Public Programs & Event Calendar
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The Noah Webster House & West Hartford Historical Society offers public programs and events year-round for both children and adults. From exhibit openings to Tavern Nights and kids programs, there is something for everyone. Check back often for updates as some programs may change. Reservations are required for some events. Please call 860.521.5362 x21 for information or reservations unless otherwise noted.
Saturday, November 9, 7 p.m.: Spirits in the House: Down on the Bayou
Raise a glass and help support the Noah Webster House & West Hartford Historical Society at the museum’s fall fundraiser.
The evening features live blues music, palm and tarot readers, fortune tellers, a hot sauce tasting, Cajun food and drinks (including a Hurricane tasting), and of course, great silent auction items!
Entertainment for the evening will include live music by Craig Edwards with a blues and bayou flair. Guests can sign up to have tarot cards or your palms read, or try it themselves with some fortune telling games.
Guests can try a Hurricane cocktail, or purchase specialty beer and wine at the cash bar, sponsored by Wine Cellars 4. A full spread of Cajun cuisine and decadent desserts will tempt taste buds and a hot sauce tasting will round out the evening. Silent auction items include a blues package, jewelry, children’s themed basket, and more.
Reservations required: $40 public/$35 museum or WHNN memberAdmission includes entertainment, food, and one complimentary drink. A cash bar will be available.
The event is sponsored by Sky Investment Group and hosted in conjunction with the West Hartford Newcomers and Neighbors club.
November 24, 2013 at 2 p.m.: Meet the Author: Patricia Friedle and Jeanette Alsheimer
You're invited to meet the authors for refreshments, a presentation, and a book signing. Join Patricia Friedle and Jeanetta Alsheimer as they converse as Mrs. Burgess and Mrs. Foster, women of the American Revolution. Dressed in colonial clothing, they will focus on the experiences of mothering independent daughters and sons and their concerns about their futures in an era of upheaval.
Each of the books in the trilogy, The Trouble With Tea, Path to Punishment, and Revolt!, all of which take place prior to the Revolutionary War, will be available for purchase at the event. The event is free to the public and is made possible in part by a grant from the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving.
Friday, December 6 & Saturday, December 7: Gingerbread Day
Gingerbread Day is an annual event which allows kids and adults alike to construct a homemade creation from fresh gingerbread, icing, and delicious candies. Click for further information.
Saturday, December 14, 7:30 p.m. Noah Webster’s Holiday Ball
Dance and enjoy music from the early 19th century at the first holiday ball! Historical clothing from 1758-1843 (Noah’s lifetime) is encouraged. Dance lesson begins at 7, dancing begins at 7:30.
Historic recipe drinks and light hors d’oeuvres will be served, including shrub, flip, hot cider and a festive punch. Guests are invited to take a rest in the 18th-century reproduction kitchen, or rise above the clatter and have a seat in the gallery overlooking the dance floor.
The museum has limited capacity, so tickets are limited to the first 40. Tickets are $30 each ($25 for museum members) and include refreshments. Get your tickets here.
Some programs are subject to change. Please call ahead or make a reservation as required.