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COLONIAL COOKING AND PLAYTIME FOR CHILDREN
Tuesday, April 10, 2018
10:00 am-3:00 pm
972 Main Street, South Glastonbury, CT
When: Tuesday, April 10, 2018
Time: 10:00 am – 3:00 pm
Cost: $20 per person. Children ages 8 - 14
This April vacation, sign the kids up for a culturally rich activity presented by the Historical Society of Glastonbury (HSG). On Tuesday, April 10th from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm children ages 8 - 14 are invited to experience life as a colonial child. First they will prepare and enjoy a simple colonial style meal with their fellow peers. After clean-up chores, they will then be able to join in colonial games and play with colonial toys.
Leading this hands-on cooking class will be HSG curator Lin Scarduzio. She’ll be dressed in her colonial best portraying Jerusha Welles, wife of original owner of the 1755 Connecticut Valley River mansion, known today as the Welles-Shipman-Ward House. When children arrive at 10:00 am they’ll begin preparing their lunch -which will be an ancient 18th century macaroni and cheese recipe.
Macaroni and cheese was a highly fashionable food in late 18th century Paris. It is believed that our third president Mr. Thomas Jefferson very much enjoyed this meal while over in Paris; so much so that he brought the recipe back to the newly born states. It is also believed he first introduced this dish at the President’s house in 1802.
The macaroni and cheese meal that the children will cook is old fashion, and not your grandmother’s old fashion, but 18th century old fashion. Of course, the dish that Jefferson ate and introduced is nothing like the boxed version we are familiar with today. Kids will use the museum’s interactive early American tools such as hand made bowls, rolling pins, wooden whisks, knifes (not sharp), spoons and of course the large open hearth. There were no refrigerators, microwaves, or stoves so the macaroni and cheese will be prepared in the fireplace just like it would have been back during Jerusha Welles and Thomas Jefferson’s time. This hands-on cooking class lets children see and feel what it’s like to prepare and enjoy a meal during Revolutionary times. And of course, they will experience the clean up too!
After lunch, Diane Hoover (aka Miss Rebekah), and her assistants will involve the participants in a variety of fun activities colonial kids enjoyed. There was not a lot of free time for playing, but kids were kids and they made fun out of work activities. There will be sack races, relay races, and tug of war -known as “English and French.” Participants will be able to try their hand at colonial toys such as ball and cup, rolling hoops, Jacob’s Ladder and the Game of Graces. Stilts will also be available to try. Did you know that stilts were used by farmers be to hang their tobacco in the sheds to dry?
Admission is $20.00 and advance registration for this event is required. Space is limited. First come, first served. Please call 860.633.6890 to reserve a spot today.