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Wethersfield Historical Society will host the 10th annual Taste of Wethersfield benefit Saturday, April 11, 2015 from 7:00-9:00 pm at the Wethersfield Museum in the Keeney Memorial Cultural Center, 200 Main Street, Wethersfield, CT.  Do not miss the tastiest time in town!  Enjoy lively musical entertainment while you immerse yourself in the inspired dishes from some of the best restaurants and caterers in the Greater Hartford community.  Savor a variety of great wines and beers that pair well with the food tastings and put in your bid for some of the great items at our silent auction.  Celebrate with friends and try new things at this fun event that helps fund Wethersfield Historical Society’s free or low cost educational and cultural programming for children and adults.

For one price, attendees gain access to all the food and drink at the event.  General admission tickets are $35 when purchased in advance through Friday, April 10 at 4:00 pm.  They can be purchased online at , by mailing a check or coming in person to our administrative offices at 150 Main Street, Wethersfield, CT 06109 from 10am-4pm Tuesday through Friday, or in person at the Wethersfield Museum at 200 Main Street from 10am-4pm Tuesday through Saturday and 1-4pm Sundays. General admission tickets can also be purchased at the door for $40.  Patron tickets can be purchased via mail or in person only at the administrative offices at 150 Main Street for $55.  Patrons enjoy early admission at 6:00 pm with full access to the food, drink and entertainment, as well as a special prize drawing just for them.  This event is only open to attendees 21 and over.

The Keeney Memorial Cultural Center offers ample free parking and is handicapped accessible. For more information, contact the society offices at 860.529.7656.



 Contact: Rachel Zilinski  860.529.7656 or

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Wethersfield Historical Society presents our 2015 Lecture Series.  This year’s series will discuss the Connecticut State Prison in order to enhance our new exhibit, Castle on the Cove: The Connecticut State Prison and Wethersfield.  The cost is $5, free to members.  All lectures are at 7:00 pm in the Keeney Ballroom at the Wethersfield Museum at the Keeney Memorial Cultural Center, 200 Main Street, Wethersfield.

February 2 – RESCHEDULED FOR MARCH 23   Patrick Hynes, PhD., Director of the Best Practices Unit for the CT Department of Correction – “Corrections in Connecticut and the United States: A Quarter Century of Change.”

March 9    Frank Winiarski – “A Concise History of the Wethersfield State Prison,” an informative examination of the prison by the local prison expert.

Women on Our OwnApril 20    The Judy Dworin Performance Project – “Who Do They Think We Are? – Perceptions and Misperceptions of Women and Prison” with Women on Our Own, a singing and spoken word performance group of women that have resided at York Correctional Institution.

May 4    Robert H. Steele – “Connecticut’s Indian Casinos:  Past, Present and Future.” a lecture on his book The Curse with emphasis on Wethersfield’s involvement in the Pequot War.

The Lecture Series is made possible through a grant from the Robert Allan Keeney Memorial Fund at The Hartford Foundation for Public Giving. For more information call 860.529.7656.


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Whiffenpoofs 2015-3Wethersfield Historical Society will launch the 22nd year of its Keeney Cultural Series at the Wethersfield Museum at the Keeney Memorial Cultural Center Sunday, January 18, 2015 at 4:00 pm followed by additional concerts February 8 and March 8.  This year we welcome acts that will enliven three of even the grayest winter afternoons, and for our last two concerts, BYOB and enjoy our cabaret style cocktail table seating.   “We are delighted to be able to bring such high quality musical performers and make them accessible and affordable for our community,” notes Wethersfield Historical Society Executive Director Amy Northrop Wittorff.

Tickets for individual concerts are $20.00 for members and $22.00 for non-members. Subscribe to the whole series and enjoy a discount and preferred seating. Tickets for the complete series are $52.00 for members or students and $60.00 for non-members.

The series opens January 18, 2015 at 4:00 pm in the Keeney Ballroom with the return of a nationwide favorite…The Yale Whiffenpoofs! Back by popular demand, this year’s concert series launches with the humorous and energetic music of the Yale Whiffenpoofs, America’s oldest collegiate a cappella group. Audiences have included such notable figures as Presidents Obama and Bush, the Dalai Lama, Mother Theresa, and fans at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, the Rose Bowl, the World Series, Saturday Night Live, NBC’s The Sing-Off, and the season four finale of Glee.

Sunday, February 8, 2015 at 4:00 pm we welcome The Nifty Fifties Band, a New England favorite at many top venues and at public events and festivals like The Special Olympics, First Night and The Taste of Hartford. From the first notes of their opening number through the big finish of their encores, it is clear that this is no ordinary “oldies” band. The group

wheels through tightly choreographed rockin’ favorites, spins into some showy doo-wop, and then segues seamlessly in to slow dancing ballads, rich with four-part harmonies. Come enjoy the music, BYOB and bring a friend to our cocktail table cabaret style seating.

Savage Brothers Band

Savage Brothers Band

The Savage Brothers is a Hartford based band established in 1984 featuring a two piece horn section and three brothers of the same last name…Savage. They will be playing at the Keeney Ballroom Sunday, March 8, 2015 at 4:00 pm. The band has performed over 4000 shows all over New England, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Mexico. The Savage Brothers have shared the stage with such acts such as Tower of Power, Joan Osborne, James Cotton, Southside Johnny, Lisa Lisa, The Guess Who, Marshall Tucker, and John Cafferty. They appeal to audiences of all ages with modern renditions of a wide range of songs we all love. BYOB and enjoy the cocktail table cabaret style seating with a friends and family.

The Keeney Cultural Series concerts are made possible through a grant from the Robert Allan Keeney Memorial Fund at The Hartford Foundation for Public Giving. For more information call 860.529.7656 or log onto