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Canterbury Historical Society Sadly Marks the Recent Passing of Two Friends and Important Contributors to Our Mission: Ray Moffitt and Bob Blackard

It is with deep sadness that we share news of the October 18 passing of society member and dedicated volunteer, Raymond Moffitt. Ray was a nice guy who also happened to be a top-notch carpenter and craftsman. When you once again have the opportunity to visit our restored one-room Green Schoolhouse, you will find Ray’s creative carpentry talents visible everywhere, from the installation of reproduction windows to the finely-crafted brackets that hold up our old Canterbury Station railroad sign. His skill and countless volunteer hours were key in the restoration effort.

Ray will be greatly missed and fondly remembered. Our sympathies to Ray’s wife, Judy, their children, Pat, Susan, Roy, Ronnie, and Todd, and the extended family and friends.
https://www.legacy.com/…/norwichbulletin/obituary.aspx…



The Rev. Bob Blackard, our wonderful Vice President and friend, passed away suddenly on October 20.
Bob was a resident of Brooklyn, not Canterbury, but according to his daughter Keri Danner, her dad loved being part of the Canterbury Historical Society. We surely loved him too and are fortunate that he decided to join our organization. Bob was a sterling volunteer for annual Old Home Day and many other activities and events. When it was tough to find someone to take on a task, he very often stepped up.

A few years ago, when a long-gone headstone for a 19th century Canterbury child showed up in Massachusetts, the society worked to help bring the stone back to the child’s family’s plot in Canterbury. When Bob officiated at a small ceremony to mark the stone’s return, there wasn’t a dry eye in attendance—he even made himself cry with his simple, eloquent remarks. Bob was a kind, reliable, upbeat man and friend, and we will miss him greatly. Our condolences to all his friends, and daughter Keri, son-in-law Seth, and grandchildren, Taylor, Ethan, and Kady Danner.
https://www.tillinghastfh.com/obituaries/Robert-D-Blackard?obId=18718997&fbclid=IwAR2CEcgOQ9fnL9R8ho-KvVPaVch_7ve1yvKHfBUhL5DoEtJLPc-iFKJPQ2I#/celebrationWall 

No Canterbury Old Home Day in 2020

We have come to the decision to cancel this year’s annual Canterbury Old Home Day fall celebration, as it requires extensive planning that should have already begun but has been stymied by a lack of volunteers to work on the planning committee—which couldn’t meet regardless, based on current COVID-19 restrictions. To us, it’s understandable that people need to concentrate more on the here and now rather than on a future event that may or may not happen, depending on the status of the world in future months. It’s our hope to put together some sort of community event once the threat of illness has passed, but for now nothing is definite.

As always, check back on this website and follow us on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/CanterburyHistoricalSociety.CT) for information and updates on scheduled events. We wish you good health in the coming days and look forward to seeing you all again as soon as we are given specific guidance that this health and safety challenge is behind us. Be well and be safe.

Canterbury Historical Society Annual Membership Dues are Due Now

Dues for annual members of the Canterbury Historical Society are payable each January. We hope you will renew—or join for the first time— now.

Although our monthly meetings and history-themed programs are free and open to the public and everyone is welcome, only members in good standing, (that is, whose dues are paid up), are permitted to make and second motions, debate, and vote. For the princely sum of $10 you can join for a year and do all those things! Or do away with the nuisance of annual renewals and join as a lifetime member for only $100.

The Canterbury Historical Society is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Membership is open to everyone interested in the organization’s objectives and willing to uphold its policies and subscribe to its bylaws, without regard to race, color, creed, sex, sexual preference or orientation, disability, or national origin.

Your membership dollars directly support the programs, events, and projects of the society. We never share your contact information with other businesses, organizations, or persons.

Click for the membership form.  

The Canterbury Historical Society Thanks All Who Helped With 2019’s Canterbury Old Home Day on October 12

Many thanks to everyone who helped out in any way to make 2019 Canterbury Old Home Day on October 12 a fun day for the whole community—including exhibitors, musicians, sponsors, bakers, volunteers, and visitors. The weather was cloudy and cool, but the rain held off and we generated our own warmth.

See the wonderful selection of photos by talented photographer Linda Orlomoski on Facebook.
https://www.facebook.com/pg/CanterburyHistoricalSociety.CT/photos/?tab=album&album_id=10156611686448372&ref=page_internal

This year’s generous sponsors for Canterbury Old Home Day—without whom we couldn’t keep admission free—were:

  • Affordable Portables
  • Agway (Plainfield)
  • Automatic Rolls of New England
  • Barberry Farm
  • BZB Farm
  • Canterbury Better Val-U
  • Canterbury Mini-Storage
  • CLA Engineers
  • Coca-Cola Bottling Company (Waterford)
  • Ed’s Garage
  • Frito-Lay
  • Hart’s Greenhouse
  • Mill River Primitives
  • Quiet Corner Self Storage
  • Quinebaug Kennels
  • TJM Hydraulics
  • Town of Canterbury
  • Turnpike Buyer
2019 Canterbury Old Home Day committee
The 2019 Canterbury Old Home Day Committee, L to R from front: Chairperson Ellen Wilson, Emily Logee Savoie, Bob Blackard, Bill Kivic, Steve Brown, Cheryl Caronna, and John Baldwin (photo by Jim Olson)

Listen to radio interviews about upcoming Canterbury Old Home Day on October 12

Members of the Canterbury Old Home Day Committee have recently done several radio interviews. If you missed listening live, they are available at the following links.

Cheryl Caronna and Bob Blackard’s radio podcase, WILI radio, October 2, 2019
https://www.mixcloud.com/windhamARTS/windham-arts-radio-review-october-2-2019-on-wili-14-am-953-fm-part-1/  

Bob Blackard and Ellen Wilson’s Facebook video, WINY radio, October 7, 2019
https://business.facebook.com/winyradio/videos/1111872779022594/

We appreciate the support of these local, community-minded radio stations.

 

 

Please consider “rounding up” at Canterbury Better Val-U to support Canterbury Old Home Day

From Sunday, September 1st to Saturday, September 14th, we would be delighted if you consider “rounding up” when you make a purchase at Canterbury’s Better Val-U  IGA supermarket (at 4 North Canterbury Road, Canterbury). When you “round up” the amount of your purchase—say, $15.35 rounded up to $16.00—that extra 65¢  will be a sponsorship donation to the Canterbury Historical Society’s Old Home Day on October 12th. How cool is that?

Please consider shopping often between September 1st and September 14th, “round up” your purchase price and contribute to Canterbury Old Home Day. Thanks!

Check this web page for more about Canterbury Old Home Day fall celebration.
http://canterburyhistorical.org/?event=annual-old-home-day-fall-celebration-on-canterbury-green

2019 Seasonal Open Schedule for the One-Room Historic Green District Schoolhouse

Canterbury’s 19th century Green district schoolhouse, restored by the Canterbury Historical Society

We cordially invite you to stop by at some point over this season at the charming 19th century Green district schoolhouse. Bring the kids or grandkids to let them experience a bit of what school was like, before all the intense screen time of the present. School was up close and personal back then. Because this little schoolhouse was in service into the 1950s, during your visit there’s a good chance you might even get to meet a volunteer who attended this school.

This year, the seasonal schedule will see the schoolhouse open for visitors on the following dates:

  • Saturday June 8, 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM, for Connecticut Open House Day
  • Sunday June  23, 2:00 to 4:00 PM
  • Sundays July 14 & 28, 2:00 to 4:00 PM
  •  Sundays August 11 & 25, 2:00 to 4:00 PM
  •  Sundays September 8 & 22, 2:00 to 4:00 PM
  •  Saturday October 12, 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM, in conjunction with the Canterbury Old Home Day

There’s also the option of requesting a different date and time; call 860-546-9062. We hope to see you there.

The location is Canterbury green, just behind the 1st Congregation Church of Canterbury. Put 6 South Canterbury Road, Canterbury, Connecticut  into your GPS, and turn it at Library Road. Admission and parking are always free.

We are updating our list for email notices—let us know if want to get them

We are in the process of updating our historical society email list for notices of meetings and events. If you do not currently receive emails from us, but would like to, kindly send your full name and email address to us at canterburyhistorical@gmail.com. Or maybe you used to get our notices and haven’t provided us with your new email address?

We are happy to send these notices to anyone who is interested. No need to be a society member.

Kids of all ages had loads of fun when Santa & Mrs. Claus visited the Green school on November 17, 2018

Check out these photos of the recent visit of Santa and Mrs. Merry Claus to Canterbury’s historic one-room Green district schoolhouse.  Both big kids and little kids had big fun.  And all those cookies that Mrs. Claus baked and handed out—yum!

Lots of the photos taken that day are bound to end up on family Christmas cards.

Many thanks to the dynamic duo of board member Amy Orlomoski. and the Canterbury Historical Society’s BFF Linda Orlomoski, for arranging this much-anticipated annual event.

Photo link.