December 2013 Newsletter

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Dear Friends and Fellow Members:

Please mark your calendars for the Member Christmas Party on Saturday, December 14, at 6:30. This is our annual potluck dinner, with Yankee Swap; bring a wrapped gift ($10 suggested) if you would like to participate.  Leave a message at the museum (401 231-7363) with your name and telephone number, and what you would like to bring.  We will give you a call if the dish you have chosen has already been selected.

I am always a little amazed to be writing the December Newsletter, as it means another year has embraced us, or graced us, or wrestled us to the ground.  I hope for all of you that it was the first!  Working from newest to oldest, I want to share with you some of the goings on at the museum.  Just this past Thursday, November 14, Girl Scout Troop 373 had a cookies & candles evening at the museum.  The girls decorated seasonal sugar cookies, and we made no-bake cookies after melting sugar, butter, peanut butter and other ingredients in a Dutch oven, over some coals.  The evening’s preparations were all undertaken and accomplished by Deb Cote

On November 11, Gregory Soito arrived with his team of dads & lads to work on a zigzag fence, part of a Fences of New England project for his Boy Scout Eagle badge.  Gregory and crew were able to obtain some old wood, and the fence looks like it has been on the property, always.  The kitchen garden fence is the next piece.

November 8 & 9, saw another of our sold out Colonial Dinners.  Our theme this year “A Pirates Bounty Colonial Dinner” was well received, some folks (guests & volunteers) thought it was our best yet.  We decorated the museum as a public house called the Silver Oar, and were graced with the Rhode Island Pirate Players, taking center stage, under the direction of Casey Duckett.  Doug Frongillo, Carol Lawton, Jim Cosgrove and others, who were also instrumental in creating a three mast sailing ship, complete with colors flying.  Once again, the volunteers who peeled, chopped, cooked, swept, dusted, vacuumed, served, lumped, cleared, washed, set – etc., etc. are the ones who made it a success. Thank you all.

On October 20, we held an Antique Show on the property, with 6 vendors in attendance.  This was planned and organized by Deb Cote, with the proceeds earmarked for our outdoor beehive oven project.  We had a very good turnout, and all of the vendors were pleased with the location, and would like to come again.  Deb is planning on hosting this event next year with even more vendors.  On September 12, we had our annual Membership Meeting.  Our Officers are largely unchanged from last year, but with changes as noted:  President – Deb Cote, Vice-President – Jim Ignasher, Treasurer – Don Goncalves, Recording Secretary – Sal Capirchio, Publicity – Don Goncalves, Membership – Michele Krakowski, Grounds – Don Burns, Program Director – Maggie Botelho.  We have several other positions available, just waiting to be filled with talented people, is that you?  Buildings – Curator – History

On August 25, we rented the museum to Alec Asten, producer of a documentary called “The Tillinghast Nightmare.”  The keeping room was used as a backdrop in several scenes, as well as one of our apple trees! A screening of the film was held in Providence on October 28, with Dacre Stoker, Bram Stoker’s great-grand nephew giving a presentation in advance of the screening.  Our own Barry Lowe is featured in the role of the grandfather!

Does this bring me up to the present?  We will be presenting our Christmas Open House on December 8, from 1-4.  I think this is a very special time at the house, because it really looks like a home with all the decorations.  If you have driven by, you will see the sleigh already in place.  We are looking for: help with decorating, boughs, berries, trees, hands & cookies.  If you have any of these, please leave a message at the museum, and I will give you a call.  My work schedule is flexible enough that I can most likely meet you, when you have the time.  Please let me know if you can help on the day of the event with serving cookies, collecting money at the door, pouring hot chocolate, or manning the s’mores table.

On a membership note, some dues are still outstanding, so if there is a red dot on your envelope, our records show your dues are in arrears.  Please send your check at your earliest convenience, $20 for a family membership, $10 for an individual, and thank you! 

As mentioned previously, we are working on an out-door beehive oven.  If you are thinking about seasonal giving, the Historical Society is a 501c 3 charitable organization, and any donations are tax deductible.  If you would like to be part of this project, any donations would be gratefully received. 

And don’t forget the membership Christmas Party, December 14, starting at 6:30.  I’ll turn the heat on this year!

Warmest wishes,

Maggie Botelho

Program Director

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