Day: October 3, 2018

Historical Society News

by Joe Bonomo

The Zalmon Read Barn is undergoing an exterior repainting which will take about 6 or 7 days depending on the weather. The barn is being stripped down to bare wood, being treated and then repainted. The UMPAWAUG Schoolhouse Interior will be given a cursory repainting and plaster repair (October) to get it through the winter, much more is needed to be done inside with the floor and the windows.

The UMPAWAUG Schoolhouse Open House will be Sunday, 4 November 2018 from 1PM to 4PM, of course the public is welcome.

The Redding Historical Society will again be privileged to assist at the Annual Turkey Escape Run, with packet hand-out on 21 November and the actual run on 22 November, Thanksgiving morning, hope to see you there.

Also, the Lonetown Farm Holiday Open House is Sunday, 9 December 2018, also 1PM to 4PM, all are welcome.

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If anyone is interested in contributing to either project or to the Redding Historical Society in general, please send your contribution to: Redding Historical Society, P.O. Box 1023, Redding Center, CT 06875. On the MEMO section of your check please indicate which project you would like to contribute to, or leave it blank if you wish your funds to go to RHS General Operations and Administration. Many, Many Thanks.

Bielawa Cigar Art

Hank Bielawa wearing a cigar theme jacket, recently presented to him stands beside one of his many framed cigar band art pieces on display at the Heritage Center in Redding. Hank has spent countless hours and selected hundreds of cigar bands from his collection to create each of these unique artistic displays.

Hank Bielawa was Redding’s First Selectman from 1989 to 1999.