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Felting with Vivienne McGarry and create a fiber Faberge.

April 19, 2015, Sunday. 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm.

Thankful Arnold House


Learn the fascinating art of needle felting with Vivienne McGarry of Cold Goats Farm, Haddam Neck. We will create decorative “spring” egg with materials and wool from Vivienne’s own goats. Join us in the kitchen of the historic Thankful Arnold House for an enjoyable and creative afternoon. Space is limited, so call for reservations 860-345-2400. The Thankful Arnold House is located at 14 Hayden Hill Road at the intersection of Walkley Hill Road, just off Route 154. Fee is $15.00











Marica and Bob Reynolds

2014 Founders' Day Dinner

On Friday, November 7, 2014 the Haddam Historical Society held its 36 th Annual Founders’ Day Dinner at the Gelston House in East Haddam. The event honors the town’s founding fathers and mothers as well as the Native Americans from whom the Plantation at Thirty Mile Island was purchased for 30 coats in 1662.  

Each year, the Society bestows the Founders’ Day Award to a person who has performed an outstanding service to the Haddam Historical Society and contributed substantially to furthering the mission of the Society, which is to preserve, collect, interpret and promote the history and heritage of Haddam for present and future generations.

This year’s recipient Bob Reynolds has been chair of the house maintenance committee for a number of years and served on the Board of Directors between 2008 and 2014. He has overseen major improvements including the installation of a new security system and central air conditioning system which is important in protecting our collections and making the visitor experience more pleasant. He has battled ice dams, flooding and stuffed gutters. One phone call and Bob is there! His handyman skills and compassion for and knowledge of historic buildings have been a great benefit for the museum and organization. The Haddam Historical Society is fortunate to have such an extraordinary, dedicated volunteer.


Connecticut's Historic Gardens POSTER CONTEST!

Connecticut’s Historic Gardens group celebrates its annual statewide Historic Gardens Day in June. Artists are invited to submit artwork to be considered for a poster that will advertise the twelfth annual event on June 28, 2015. The contest connects artists with the beauty of Connecticut’s historic homes and their gardens. Feel free to explore the gardens in this group for inspiration.

Entry for the 2015 Connecticut’s Historic Gardens Day Poster Artwork opens January 1, 2015 and closes January 23, 2015. The winning artwork will be selected by a jury of the Connecticut’s Historic Gardens Group and will be announced on February 2, 2015. The winning poster will be displayed in the Connecticut Historic Gardens booth at the Connecticut Flower Show in Hartford that runs February 19-22, 2015.

Eligibility: The contest is open to all Connecticut artists who work in oil, acrylic, or watercolor. Artists can submit up to three works of art. Please, no work should be previously published on the internet or other social media.

Rights: The winner will be awarded a prize of $250. The artist retains the right of ownership of the work of art, but allows Connecticut’s Historic Gardens Group the right to reproduce and distribute the image on a limited edition poster and other advertising materials to third parties. The artist also agrees to sign copies of the poster that will be raffled at each site and at the Connecticut Flower Show in February 2015.

Contest Rules and Application: For specific artwork and submission requirements information and an application, download the Poster Contest Application 2015 or contact Lea Anne Moran at








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