Connecticut Open House Day June 11, 2016
On Saturday, June 11, beneath a panoply of sun and showers, the Stratford Historical Society joined other museums throughout Connecticut for an Open House Day that turned out to be a great success! Sixty-five people of all ages walked through the Judson House and sampled fare from 'yesterday's kitchens' in the Museum.
From 12:00 until 3:00 volunteer docents Judy Kurmay (West Room), Gail Liscio, (East Room), Dennis Brunelle (Kitchen), Rebecca Arkenberg (at the loom in the Kitchen Chamber). Eileen Salamon (West Chamber), Joe Dimenno (Slave Quarters) and Shirley Clevenger and Dolores Hoctor, hostesses, were able to inform a steady stream of visitors about life during the colonial period, the Judson family and Stratford history.
Across the courtyard at the Museum, Membership Chair, Jeanette Caron, and volunteer docents, Peggy Haborak and Barbara Firisin, greeted guests. Upon entering the building an array of desserts and beverages from Yesterday's Kitchens prepared by volunteer docents awaited them. Recipes from "Paradise Enow" the Society's cookbook included: Haymaker's Switchel, Aunt Pearl Silliman's Drink, Applesauce Cake, Putney Homemaker's Cinnamon Cookies, Abner Judson's Pork Cake and Scripture Cake. Sourdough Gingerbread made from one hundred year old sourdough completed the list.
The day kicked off the beginning of the season when the Judson House and Museum are open to the public on Sundays and Wednesdays from 1:00 until 4:00 (last tour at 3:00) for guided tours by docents in costume. Tours continue through the end of October and there is an admission charge.