2024 Calendar of Events

Welcome to Wethersfield Historical Society’s 2024 Calendar of Events page. The following list is essentially a “save the date” guide for 2024. Check back often as information about specific events will be updated as it becomes available. We look forward to seeing you at many, if not all, of our program events this year.

JUNE

June 1 through June 26 – Wethersfield Art League Show

Wethersfield Historical Society is pleased to partner with Wethersfield Art League in presenting the 2024 Wethersfield Art League Show. The exhibit showcases creative media that includes paintings, mixed media, sculpture, pottery, fiber art, and carved wood. Judging the show this year is Karl Bayek, art teacher at Wethersfield High School. Awards will be given at the opening reception on June 1st from 1:00 pm – 3 pm. The exhibit is on view through June 26 at the Watson Gallery in the Keeney Memorial Cultural Center (200 Main Street, Wethersfield) during regular museum hours. Tuesday – Saturday, 10am to 4pm, and Sundays, 1pm to 4pm.

There is no admission charge, but donations are gratefully accepted.

JULY

Originally in jeopardy due to insufficient grant funding, this year’s Keeney Koolers Concert Series will take place as usual thanks to the generosity of two magnanimous donors. While disaster was narrowly averted this year, it only serves to highlight the society’s need for generous community support if it’s to continue its mission  to “preserve and promote Wethersfield’s history and culture to inspire people today and tomorrow”. If you haven’t done so already, please consider becoming a member or making a donation in support of the society’s educational and cultural programming. Please visit the Donations page on the society’s website here and give electronically. If you’d prefer to give by check, make it payable to Wethersfield Historical Society and mail to:

Wethersfield Historical Society
150 Main Street
Wethersfield, CT 06109

Corporate sponsorship opportunities are available for all three shows. Email the office at society@wethersfieldhistory.org for more information.

Past performers have included Mass-Conn-Fusion, Ed Fast & Conga Bop, The Patty Tuite Group, and everybody’s favorite Beatles tribute Band Number Nine.

Tuesday, July 16, 6:30 pm
Keeney Koolers I: Mass-Conn-Fusion

Mass-Conn-Fusion performing at 2022’s Keeney Koolers

Tuesday, July 23, 6:30 pm
Keeney Koolers II: The Patty Tuite Group

The Patty Tuite Group perform on Keeney Koolers 2022

Tuesday, July 30, 6:30 pm
Keeney Koolers III: Number Nine

Number Nine performing on Keeney Koolers

 

OCTOBER

Saturday, October 5, 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
42nd Annual Old Wethersfield Arts & Crafts Fair

The Old Wethersfield Arts & Crafts Fair returns to Cove Park for the 42nd time on Saturday, October 5 from 10 am to 4 pm. Join over 90 juried artisans and vendors for a unique shopping experience! All proceeds from this event directly support Wethersfield Historical Society and its mission. Advanced tickets: $7 and go on sale September 1, 2024. Purchased at the gate, admission is $10. Current members of Wethersfield Historical Society and children under 12 accompanied by an adult are admitted free of charge.

 

Friday, October 11 & Saturday, October 12, 6:30 pm
(Third evening of performances to be announced)
15th Annual Old Wethersfield Lantern Light Tours

Old Wethersfield Lantern Light Tours return for the 15th time on Friday, October 11, Saturday, October 12, and this year due to popular demand, the society will be adding a third evening of performances, the date of which has yet to be determined. Tours start at 6:30 pm and depart every 15 minutes from the Keeney Memorial Cultural Center (200 Main Street, Wethersfield) until 8:00 pm. Tours progress through the historic Hurlbut-Dunham House, First Church, and the Ancient Burying Ground and meet fascinating figures from Wethersfield’s past along the route. This year’s theme is “Drinks” and features stories of Wethersfield families who produced, sold, or opposed the sale of beverages.

Tickets are $25 per person and go on sale September 8. They can be purchased on line or at the society’s offices in the Old Academy.

Saturday, October 26, 7:00 pm – 10:30 pm (Patron Hour 6 pm) 3rd Annual Witch of Blackbird Pond Ball

The Witch of Blackbird Pond Ball magically reappears in the Keeney Memorial Cultural Center on Saturday, October 26 from 7 pm – 10:30 pm. A 21-and-over event, the Ball features local refreshments, music, dancing, cocktails, potions, and other spellbinding activities!  This year opens with a patron hour at 6:00 pm. Tickets go on sale September 15th. Patrons: $100 per person. General admission: $75. All proceeds support WHS’ educational programming.

DECEMBER

Saturday, December 7 & Sunday, December 8, 1 pm – 4 pm
Saturday, December 14 & Sunday, December 15, 1 pm – 4 pm
Hurlbut-Dunham House Decorated for the Holidays

Wethersfield Historical Society opens the Hurlbut-Dunham House for free tours the first two weekends in December. The house has been festively decorated for the holidays and ready to celebrate a Victorian Christmas. The house will be open from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm on Saturdays (December 7 and 14) and Sundays (December 8 and 15). The historic Hurlbut-Dunham House is located at 212 Main Street in Wethersfield.