Monday, October 8, 2018

Cristoforo Colombo (Christopher Columbus)

Throughout the State of Connecticut and elsewhere in the United States of America and the world, statues of the famed Italian explorer Christopher Columbus stand watch - often unnoticed. Columbus was just 54 years old when he died in 1506 and there are interesting and credible claims from more than one country as to where his remains are laid to rest.

As we collect photographs of the many Columbus statutes throughout Connecticut, we'll share them on this page with whatever information we have.

Columbus Statue in the City of Hartford
Christopher Columbus, City of Hartford CT

Columbus Statue in the City of Waterbury
Christopher Columbus, City of Waterbury CT

Saturday, October 6, 2018

Garlic Festival

If you're a fan of Garlic, then you're in luck. The Bethlehem Fairgrounds (Route 61 in the Town of Bethlehem, Litchfield County) will host the 2018 Garlic Festival on Saturday and Sunday, October 6-7. Even if garlic isn't your favorite, there will be a great selection of food, crafts, music and fun for all ages. Come spend some time outdoors just as the leaves are beginning to show their colors! 

Garlic Festival Bethlehem Connecticut

Thursday, October 4, 2018

Indian Summer in Connecticut

For those living in or visiting Connecticut, it's no secret there is a little something for everyone as far as the weather is concerned. With four distinct seasons — winter, spring, summer and fall — Connecticut headlines range from blizzards in January and February to sweltering 100-degree days in July and August.

One of the most enjoyable times every year is the 'season' known as Indian Summer. A definition published more than a century ago in The Met Office Meteorological Glossary describes 'a warm, calm spell of weather occurring in autumn, especially in October and November.' That certainly seems consistent with this writers observations over the years. Cool, crisp mornings and evenings, but warm and sunny days perfect for dozens of outdoor activities. The fact that the leaves are changing color at the same time is a visual reward for spending time outdoors.

So, if you're inside reading this and it's still light outside, take a break from your computer. This posting will still be here when you get back. Head outside, go for a walk or a jog, perhaps a round of golf or a bike ride, head to a nearby lake or river and just stare at the water, visit one of the many historic cemeteries or Connecticut state parks. Reward yourself with the splendor of Indian Summer in Connecticut.

Sunday, September 23, 2018

Demolition Planned for Trinity Episcopal Church in Waterbury, Connecticut

It's hard to know just the right way to start a post like this one. Much of the information shared on this site is thought to celebrate the great State of Connecticut, its history, people, culture, natural beauty and so much more. Every now and again, however, we learn of something that makes us wonder if anyone is paying attention to the absurd things happening right under our noses. This is one such case.

For many today, myself included, it's hard to envision the splendor of Connecticut's major cities in the late 1800s. Manufacturing provided steady jobs, which in turn attracted immigrants from around the globe to our small state. Waterbury was the quintessential American melting pot. In fact, the pot itself was likely manufactured in the Brass City! The ethnic neighborhoods were not unlike those in lower Manhattan in the era of Ellis Island immigration. Often, the central hub within these neighborhoods was a house of worship. The spires still dot the landscape throughout Connecticut, but many are much harder to see as decades of urban development forever changed the landscape of our state. 

We recently learned about the planned demolition of Trinity Episcopal Church, located in downtown Waterbury. Once prominent and visible just off the central square, it was later relegated to forever stand in the shadows of the beautiful Basilica of the Immaculate Conception. It turns out that 'forever' is a relative term, however. The Immaculate purchased the building and property some years ago and rather than invest any money in maintenance and renovation, it is slated for demolition so the space can be used instead for parking.

Below are just a few select photographs from many that were taken today, hopefully they can be used to help spread the word about the travesty of this planned demolition of a historic structure.   

Saturday, July 7, 2018

1876 Centennial Tree - Falls Village

Another post in my ‘Connecticut Roadside History’ series. A friend and I were cycling around the hills of Connecticut’s northwest corner today and we came across this tree. The sign reads ‘Centennial Tree planted 1876’ Falls Village-Canaan Historical Society. The 142 year old tree looked good for its age. While I know there were Centennial Trees planted throughout the state, and also in many towns individually, to commemorate our nations 100th birthday, I can’t say with certainty the history behind this specific tree. If I recall correctly, it is located on Music Mountain Road. Stay tuned for updates.

Wednesday, July 4, 2018

4th of July Ceremonies in Litchfield

Whether you live in Connecticut or are just planning a future trip to the Nutmeg State, there are two very special days each year when you should really consider visiting the Town of Litchfield, located in Litchfield County (often referred to as the Litchfield Hills or the Northwest Corner). One of those days is a certain Sunday in early to mid June for the popular Litchfield Hills Road Race, the other is for the annual celebration of American independence, held on the 4th of July.

On both occasions, you will get to see and hear the First Litchfield Artillery Regiment in action. This group of dedicated volunteer reenactors will captivate the crowd as they fire their historic canons once for each of the thirteen original colonies. This event draws a large crowd on the Litchfield Town Green and is the second portion of a celebration which begins two hours earlier in nearby East Cemetery at the grave marker of Oliver Wolcott (1726 - 1797), signer of the Declaration of Independence and once Governor of Connecticut.   

The photographs below capture the flash of the explosion coming from the front and top of the canon, as well as the smoke that follows. Even when you anticipate the loud sound, it still startles you.