Please join us for “Traditions Carried Forward; a Bridal Showcase of Old Wethersfield” on Saturday, February 29th from 12-4 PM at the Keeney Memorial Cultural Center (200 Main Street) and the elegant Hurlbut-Dunham House next door. Brides-to-be can enjoy the charming surroundings and envision their upcoming celebration in one of newengland.com’s “Prettiest Winter Villages”. Local wedding and event specialists will be on hand to share ideas, trends, and traditions re-imagined for that special day. Also the historical society’s exhibit “Wethersfield Wedding Traditions” will be open during the showcase, featuring rare gowns from the 19th century and formal attire from around the world to provide inspiration from the past.
Curated vendors will provide carefully selected wines and champagne, delicious baked goods, and sample tastings of food from the area’s finest chefs. Exclusive packages will be made available to attendees from top-of-the-line photographers, rental companies, musician/DJs, dance studios, and jewelers. Wethersfield Travel will be on hand to assist with your honeymoon planning and Wethersfield’s own Larissa Lake and Co.founder Larissa Lake will offer a special hair and makeup demonstration.
Traditions Carried Forward isn’t just for those with a wedding in the near future. Any one planning a social gathering of any size – a significant anniversary, a major birthday, or a party “just because” – should attend to see the wide variety of locally available services (and venues) to turn any event into a memorable occasion.
Admission is $10.00. Tickets can be purchased in advance by clicking here or at the Old Academy (150 Main Street)Tuesday through Friday 10:00 am to 4:00 pm. The first 25 attendees will receive a unique “swag bag” and all attendees will be entered into a grand prize drawing. Ample free parking is available behind the Keeney Center.
On Sunday afternoon, January 26, Wethersfield Historical Society executive director Amy Wittorff presented a hearth cooking demonstration at the historic home of Paul Bourdon. (Mr. Bourdon’s home was scrupulously restored to its 1637 state by previous owners Paul and Donna Courchaine). Participation was limited to only six people, owing to space limitations imposed by the size of the hearth itself. Judging from the overwhelmingly positive response to both the workshop and the food, it is almost a certainty WHS will do another of this type of event. Please check back here and our Facebook page often so as not to miss out on these unique opportunities.
Wethersfield Historical Society wishes you and yours a Happy and Prosperous New Year! We are hard at work preparing for another exciting, informative, and historic year of programs ahead. Some are returning favorites, like the Taste of Wethersfield(which celebrates its fifteenth anniversary this year), Heritage Weekend, the 39th Old Wethersfield Arts and Crafts Fair and the triennial House Tour while others are being unveiled for the first time (like this Fall’s Farm Dinner). Be sure to check back here often and visit our Facebook page @WethersfieldHistory to stay up on the latest information as it becomes available. Meanwhile, here are some dates to keep in mind:
March 29 – Keeney Concert Series: The Jolly Beggars
April 4 – Taste of Wethersfield XV
May 14 & 16 – Ancient Burying Ground Tour
May 23 – Heritage Weekend (Hurlbut-Dunham House and the Cove Warehouse open for the season).
June 13 – Triennial House Tour
June 18 & 20 – Ancient Burying Ground Tour
July 7, 14, 21, & 28 – Keeney Koolers Concert Series
September 17 – Farm Dinner
September 24 & 26 – Ancient Burying Ground Tour
October 3 – 39th Old Wethersfield Arts and Crafts Fair October 16 & 17 Old Wethersfield Lantern Light Tours
December 3 – Holidays on Main
December 5 & 6, 12 & 13 – Hurlbut-Dunham House open for free holiday tours
(This is by no means a complete list of what’s in store on the calendar. All events will be published in full as soon as all details are confirmed).
The governing board of the Wethersfield Historical Society and executive director Amy Northrop Wittorff have an important announcement regarding the Captain James Francis House they would like to share with the community. To read this announcement, please click here.