Year History, Malloy will cover architectural highlights and historical anecdotes. Participants will meet long time fair attendees (90 plus years) and former winners of the baby contest. Visitors will learn fascinating tidbits about one of Connecticut's oldest agricultural fairs.  The tour will start at the front of the Grange Hall. 

Haddam Historical Society presents
Heart of the Home Kitchen Tour
Saturday, September 23, 2017
11 am to 4 pm

On Saturday, September 23, 2017 the Haddam Historical Society will host a tour of seven stunning kitchens from 11 am to 4 pm. The tour will feature some of Haddam's and Higganum's most fabulous kitchens dating from the 1700s to today. Many of the highlighted kitchens have been innovatively and professionally renovated and demonstrate how a new kitchen can work in an old house.

 Visitors will also view historic 18th century kitchens where cooking was done on the hearth. Each stop on the tour will feature a special demonstration, display or tasting. Tickets are $25 per person in advance and $30 day of the tour.  Please visit www.haddamhistory.org for additional information.

Croquet and Chardonnay

The Historical Society held its first annual croquet tournament on July 8 at the lovely home of Stephanie Denkowicz and Aydin Caginalp. Over 50 people participated either by sampling the Chardonnay or playing croquet. There were four courts aptly named- East Street, Short Course, Pond Side and the INFAMOUS Heartbreak Hill. 

Golden Mallets were awarded to Pat Hartman, Bill Schneider, Russ Pekrul and Ron Matulevich. The grand champion of the day was Emily Smith who made a stunning come back on Heartbreak Hill to poison Kevin LaComb at dusk. 

We would like to thank the Events Committee who made everything possible including Amy and Doug Roper, Carol and Terry Smith, Tracy and Kevin LaComb, Laura Schneider, Marijean Conrad, Dianne McHutchison, Diane Clowes, Ron and Mary Alice Matulevich, Emily Smith, Sue and Dave Costa. A special thank you to course designers Tim Jarrell and Kevin LaComb.

Hat trophies were awarded to Amy Roper, Michael Arseneault, Gerry Matthews, Stephanie Denkowicz and Sue Costa.

Thank you to Stephanie and Aydin for hosting the event and truly fabulous evening.

Garden Brochure

The Haddam Historical Society is proud to announce the publication of our new garden brochure which was designed with a $1250 grant from the Community Foundation of Middlesex County. The informational pamphlet highlights the herbs grown in the Thankful Arnold House's historic kitchen garden with illustrations and map.

The brochure assists visitors as they tour the historic herb garden and provide them with essential information including name of plant (common and Latin), type, features, characteristics, and how they were used in the 19th century. The publication also includes a brief history of the garden itself and how herbs were an important part of Thankful Arnold's life in the early 19th century. A full- page reference guide provides information on books, area period gardens, plant sources and other valuable resources. The society would like to thank garden chairs Deborah Rutter and Cindy Sullivan for all their hard work on producing the brochure.

The Community Foundation of Middlesex County is a nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the quality of life in Middlesex County and to help Good People Do Great Things. Its two-fold mission is: (1) to work with charitably-minded individuals and organizations to build permanent endowments and other charitable funds; and (2) to support local nonprofit organizations through effective grant making, in order to address community needs, as well as Let Good Grow. Since its founding in 1997, the Community Foundation has provided 1,815 grants, totaling more than $5.4 million, to organizations for the arts, cultural and heritage programs, educational activities, environmental improvements, and for health and human services.


T hank you to our friend and neighbor James Shahrigian who volunteered at the museum as part of Voya's community outreach program. Thanks James!
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