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Historical Society Needs some help

Haddam Historical Society News and Events
submitted 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 [email protected] 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 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.

Thank you to our friend and neighbor James Shahrigian who volunteered at the museum
as part of Voya’s community outreach program. Thanks James!