Heritage Day honors South Windsor’s history

By Lisa Stone - ReminderNews
South Windsor - posted Fri., Oct. 11, 2013
DJ Lupacchino introduces his New Zealand Kune Kune pig to admirerers during Heritage Day. Photos by Lisa Stone.
DJ Lupacchino introduces his New Zealand Kune Kune pig to admirerers during Heritage Day. Photos by Lisa Stone.

People learned a lot about South Windsor's past on Oct. 5 during the Heritage Day event, where exhibitions, vendors and animals covered the pasture on the north end of Main Street. The South Windsor Public Education Fund teamed up with the South Windsor Historical Society to hold the "Walk for our Future" to raise money for the schools. Proceeds will be used to fund grants for innovative projects that keep the town's heritage of excellence in education alive. Prizes were given for costumes and for degrees of fundraising success.

According to Liza Love, approximately 200 walkers joined in the fun. “Along with the walkers were three school principals,” said Love. “Dan Sullivan from South Windsor High School, Tiffany Caouette from Pleasant Valley School and Michael Tortora from Orchard Hill. Having administrative support was key in getting participation from the schools and all seven principals in town were very supportive, as were Superintendent Dr. Kate Carter and assistant superintendents Dan Hansen and Richard Cormier.”

It was estimated that the proceeds for the day would total approximately $16,000. The project that the SWPEF is slated to currently fund is the Video Distribution System at South Windsor High School. The committee expects most of the day’s profit to go to that project.

A demonstration of a Civil War camp was set up for spectators to see. The Company G, Fourteenth Regiment Connecticut Volunteer Infantry wowed the crowd with a demonstration of firing and marching positions. Ken Yeomans has been with the regiment for eight years. “We try to show exactly how it was for the soldiers of the Civil War,” said Yeomans. “Our entire uniform is made of wool, even our hats. It was a secret pleasure for soldiers to return to their unit with a cotton shirt from home. They wore this uniform in the cold and in the extreme heat.”

DJ Lupacchino introduced the animals of his farm, Aussakita Acres in Manchester, to Debbie Nevin. “The alpacas are sheered in May,” said Lupacchino. “Their coat is made into yarn at a mill in Massachusetts and then we make many different products from that yarn.”

Nevin loved the alpacas, ducks and goats. “This is such a great day. I have learned so much and had a lot of fun. This is really wonderful for the kids. I think it is very important for everyone to know about the town’s history and how our ancestors truly lived. South Windsor is a great place to live. We are a tight-knit community. I love this town.”

Rod and Marilyn Coffin came for the music. “We love the band, Doofus,” said Marilyn. “Whenever they are playing somewhere, we have to go see them. I found the entire event to be very interesting. It was great to see how things were done so many years ago.”

South Windsor Historical Society President Brian Rivard said, “This festival was a complete success. The vendors are all telling me that they would love to come back next year. That’s always good to hear. Our attendance is up. This just seems to get bigger and better with each passing year. I am so grateful to all of those that made Heritage Day possible.”

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