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34th Annual Harvest Fair- VENDORS WANTED!

on 4/15/2014

Holliston Historical Society

547 Washington Street


We invite Crafters (no additional jewelers, please) and Antique Dealers/Sellers to our 34 Annual Harvest Fair.

September 21, 2014 10am-4pm

(rain date Sept. 28)

For an application and information, please contact Shirley Melle at 508-429-5361 or



Home Brew 2014 - Update

on 4/14/2014

We had good success with the root beer that we mixed and bottle during the class.  It turned fizzy after 2 weeks of carbonating in the cellar.  We bottled the wort on Friday April 11th, 3 weeks after we brewed it at the Asa Whting House.  Like the root beer, It will also need 2 weeks or so to carbonate.

Details of the wort follow:

Kit:  Coopers Real Ale (hopped malt concentrate)

Fermenting Date:  March 23, 2014
Fermenting Temp:  around 58 to 60 degrees (cellar temp)
Original gravity (specific gravity before we put the lid on the fermenter):  OG 1.030 (I

Intro to Home Brewing, Sunday March 23rd, 1 to 3 pm

on 3/1/2014

If you have ever wondered how to make your own home brewed beer or are interested in getting started, please join us on Sunday, March 23, 2014 at the Holliston Historical Society, 547 Washington Street from 1 to 3 PM.  This talk is aimed toward never-ever’s.  We will show you some of the equipment and techniques on how to make your first-ever batch of beer.  There will be demonstrations and a hands-on component

to the talk.   Seating is limited to 20 people.  Sign-up via email at or call the webmaster at 508-429-5929 and let us know that you are

CANCELLED - 10th Annual Train Show on Feb 15 and 16th at Town Hall

on 2/14/2014

Due to the snow expected for this weekend, it is with deep regret that we are cancelling the 10th Annual Train Show. We understand this is disappointing, but do not wish to jeopardize the safety of our guests and fellow train enthusaists. Thank you for your understanding, and we hope to see you next year!

A Fruitcake by Any Other Name

on 12/23/2013

The earliest fruitcake was a version buried with the Egyptians to eat during the afterlife.  Romans also had a version made of barley, pomegranate seeds, pine nuts, and raisins.  During the Middle Ages, dried fruit became more widely available and were incorporated into the cakes.  Middle Age variations throughout Europe included Italian Panforte ("strong bread") and German stollen.  With the importation of cheap sugar from the colonies in the 16th century, the modern fruitcake was invented.  The modern fruitcake relies on sugar-preserved fuits.  Nuts were added during the 18th century.

Stone Walls from Here to Calif. and Back 8 times!

on 1/19/2013

I recently attended a talk on stone walls by Kevin Gardner of New Hampshire, author of "The Granite Kiss: Traditions and Techniques of Building New England Stone Walls."  Did you know that our recent ancestors (mostly during the post Civil War) built enough stone walls to make the trip to California eight times -- this is approximately 250,000 miles of walls.  Why so many stone walls?  Because of the glaciers, a lot of stone was deposited in New England.