Event CalendarChatham Historical Society
Jan 6, 2018
David K. Leff
The Chatham Historical Society and East Hampton Library are co-sponsoring a talk by naturalist writer, David Leff, on Sat. Jan. 6, 2018 at 1 pm at the East Hampton Library Community Room at 105 Main St. in East Hampton. Leff will present a slide presentation on his book, Maple Sugaring: Keeping It Real in New England. The talk is part of the “Cabin Fever Winter Talk History Program.”
Join David for a slide illustrated talk about maple sugaring. Explore the mysteries and mystique of maple sugaring and meet the dedicated, sometimes quirky folks who make it. Find out how this unique and ancient northeastern North American product was discovered and the high tech techniques it takes to produce it today. Are sugarmakers the canary in the coal mine for climate change? Why do some people think maple syrup is the next miracle food? Learn how you can make and enjoy your own syrup. As a former sugarmaker and board member of the Connecticut Maple Syrup Producers Association, he’ll give you an insider’s view. Books will be available for sale and signing. A great gift for anyone who loves New England.
Directions: From the Stop & Shop on Route 66 in East Hampton go south on Main St. for approx. .5 mile. The library is on the left side of the road.
Feb 10, 2018
Connecticut Lore is an offbeat travel guide to more than 58 unusual and out-of-the-way places. Learn the history of Connecticut through tales of legends, folklore, and personal anecdotes and discover the truth about the abandoned Holy Land, Moodus resorts, and other places. Lamothe has discovered that Connecticut is “full of surprises” and worth investigating whether you’re a local or an out-of-towner. Nooks and crannies are inhabited by ghost towns, large man-beasts, and inbred creatures with oblong heads. Folk artists who created religious sanctuaries out of trash are just some of the oddities you will see. Visit abandoned Norwich State Hospital and Daniel’s Village, hear stories of demonic possessions, and discover the mysteries of Plum Island and the lore of Pirate treasure and witchcraft. Lamothe has also written More Connecticut Lore: Guidebook to 82 Strange Locations. His books will be available for sale and signing.
Zachary Lamothe, a native of Norwich, Conn., was always intrigued by local lore and history. Today, he lives in the Boston area and enjoys the Red Sox, music, and exploring the world around him.
March 10, 2018
Join Don Burr, a member of the CHS, for a Power Point presentation on his many trips that have taken him to over 34 countries and six continents. Some of the places he will describe and show photos are: England, Japan, Netherlands, Germany, Poland Russia, Laos, Cambodia, Taiwan, Korea, India, Nepal, Egypt, Mexico, Portugal, Zimbabwe, China, and Israel. It will be a mini trip around the world.
The event is free and open to the public. Seating in the library limited to 80 people so come early. You may register at the library or call (860) 267-6621. Refreshments will be served and good
March 24, 2018
The Chatham Historical Society will host its 23rd annual Antique Appraisal Day, Saturday, March 24 from 9 -1 at the East Hampton Library Community Room, 105 Main Street. There will be four appraisers on site: Bill Barrows of Thomas Barrows and Sons, Ltd. of Portland, Larry Shapiro of Glastonbury Appraisals, and Michael Westman and Justine DeMetrick of Newport, R.I.
Verbal appraisals will be given on furniture, glassware, china, artwork, musical instruments, military pieces, dolls, jewelry, quilts as well as European, Asian, and Island items and more. There is a suggested donation of $6 per item for this event. This is a major fundraiser for the continual upkeep of the society’s two museum buildings and 1840 one-room schoolhouse on Bevin Boulevard.
Light refreshments of coffee, tea, cookies, fruit, and assorted desserts can also be purchased. For more information, call 860 267-8953.
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Imagine selling a painting at a yard sale for $1.00, then learning the buyer later sold it at auction for $10,000. You’d want to kick yourself.
On the PBS program “Antiques Roadshow,” You frequently get people bringing in something that they bought for $5 that’s worth $3,000 to $4,000.
Whether you want to know an item’s value for a sale, insurance coverage, estate valuation, a charitable donation, or just to satisfy your curiosity, it’s often worth spending our suggested $6.00 per item to find out.
April 23, 2018
East Hampton Walk
Hunt Voelker, a native of East Hampton, will lead the walk. He has lived in East Hampton for 90 years and has strong interest in East Hampton’s history and is interested in sharing it with others.
June 6, 2018
Chatham Historical Society (CHS) member Marty Podskoch will lead the walk that will begin at the CHS Museum Complex at 6 Bevin Boulevard. Parking is available by the museum or behind the Center School.
The tour will first go to the Congregational Church on Main St. and learn its history and include a walk through its facilities. The group will then walk to the Bethlehem Lutheran Church on East High St. The final stop on the tour will be St. Patrick’s Catholic Church on West High St. The tour will then return to the CHS Museum that will be open to explore. Those that are unable to walk can still participate by traveling by car.
June 17, 2018
Town Tag Sale
August 5, 2018
Bevin Bell Tour
The Chatham Historical Society is hosting a walking tour of the Bevin Bell Factory in East Hampton on Sunday at 1 p.m. Walkers will learn the history of the company tour the factory, and learn how the bells are made. They will also visit the original factory site that was destroyed by fire in 2012. The walk is sponsored East Hampton Parks and Recreation Dept.
During the early 1800s, Abner and William Bevin became indentured servants to William Barton, the first bell maker in what became the modern town of East Hampton. After finishing out their obligations to Barton, the two brothers set up small foundries in their backyards and began casting bells. They decided to go into business together in 1832. With the addition of brothers Chauncey and Philo, the Bevin Brothers Manufacturing Company truly became a family business. The company thrived well into the 1900s by producing a wide variety of bells for shipment all over the world. Bevin Brothers made tea bells, ice cream bells, door bells, naval bells, and even replicas of the Liberty Bell.
August 25, 2018
Chatham Historical Society Square Dance
August – 25th 7 -8:30pm
Bay Point Club
24 Spellman’s Point
East Hampton, CT
Admission $5 per person limit 1st 60 people.
Register with Historical Society Member Don Burr @ (860) 267-2974
Sponsored by the East Hampton Parks and Recreation Dept. Come and swing your partner and have lots of fun.
Bill Mager from Andover will be calling at the dance. He has been calling since 1980 when he started calling for teen clubs in Connecticut. He regularly calls for three area square dance clubs: Glastonbury, Central Valley, and Hayloft Steppers. Bill is one of the busiest and sought after callers in New England.
Don’t worry if you never attended a square dance because Bill will give beginning instructions. So don’t miss out on this fun, energetic, and entertaining dancing experience.
Directions: From Stop and Shop on Rt. 66 drive 1.6 miles on North Main St. as it travels along Lake Pocotopaug. At Mott Hill Rd. on the left stay to the right and travel on Lake Rd. for.3 mi. to Spellman Pt. Rd. Turn right and drive .1 mi. to the Bay Point Club. There is a parking lot on the left.
The dance starts at 7 pm and will end at 8:30 pm. There is a suggested donation of five dollars per person for the dance and there is room for 60 dancers.
September 15 , 2018
Paul and Sandys Too
Paul and Sandy’s Too
93 East High St (RT66)
East Hampton, CT
The Chatham Historical Society is organizing a walking tour of Paul’s and Sandy’s, Too Garden Center at 93 East High St. in East Hampton on Saturday, Sept. 15th at 3pm.
Visitors will learn the history of the garden center and tour its stores, greenhouses, Pumpkintown USA, and get a wagon ride tour of the center’s property. The walk is sponsored East Hampton Parks and Recreation Dept.
In 1954 Paul Peszynski first started selling vegetables at a stand that he and his father converted from an old chicken coop on Rt. 66.
At that time his main customers were people from New York City who came and rented cottages or stayed at one of the seven hotels that were on Lake Pocotopaug. Years later Paul got married to Sandy Flemke and they had four children: Mark, Jill, Daniel, and Karen. Paul & Sandy opened a toy and sporting goods store with a sprinkling of home and garden supplies and named it Paul’s Home Supply, the same property where Paul sold fresh fruits and vegetables during his summers to pay for his college tuition as a young man.
As the years passed, Paul and Sandy found that the demand for toys and sporting goods declined, but the need for home and gardening supplies soared, and the transition to green goods and hardware was natural.
In 1992 the creation of what is now known as Pumpkin Town USA was started. First came a few pumpkin-headed people, then the town we all know and love. Most recently added, the Ride at Pumpkin Town that features a mile-long hayride through the woods with over 30 additional pumpkin- heads and their dwellings. This local attraction hosts over 20,000 people during the short seven weeks it is open from the middle of September through Halloween.
When Sandy’s breast cancer returned in 1993, they decided it was time to fully pass the torch to the children, so they could enjoy retirement together. Jill, Dan, and Karen took the reins and ran with them finding strengths in all aspects of the business and working together to increase sales and their customer following. They took the values instilled in them by their parents, Paul and Sandy, about superior customer service, and how important it is to give back to the community that supports them.
After Sandy lost her battle to breast cancer in 2007, the Sandy Peszynski Breast Cancer Foundation was created and today has raised over $385,000. This foundation differs from others as 100% of what is donated goes directly to the hospitals cancer programs to help women.
This monthly series of hikes is designed to introduce people to the history of East Hampton. The hikes also foster friendships, promote a healthy lifestyle, and help develop an appreciation of the history of East Hampton.
The walk will begin at the green houses in back of the main store. The walk is recommended for children six years to adults. It will take approx. 1 hour. No dogs please. Heavy rain will cancel the hike and a rain date is on Sunday, Sept. 16th at 3 pm. Visitors should park by the green houses behind the main store or along Old Marlborough Rd. Please do not park on Rt. 66.
September 29 , 2018
Historic House Tour
The Chatham Historical Society’s Biennial Hour Tour will be held on September 29, 2018 from 10am – 4pm.
Tickets are on sale for $20.00 and can be purchased at the Town Clerks Office in the Town Hall and at the East Hampton Library.
The day of the tour, tickets will be available at the Historical Society Museum, 6 Bevin Blvd, from 10am -1pm.
For more information on this years Historic House Tour call (860) 267-4732 or (860) 267-8953
October 14 , 2018
Fall History Festival
Sunday October 14th 2018
At The Chatham Historical Society Museum 6 Bevin Blvd. East Hampton
This years Fall History Festival will be honoring Paul and Sandy’s Too Celebrating 48 years of Paul Peszynski & Family who have served our community. Featuring old time crafts, free cider and doughnuts, and bands. At The Chatham Historical Society Museum 6 Bevin Blvd. East Hampton
Decemeber 1st , 2018
Tartia Cemetery Walk
Tartia Cemetery Walk
The Chatham Hitorical Society will be hosting a Walking Tour of the 1746 Tartia Cemetery and Town Farm.
East Hampton Directions: From Stop & Shop on East High St. Then drive down Main St. through The Town of East Hampton, CT’s Village Center to Rt. 16.
At traffic light turn left on Rt. 16 (Colchester Ave.) and drive approx. 1.5 miles. Turn right on Tartia Rd. and go approx. ½ mile to #45.
Cemetery is on right.
December 9, 2018
Hazen Tree Farm
Sunday December 9th, 2018
The Chatham Historical Society will be hosting a walking tour of The Hazen Tree Farm located at 166 Lake Drive, East Hampton, CT
Directions: From East Hampton Stop & Shop.
Go east on Rt. 66 for 1.6 mi. to Lake Dr. on left. Follow Lake Dr. for .5 mi to stop sign, Then turn left and go .1 mi. Hazen Tree Farm will be on your left.
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