Activities

Suffield on the Green

Stop by our booth! Meet us and see the line-up of programs for the upcoming year.

Date: Saturday, September 9, 2017 10:00 - 5:00 p.m.
Date: Sunday, September 10, 2017 11:00 - 4:00 p.m.

Car Show

Free Admission. Vintage and sports cars welcome, no fee.

Date: Sunday September 10, 2017 11:00 - 3:00 p.m.

Suffield Connections Historical Fiction as a Portal to the Past

Diana Ross McCain
Academy Hall, 1499 Mountain Road

Historian, researcher, columnist, and author Diana Ross McCain will highlight the Suffield connections woven into her historical novel Thy Children's Children. The book is based on the first five generations of the Lyman family of Lyman Orchards, which include General Phineas Lyman, a Durham native and Suffield political leader, and Sylvester Graham, a diet and exercise guru from West Suffield.

Date: Sunday, September 17, 2017 2:00 p.m.

Refreshments: Terry Mandirola & Jan Peake

New Haven to Northhampton Canal Greenway

Bob Madison
Suffield Senior Center

Originally planned to connect Long Island Sound with the St. Lawrence Seaway, the canal all began with hand shovels at Congamond in 1825. Historian, author and lecturer Bob Madison tells the story of the evolution of the canal from a waterway to a rail bed to 87 miles of trail. Learn the importance of the canal in the development of the Connecticut Valley corridor and western Masschusetts. Understand the complexities of mastering the terrain with the construction of locks to manage water levels. Then when it's complete from New Haven to Northampton, the steam engine makes it all obsolete!

Date: Wednesday, October 18, 2017 7:00 p.m.

Refreshments: Eleanor Chase & Helen Kope

Halloween Candy Distribution

King House

Come in costume and join the fun on the King House porch!

Date: Tuesday, October 31, 2017 Dusk - 7:30 p.m.

John Pynchon and the Stoney Brook Plantation

Ed Chase
Suffield Senior Center

After many years of research, our Historical Society President Ed Chase has put together this program which discusses the patriarch of our own community. John Pynchon was the man with the vision, the organization and the fortitude to create the community we now call Suffield. He and his early followers endured hardships and total destruction during King Philip's War, but he perservered! Enjoy an evening as Ed brings Pynchon's plans, adventures, setbacks and final success to life.

Date: Wednesday, November 15, 2017 7:00 p.m.

Refreshments: Laurie Tavino & Jamie Drenzek

Remembering World War I

Suffield Senior Center

In partnership with the Kent Memorial Library and Connecticut State Library, our Society invites you to share your photographs, documents and other memorabilia from WWI in a state-wide project. Please bring your treasured items to this session, where they will be scanned and photographed as you watch. Your originals will be returned to you unharmed. The digital files will be archived and made available online. Join us with your artifacts, and help us tell the story of those who fought and the daily life on the home front.

Date: Saturday, November 18, 2017 11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Holidayfest

King House

Our annual public event anticipating the holiday season will include the traditional fire in the great kitchen fireplace, goodies and punch, Christmas decorations and tree, plus this year's exhibit: "Vintage Parlor Games"

Let's give the the young people an idea of what games we played for social interaction before Gameboy, selfies, and computers.

We trust generous lenders will help make this an enjoyable and happily memorable show.

Date: Saturday, December 2, 2017 11:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Date: Sunday, December 3, 2017 11:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Holidayfest

Dennis Picard & Crew
Noble & Cooley Mill Pond, Granville, Mass.

Co-sponsored with the Suffield Land Conservancy and the Noble & Cooley Museum. Learn how to handle the antique tools to cut ice. Dress warm and wear grips on your boots if you want to cut ice. The Noble & Cooley Museum will be open. Dependent on weather conditions.

Storm date for the harvest is February 4.

Date: Saturday, February 3, 2018 12:00 - 3:00 p.m.

Workshop: Researching Old Suffield Homes

Suffield Senior Center

Interested in finding out more about an old Suffield home? Join us. We will explain the resources available, review work that has been done dating old homes, and look into the methodology for finding additional information about homes and the people who lived in them.

Date: Wednesday, February 21, 2018 7:00 p.m.

Show & Tell Night

Suffield Senior Center

Anyone can sign up for a five-to-ten minute presentation on any aspect of local history. Contact Ed Chase by March 20th to sign up.

Date: Wednesday, March 21, 2018 7:00 p.m.

Refreshments: Nancy Smith & Kerry White

Suffield's WWI Home Front

Bill Sullivan's Suffield Academy American Studies Students
Suffield Senior Center

How can we imagine daily life in Suffield during WWI? The state-wide commemorative process for the 100th anniversary of WWI provides Bill's American Studies class an opportunity to investigate Suffield's wartime home front and network with other Connecticut historians to discover the best historical methods to uncover more original history. Come and learn from this multi-media presentation about life in Suffield one hundred years ago and appreciate how this global event propelled our community into the modern era.

Date: Tuesday, April 24, 2018 7:00 p.m.

Refreshments: Jacquie Wadsworth & Carolyn Samplatsky

1818 Connecticut State Convention

Dr. Walt Woodward, State Historian
Suffield Senior Center

Angry, war weary, and talking about seceding from the Union! No these aren't headlines from today's newspapers, it is the early 1800s in Connecticut. Come listen to our State Historian tell the tale of the treasonous times, the political spin, and the Convention of 1818 that changed Connecticut's Standing Order.

Date: May 2018 date to be announced 7:00 p.m.

Refreshments: Anne Borg & Judy Quinn

Suffield's Past in Photographs

Anne Borg & Lester Smith
Suffield Senior Center

Continuing this year's theme of the 100th anniversary of our participation in WWI, a selection from this time period will be included. The photographs will be selected by Curator Lester Smith and Trustee Anne Borg from the Society's Hawley Rising collection plus what we may be able to add from the upcoming November and April programs described earlier. See what Suffield was in days past with a contemporary historical perspective.

Date: Wednesday, June 13, 2018 7:00 p.m.

Refreshments: Florence, Nancy & Cathy Noble

Ice Cream Social

King House Lawn

Bring friends and family to an old-fashioned Ice Cream Social. Pack a picnic, bring lawn chairs and enjoy an evening of neighborly visiting. Ice cream and entertainment provided by SHS.

Rain date: Thursday, July 12

Date: Tuesday, July 10, 2018 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.