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East Windsor Screams for Ice Cream!

7/31/2018 | Stephanie Trombley


Thanks to the numerous residents and volunteers in East Windsor, this summer has been filled with fun events in the Connecticut town. From the Farm, Garden and House Tour to the Revolutionary War Reenactment and Food Truck Fest, the love and care of many in the town has made it possible for all surrounding towns to respect the rich history of East Windsor. Adding to this fun is the upcoming Historical Society Ice Cream Social on August 11 from 12-4pm at the Museums on the Green. Ice cream is just the thing to help you cool off when the mid- August sun is shining.

This year, the East Windsor Historical Society is celebrating their newly acquired 40 acres of land, which currently holds three barns. The land follows directly to the Scantic River and includes frontage on Cemetery Road. While there are no set-in-stone plans for the land yet, it is certain that the East Windsor Historical Society will make great use of it.

The event is free and open to the public, making it a great time for parents and kids. Not a resident of East Windsor? No problem! All are welcome to enjoy the festivities and appreciate the culture of the 250-year-old town. Tulmeadow Farm, a shop in West Simsbury, Connecticut, will be providing free ice cream to visitors of the event. As if an ice cold treat weren’t enough, the day is packed with lots of games and entertainment.

There will be activities to appeal to all ages, including pony rides for kids, tractor and small engine displays by the Scantic Valley Antique Engine Club, wagon rides and free haircuts in the Broad Brook Barber Shop Museum. Visitors are welcome to take “selfies” with family and friends in vintage hats and props, a memorable keepsake of the event thanks to the Suffield Players. Take a step into a time machine and tune out of your technology to play Colonial games like Whirligig and Game of Graces.

While visitors may be aware of the five existing museums on the property (Broad Brook Barber Shop Museum, East Windsor Academy Museum, East Windsor Probate Court Museum, Osborn House Museum and the Farm Tool Museum), there will be redesigned exhibits to enjoy. This includes a newly designed military exhibit. Spectators can sneak a peek at the ongoing progress being made on the Barber Hill School House Museum, which has recently made its way from Barber Hill onto the property. Where there was just a sign showing its future home last year, the structure now proudly stands as a work in progress. Come take a look at what is soon to become a part of the coveted East Windsor Historical Society Museum family.

For music fans, there will be no shortage of entertainment. The North Street Barber Shop Quartet will be on site performing. The Scantic Valley Antique Engine Club will also be bringing one of the finest early examples of an engine, “Katie-Sue,” a 1905 band organ originating from the Black Forest of Germany. Owned by Peter and Jill Hallock, the sounds emitted from the organ will bring smiles to all ages, transporting everyone to the nostalgic sound of a classic merry-go-round. The mechanical pieces that make up the organ will be exposed, making the instrument as educational as it is merriful. “Katie-Sue” can play marches, waltzes, two steps and fox trots.

While the day may be special and memorable for all guests, two guests are certain to never forget it. A marriage ceremony will be happening during the event on the steps of the historic East Windsor Probate Court Museum. The Historical Society offered the wedding entirely for free, and one lucky couple happily obliged. The whole town is invited to be a guest and cheer on the bride and groom!

In the Osborn House Museum, there will be a book signing for the newly published, Pierre Starr Surgeon, 39th Ohio Infantry, transcribed and researched by Brad Quinlin and his son Jason Rusk. Brad Quinlin, who has authored 22 Civil War books, will be joined by Bob Starr for the signing. Bob Starr is the great grandson of Pierre Starr. He found items of Pierre’s including artifacts, letters and journals in the attic of his home on Main Street in South Windsor over 50 years ago. A letter from Gideon Wells, Secretary of the Navy, Pierre’s name plate, inventories of his dispensary and more will be on display for public viewing.

A number of booths, exhibits and demonstrations will also be featured on the museum grounds during the event, including a booth from the East Windsor 250 Anniversary Committee. They will be selling merchandise and promoting their final events including Heritage Day on September 22 and Bury the 250 Time Capsule on September 23. The Ice Cream Social also marks the start of a display of the items that were in the Bicentennial Time Capsule opened on May 19. Several surrounding historical societies have also been invited to have their own booths at the event, including South Windsor and Enfield.

Ice cream won’t be the only cuisine offered for patron’s enjoyment. A hot dog truck will also be on site providing a delicious, classic American snack. Guests are also welcome to bring their own picnic lunch, but the East Windsor Historical Society stresses that the event filled up quickly last year, and space could be a bit limited.

Guests are strongly encouraged to show up in costume, so if you’re planning to attend, start planning the perfect historical period costume now! It will only add to the endless fun at the Ice Cream Social. If you’re interested in being a part of the East Windsor Historical Society, members-to-be are welcome to sign up during the event.

For nature admirers, the East Windsor Historical Society is welcoming newly planted pollinator gardens at the event as well. Julie Pratt, master gardener, will be at the site explaining the types of plants and the importance of insects and birds in pollination and the food chain.

Mark your calendars, find your best costume and get your favorite spoon ready for when the Museums on the Green transform into an all-out historical ice cream party! There’s something for everyone at the East Windsor Historical Society’s Annual Ice Cream Social. While ice cream is always enough to make for a lively event, the several attractions offered by the Historical Society will sprinkle the day with laughs, smiles and endless fun.


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