Haddam Historical Society Newsletter
News and Events April 1, 2016
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Look what we caught this morning in the Arnold House Museum. Bigger than a mouse so it must be a Rat. Probably should call the exterminator. For more on how we dealt with the rodent see below.

Elizabeth Malloy
Haddam Historical Society


The staff and Board of Directors of the Haddam Historical Society would like to thank all those who participated and supported the 43rd Annual Connecticut Spring Antiques Show. We are especially grateful for all our wonderful volunteers and the hard work they do to make the show a success. 


Show Chair: Tracy LaComb
Show Treasurer: Terry Smith
Volunteers: Amy Roper
Appearance: Gail Christie
Parking: Emily Smith
Publicity: Melissa Pionzio
Program: Bill Schneider
Dealer Lunch: Debbie Karpf & Hazel Kurlansky
Show Manager: Karen DiSaia

Claude and Nancy Albert
Mark and Jane Aldieri
Myra and Alan Aronow
Lynda Birch
Jeanne and Jack Calhoun
Rusty and Diane Clowes
Gail Christie & Mark Stephens
Carl  and Marijean Conrad
Susann and David Costa
Flo Courtright
Lisa and Bill Cowan
Kathy Curran and Patrick Pinnell
Marge DeBold
Stephanie Denkowicz
Mel Ellis
Melissa Gibson
Bill and Karen Gresham
R. Maureen Hawksley
Lynn Heise

David Kaplan 
Debbie Karpf
Lisa Karpf
Hazel Kurlansky 
Tracy LaComb
David and Elizabeth Malloy
Davy Malloy
Grace Malloy
Carol and Richard Matregrano
Gerry Matthews
Ron and MaryAlice Matulevich
Vivienne and Bob McGarry
Dianne McHutchison
Barbara and Russ Miller
Sarah and David Neal
Joanne Nesti
Sue Oehl
Cindy and Brian O'Neill
Russ Pekrul and Lynn Cooper
Melissa Pionzio
Gail Reynolds
Robert Reynolds
Lorraine Riess

Bruce Ricker
Tony and Linda Rigono
Amy Roper
Bill Schneider
Laura Schneider
Isabelle Seggerman
Carol and Terry Smith
Emily and Chris Smith
Ed and Kathy Stanton
Elaine, Joe and Jackie Stephens
Charlotte Stetson
Cindy Sullivan
Anne Farrow Taylor and Stephen Taylor
Donna Torza
Bob Waller

Garden-  Spring cleanup continues!

Deb Rutter and Cindy Sullivan cordially invite ANY and ALL to a garden clean up on  Saturday April 2 from 10-12.  Please join us if you can and enjoy the bulbs!

On the left are the small yellow Tenby daffodils (narcissus obvallaris 1796) and blue scilla Siberica Spring Beauty (1796).  The photo on the right has a close-up of the scilla.

As always, contact me if you have any questions at dgrutter@hotmail.com or 860-685-1874.   

See you in the garden!
Deb and Cindy

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

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

Daffodil Daze
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
 Belle of the Fall

Haddam Historical Society in the NEWS!

On the Radio:
Director, Elizabeth Malloy will be joining Tammi Flynn of the Florence Griswold Museum on Tuesday, April 5 at 10:15 am to be interviewed on iCRV to discuss Connecticut's Historic Gardens Day to be held on June 26, 2016. We will also talk about the gardens at each of our museums and what to expect in the upcoming growing season.

On the TV:
Haddam Historical Society  Director, Elizabeth Malloy was interviewed and filmed to be a part of Channel 8's WTNH Zip Trip Segment on Wednesday, April 6, 2015 at 5 pm. Josh Goldstein spent about an hour at the museum last week and we talked about Undina Soda and shad fishing. 

CT Places Matter

On March 23, Board Members Tracy LaComb and Dianne McHutchison and Director Elizabeth Malloy attended the CT Places Matter Rally at the State Capitol and met with State Senator Art Linares .

We attended the rally to support state funding for humanities, history, libraries and preservation!  

April Fool's....The Rat is NOT REAL