Hale Homestead presents produce and patriots this summer

By Melanie Savage - Staff Writer
Coventry - posted Tue., Jun. 14, 2011
Elena gets a lesson in the art of carding wool from Nathan Hale Homestead volunteer Caroline Doyle. Looking on (at right) is Elena's sister Evelyn. Photos by Melanie Savage.
Elena gets a lesson in the art of carding wool from Nathan Hale Homestead volunteer Caroline Doyle. Looking on (at right) is Elena's sister Evelyn. Photos by Melanie Savage.

June 5 marked the first day of the summer Coventry Regional Farmers’ Market, held on the grounds of the Nathan Hale Homestead.

On the second weekend of the market, local farmers and vendors were joined by Connecticut Landmarks for its 75th anniversary celebration and a celebration of Nathan Hale’s birthday. Sharing space with the market, re-enactors offered a variety of entertainment, including an open camp, artillery, infantry and cavalry demonstrations, and a mock skirmish. Also on display were demonstrations of Revolutionary War-era crafts such as candle-dipping, spinning, weaving, dying, hearth-cooking, needleworking, quilting, leatherworking and woodworking.

“We wanted to do something on a Sunday, so we could collaborate with the farmers’ market crowd,” said Nathan Hale Homestead site administrator Bev York.

In honor of Captain Nathan Hale’s birthday (June 6), Luke Boyd portrayed the famous martyr of the American Revolution. Though he was hanged at the age of 21, after being captured as a spy, Hale enjoyed a brief career as a school teacher after his graduation from Yale at the age of 18. Teaching in both East Haddam and New London, “[Hale] was a big proponent of education for young women,” said Boyd.

There are a number of events planned at the Nathan Hale Homestead for the summer season. Coming on July 1, at 6 and 8 p.m., “Evenings at Hale: Beer, Bubbly and Beverages” offers a historical-themed tour focusing on 18th-century tavern life. The cost of admission is $25, or $20 for Connecticut Landmarks members.

On July 18 through 22, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., the Homestead offers “Colonial Adventure for Kids.” Children ages 8 through 12 will enjoy scenic walks and visits to local landmarks, in addition to fun events planned for the Hale farm site. The cost is $150, or $135 for members. To register for either event, call 860-742-6917.

For more information, visit the Connecticut Landmarks website at www.ctlandmarks.org.

The Coventry Regional Farmers’ Market, held every Sunday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Homestead(2299 South St.), is “the largest and most diverse farmers’ market in Connecticut,” according to its website. The market features an ever-changing array of fresh produce, as well as products created by local artisans. For more information, visit the website www.coventryfarmersmarket.com.


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