Haddam Historical Society Newsletter
News and Events April 13, 2016
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This morning our neighbor Carl mentioned the "miles and miles" of National Geographic Magazines he once had in the attic. Boy.... did that bring back memories. My parents also had an entire attic filled with National Geographic's going back to the 1930s (although the publication dates back to 1888). As a young child this was my connection to the rest of the world. I can remember spending hours on rainy days in the attic flipping through issues learning about jungles, castles and cultures. The magazines were also our best resource for school projects. Many of the attic magazines were cut up for the photographs and charts (my mother would not let us cut up the Encyclopedias). 

Today it is SO different.....everything is just a click away. When it was time to clean out my parent's attic it took days to lug all those magazines down and sadly discard (not a big market for 70 years of the journal). Do you have similar memories of National Geographic or others

Elizabeth Malloy
Haddam Historical Society

P.S, This came about because we are collecting items for the Town Wide Tag Sale on April 30, 2016. See below 
We have "Grape" Volunteers!

Kudos and thanks to Stewart Gilmour, Cindy Sullivan and Amy Roper for planting the grape vines that will adorn our new arbor. Also thank you to Deb Rutter for all her hard work on the project. We look forward to cool days and evenings under the arbor.

Whole Harmony Apothecary Tea Tasting
Sunday, April 17, 2016
3 pm to 5 pm
$10 per person
1572 Saybrook Road, Haddam

Join the Haddam Historical Society for a visit and tea tasting at Haddam's  wonderful new "old- fashioned" herbal apothecary.. Located in the historic Alpheus W. Tyler House, herbalists Stacey Wood & David Soule will share their story and passion for herbal plant medicine. Space is limited. Call 860-345-2400 for reservations. 

Haddam Neck in Pictures
Sunday, April 24, 2016
2 pm at Haddam Neck Community Schoolhouse
408 Quarry Hill Road, H.N.
Free and Open to the Public

Join the Haddam Historical Society for a slide show/PowerPoint presentation of historic photographs of Haddam Neck from the archives of the Society as well as personal collections of long-time residents including Walter Olsen. Photos will also be on display.
We invite you to enjoy and comment on some of these never-before-seen photographs. We also invite Haddam Neck residents to share their photos of the Neck prior to 1980. Admission is free.  For additional information call 860-345-2400 or email
director@haddamhistory.org .

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

Haddam Historical Society Annual Meeting
Thursday, May 19, 2016
6:30 PM Business Meeting
 7:00 PM Presentation
Location: Haddam Town Hall/Brainerd Academy, 21 Field Park Drive, Haddam, CT
Admission is Free
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 and of course Dr. Joseph Zaientz of the Haddam Shad Museum. They will reminisce about night fishing, reaches, and shad shacks.

Collecting for Town Wide Tag Sale!

The Haddam Historical Society will be participating in the Town Wide Tag Sale on April 30, 2016 with space at Haddam Elementary School. We are accepting good quality donations at the museum up until April 29. Drop by during office and museum hours. Please note that we are not accepting clothes or children's toys. Thank you in advance. Questions????? Call 860-345-2400. 
Strawberry Shrub Syrup:
  • 1 lb strawberries, cored and quartered (about 2 and 1/2 cups)
  • 2 and 1/2 cups granulated sugar
  • 1 and 1/2 - 2 cups unfiltered apple cider vinegar (depending on taste preference)

  1. Prepare Strawberry Shrub Syrup: Combine the hulled and quartered strawberries and sugar in a large bowl. Stir together. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and refrigerate for a minimum of 8 hours (or as long as 48 hours), stirring once or twice to mix any sugar that settles at the bottom of the bowl. As the mixture sits, it will become more and more syrup-y and liquid-y.
  2. Once the syrup is ready, stir the mixture once again, scraping the bottom of the bowl. Using a slotted spoon, remove the solid strawberry pieces, pressing them against the side of the bowl to release any additional juice--this mixture should yield roughly 2 cups of strawberry simple syrup. Don't worry if all the sugar has not dissolved.
  3. Whisk the vinegar (depending on taste preference, add between 1 and 1/2 to 2 cups vinegar (I did two cups) into the strawberry syrup. Place the shrub syrup in a glass or plastic bottle (including any undissolved sugar), seal well, and shake. Store in the fridge for up to a month.
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