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New Canaan Historical Society Celebrates 125 Years With Colonial Day

Eric Lichack’s Ministers of Apollo, professional Colonial re-enactors, attend a recent fife and drum corps parade. From 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday on the New Canaan historical society grounds a Colonial Day event will be held the society's 125 years. Photo Credit: Contributed photo
Janet Lindstrom, executive director of the New Canaan Historical Society, in an office at one of the society's buildings, the Town House. The society is celebrating its 125th anniversary with a series of events this weekend. Photo Credit: Frank MacEachern
Vincent Costa, left, and Eric Lichack, perform Colonial-era tunes during the Colonial Concert & Cocktails on Friday as the New Canaan Historical Society celebrates its 125th year. Photo Credit: Frank MacEachern

NEW CANAAN, Conn. -- In 1889, a few enterprising souls created the New Canaan Historical Society. On Friday, about 70 people gathered in one of the society's seven buildings to kick off a yearlong celebration of its 125th anniversary and to listen to Colonial-era music.

The music was performed by Eric Lichack and Vincent Costa, both accomplished musicians and deeply interested in 18th-century music.

Janet Lindstrom, the society's executive director, said the society treasures and promotes the town's past, but the vibrant organization is always looking at new ways to explain and interpret that history.

"The wonderful thing I think is that everything is new, there is always something new that is coming," she said.

The organization is carrying forward the mission set by its creators all those years ago.

"The ideas of the people who started the society, they stay, they keep going and they are still the same and I think that is important."

On Saturday, the celebration continues with a Colonial Day program that will be held from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on the historical society's grounds, with a range of activities inspired by that era.

Colonial Day kicks off with a costumed fife-and-drum corps, military drill, spinning and weaving exhibitions, Colonial games and activities such as candle-making and quill writing, dances, a general store and refreshments.

The society’s museums will be open, with costumed docents helping to guide visitors through the history of 18th-century New Canaan.

Tickets for the Saturday event are $10 for adults, $5 for children ages 3 and up, or $25 for a four-person family pass.

The Colonial Concert & Cocktails event on Friday evening also honored past historical society board presidents.

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