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Halloween Special: 17th Century Witchcraft Trials in Connecticut?

halloweenWhere in Connecticut did Witchcraft Trials take place? Were any trials held in Hebron? To speak about CT witchcraft, the Hebron Historical Society is bringing Dick Tomlinson to Old Town Hall on October 16th. The doors will open at 7:00 for a "meet and greet", with the presentation beginning at 7:30.

Dick Tomlinson is well qualified to speak about "Understanding Our Connecticut Ancestors Through Witchcraft Trials". As a historian and author, Tomlinson has researched many subjects. His most recent book is appropriately entitled Witchcraft Prosecution: Chasing the Devil in Connecticut.

Mr. Tomlinson's forebears have lived in Connecticut since 1633. He is an active member of the CT Historical Society, the CT Society of Genealogists, the Association for the Study of Connecticut History, and the Descendants of the Founders of Ancient Windsor.

Do join us on October 16th, 7:00 at Old Town Hall and learn about this fascinating subject. Programs are always free for Historical Society members. Donations, which help support our programs and properties, are greatly appreciated.

Amston Lake’s Fascinating Past is Topic of Historical Society Program

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Amston Lake’s Fascinating Past is Topic of Historical Society Program

The President of the Amston Lake Historical Society, Larry Zimmerman, will be featured at The Hebron Historical Society's Thursday, Sept. 18th meeting. The meeting will be held at Old Town Hall on the Hebron Green, beginning at 7:00, with Zimmerman's presentation to start at 7:30.

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First "Historic Hebron Day" Successful Celebration

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A good crowd of people from Hebron and beyond were treated to beautiful weather, as well as the opportunity to learn about Hebron's Heritage, on Saturday, September 20, 2014. Many folks took the self-directed tour and visited all five locations.

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Maple Fest 2014 Success and Thanks

Hebron Historical Society's participation in Maple Fest 2014 was great fun as well as being a successful fundraiser for the Society. All profits will be applied to building expenses and program costs of The Society.

Old Town Hall was filled to the brim with colorful and interesting quilts, both old and new. The quilts were hung by Nathalie Peltier-Horton who has organized the show for over twenty years. A visitor from out of town said, "Even though it is a small show, it is a beautiful one." For all who visited, the opportunity to ask questions of Nathalie and Karen Strid, in addition to the information provided on each label, made the show even better.

The Tea Cup Auction was a fantastic success. There were items to please everyone from restaurant, hair salon, and service gift certificates to artwork, crafts and themed gift baskets. The Historical Society greatly appreciates donations from the following Hebron businesses: Gina Marie's, Capricorn I Hair Studio, Zen Garden, DaVinci's Pizzaria, Something Simple Café, Dunkin' Donuts, Colonial Country Store, The Hairline, Ted's Supermarket, SiS Designs, the Douglas Library, and Hebron Quick Lube. Also appreciated are our local friends like Tom and Linda Stevenson, Pat Carter, Carolyn Aubin, Andrea Lattanzi, Louise Cassarella, Helen Reardon, and Anne-Marie Piggott. We want to thank both Peter Billard Photography and Radiant Yoga for their donations, and to Mary-Ellen Gonci for her handmade quilt. Other than the quilt drawing, all other donations had their winning tickets drawn at the end of the Show.

Maple Milk was as popular as ever. Thanks to The Farmer's Cow for donating much of the milk and to Ted's Supermarket for providing its refrigeration, we were able to sell 35 gallons of our seasonal, secret recipe drink. Having two-legged cows on site, both male and female, helped sell this favorite beverage.

There was even a bit of room in the Old Town Hall for "Hebron Heritage Photo Project". Peter Billard, its organizer, was there to display many of the photos already scanned and in the collection. He spoke about the project and invited visitors to bring their old photos for the scannings.

Our RHAM High School Honor Society volunteers made all the difference in the success of our sales. These students were willing to help with set-up, sales, and are also on the list for taking down the quilt racks and everything for next year.


Letter from Italy



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Premiere Sold Out and Preview Performance Added

GREATER MIDDLETOWN CHORALE's world premiere performance of Letter from Italy, 1944, is sold-out for Sunday, April 28, and a preview performance has been added for Friday, April 26 at 7:30 p.m. The story of war, family love and post-traumatic stress is an original work commissioned by the GMC.

The story is told with GMC’s 80 singers, a full orchestra, staging and multimedia projection. GMC’s Artistic Director, Joseph D'Eugenio, is collaborating with the GMC's Drama Director in Residence, Dr. Sheila Garvey, using all the tools of the modern theater to present the work at the Performing Arts Center at Middletown High School.

Connecticut residents Sarah Meneely-Kyder, a Grammy-nominated composer, and her sister, published poet Nancy Meneely, collaborated on the true story of their father, Dr. John Meneely, a Yale-trained doctor who served as a medic in the 10th Mountain Division in Italy near the end of the World War II. D'Eugenio has been working with the Meneely sisters for over two years to bring Letter from Italy, 1944, to the stage.

The world premiere performance sold out three weeks ahead — a record for GMC – and there is strong demand for the added preview performance. This Friday evening show will be presented in its entirety, with full orchestra, although the audience may see some breaks to correct technical problems. Tickets for the April 26 preview are available through the production’s web site,, where information about the creative process and PTSD is also provided.

The Greater Middletown Chorale is a private, non-profit organization that has been providing great music for the people of Connecticut for 36 years. It is funded with the support of the State of Connecticut, Middletown Commission on the Arts, Connecticut DECD/Office of the Arts, Aetna Foundation, Chevron Humankind Grants and Pfizer Foundation, Unilever Foundation, United Technologies.

The Chorale's Letter from Italy, 1944, project is made possible with grants from Choral Arts New England, New England Foundation for the Arts' Meet the Composer/New England program, Connecticut DECD/ Office of the Arts, Community Foundation of Middlesex County, through the foundation’s Ann and George Petry Fund and The Arts Fund, Tenth Mountain Division Foundation, and sponsors Kaman Corporation, Brown & Brown and Middle Oak.

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