Historical Society brings numerous offerings to Hebron Maple Fest

By Melanie Savage - Staff Writer
Hebron - posted Mon., Mar. 7, 2011
The Lebanon Militia will make an appearance at this year's Hebron Maple Festival. Photos contributed. - Contributed Photo

The Hebron Historical Society will be making a number of contributions to this year’s Hebron Maple Festival. For the 22nd consecutive year, their annual quilt show will fill Old Town Hall with the intricate, colorful designs of local quilters. Nathalie Peltier-Horton is again hosting the show.  Contact her at 860-645-8421 if you have a quilt that you’d like to display.

“This is a Quilt Show that is very unique every year, due to Nathalie’s creativity,” said Maple Fest Coordinator Annie Piggott.  “She collects different quilts of all styles and colors, and artistically displays them in a manner that makes each show unique.”  Concurrent to the show will be quilting demonstrations offered by Peltier-Horton, Elaina Strid, and Karen Strid. The demonstrations are scheduled for both Saturday and Sunday (March 12 and 13.)  Other local quilters will be on hand to answer questions about fabrics, styles and methods.

The Society’s “teacup auction” items will also be available.  These baskets and auction items feature things that appeal to all ages, including hand-made crafts, kids’ baskets, and food baskets.  Tickets for the teacup auction items are 50 cents apiece, or 3 for $1.00.  Winning tickets will be drawn Sunday at 3:00 p.m.; you do not need to be present to win. 

Maple Milk will again be available in the front of Old Town Hall.  This is a delicious concoction of milk, syrup and “secret ingredients.”  Ned Ellis and Farmer’s Cow have donated the fresh whole milk, and will also be at Old Town Hall giving away free samples of their new maple ice cream.  Maple-flavored baked goods, made by Barbara Soderberg and her team of local volunteers, will also be sold. Come early—last year baked goods sold out by 2 p.m. on Saturday.

For a great learning adventure, Parker Aubin and Nate Baribault will again have their live animal exhibit at the Old Town Pound, located at the intersection of Chestnut Hill Road and Route 66, just west of the center of town. 

The Gull School House, located on Marjorie Circle and adjacent to the town office building parking lot, will be open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., with tours hosted by Carolyn Aubin.  The Gull is owned by the town of Hebron and managed by the Society.

Adjacent to the Gull School House will be a live Revolutionary War encampment sponsored by the Society and the Lebanon Militia.  Here, you will see musket drills and demonstrations, spinning demonstrations, basket weaving, midwifery skills and tools and an 18th century surgeon re-enactment. There will be various 18th-century crafts on hand. 

The Lebanon Militia represents the original 6th Company, 3rd Connecticut regiment, which defended the Town of Lebanon against English tyranny. For more information about the group, go to http://www.lebanonmilitia.com

The Burrows Hill School House, located on Burrows Hill Road, will be open from 2 to 4 p.m.  Tours of the oldest school in Hebron will be conducted by Joan D’Auria. 

Hebron Historical Society is pleased to announce that local bands will be performing this year in front of Old Town Hall.  “We are blending our past and our future with the addition of these bands to our traditional events,” said Piggott.

Dino and The No-Names is a local rock music band that consists entirely of RHAM students. Read a feature article about the band from January 27, 2011, in the online edition of the ReminderNews. Dino and The No-Names will play just west of the entrance of Old Town Hall on Saturday, March 12, from 2 until 3 p.m., and again on Sunday, March 13, from 11:30 a.m. until 1:00 p.m.  Contact DB Management at 860-228-8194 or e-mail dinoandthenonames@hotmail.com for more information about the group.

The Society is also sponsoring Area of Refuge, a local worship band from The Worship Center in Hebron.  Band members are Kyle O’Connor, Paul Billard, Mark Billard, Billy O’Connor, and CJ Yopp. Eleanor Page is the female vocalist and guitarist. This young group (aged 11-15) regularly leads Youth Worship with upbeat contemporary Christian music, and also enjoys playing some popular music as well.

Area of Refuge will be playing at Maple Fest on Sunday, March 13, from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. For more information on Area of Refuge, contact Lisa Yopp at ljyopp@comcast.net.

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