HERITAGE WEEKEND SATURDAY, MAY 23 AND SUNDAY, MAY 24, 2015
Take a step back in time with the town of Wethersfield at the annual Heritage Weekend. Wethersfield Historical Society will take part in the celebration of Wethersfield’s rich history and culture as we rededicate the newly restored Cove Warehouse Maritime Museum 80 years to the day after its original dedication in 1934. Saturday will begin with the Town of Wethersfield’s Memorial Day parade which will start in Cove Park as Wethersfield Historical Society hosts reenactors with horses, artillery and crafts on the front lawn of the Keeney Memorial Cultural Center, 200 Main Street. At 10:00 am Webb-Deane-Stevens Museum hosts its 6th Annual Revolutionary War Encampment with horsemanship demonstrations, 18th century open fire cookery and period music. Then the Wethersfield Historical Society reenactors will move to Warehouse Park at the north end of Main Street at 1:00 pm where everyone can see the Bateau, an early colonial trading vessel with oars and sails. After the rededication of the Cove Warehouse Maritime Museum with local officials, Wethersfield Historical Society welcomes Wethersfield’s own Red Onion Vintage Baseball Team who will play a 19th century ball game for spectators at Cove Park.
On Sunday, Comstock, Ferre & Co., purveyor of heirloom seeds for more than 200 years, will celebrate spring and the gardening season with its 4th annual Heirloom Festival on May 25 from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. at 263 Main Street, Old Wethersfield, rain or shine. Visitors will take a step back in time to the simple pleasures of traditional music, time-honored crafts, and farm-fresh food for a fun-filled day for the entire family. A number of nationally and internationally acclaimed speakers will present engaging talks on a wide variety of horticultural, clean food, sustainability and GMO topics. Celebrate spring and explore the rich history of Wethersfield agriculture with lectures from “pure food” and gardening experts and local artisans. Children are our special guests for Heritage Weekend. They will have fun and learn something too! For more information visit www.comstockferre.com.
Thanks to all the participating organizations that are working together to make this event so meaningful to our community: Wethersfield Historical Society, Comstock, Ferre & Co., Town of Wethersfield, Red Onion Vintage Base Ball Club, 2nd Continental Light Dragoons Sheldon’s Horse, Old Wethersfield Shopkeepers Association, Wethersfield Chamber of Commerce, United Train of Artillery, Doughty’s Artillery, Crew of the Raven, 11th CT SAR Color Guard Militia and Mabee Farm Boat Crew.
The following weekend come back to Wethersfield to enjoy the Chamber of Commerce and Town of Wethersfield’s fireworks Saturday, May 30, 5 pm at Cove Park on State Street.
Heritage Weekend Calendar
Saturday, May 23
9:00 am – Town of Wethersfield’s Memorial Day Parade, Cove Park
9:00 am – 1:00 pm – Wethersfield Historical Society’s reenactors, front lawn of the Keeney Memorial
Cultural Center, 200 Main Street
10:00 am – 4:00 pm – Webb-Deane-Stevens Museum 6th Annual Revolutionary War Encampment
1:00 pm – 3:00 pm – Reenactors exhibit the Bateau trading vessel at the Cove, north end of Main Street
1:30 pm – Wethersfield Historical Society’s grand rededication of the Cove Warehouse Maritime Museum
2:30 pm – Red Onion Vintage Base Ball Team plays at Cove Park
Sunday, May 24
5th Annual Heirloom Festival
Comstock Ferre & Co., 263 Main St, Wethersfield, CT 06109
10:00 am – 6:00 pm
For more information, contact:
Wethersfield Historical Society at 860.529.7656
Comstock Ferre at 860.571.6590
History Day for Families as part of the Heritage Weekend is supported by the Robert Allen Keeney Memorial Fund at the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving.
The Lantern Light Tours continue to be in popular demand for a spooky and historical account of Wethersfield’s past. Join your guide as you travel through history on Main Street and in the Ancient Burying Ground.
Tickets are pre-sale, $15 per person. Suggested age is 13 & over. Tours begin and end at the Keeney Memorial Cultural Center.
For more information see the event page here!