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34th Annual Harvest Fair

on 8/9/2014

Fall will be in the air soon and the Harvest Fair committee members, with Shirley Melle as Chairperson, have been busily planning for this years' much anticipated Fair. It will be held on Sunday, September 21st  from 10am until 4pm on our lovely grounds at 547 Washington St. Holliston, MA 01746. The rain date will be Sunday, September 28th.

This year's fair will feature a pleasing variety of vendors, new and returning.

Early summer saw the Society having its annual meeting with the election of officers for the 2014-2015 year.  After the business portion several honorees were awarded for their contribution to the Society.  Ginny and Don Bates were Member(s) of the Year and Rick and Joanne Brown received the President's Award.  Congratulations!

In June, the Annual Father's Day Car Show and Breakfast was held with over 200 cars participating and many guests and admirers voted on their favorite. The kitchen served up a hearty breakfast during the show.

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

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.

Website honoring Leonard T. Ryerson of 133 Eagle Squadron

on 5/28/2012

Did you know Len Ryerson?

Leonard T. Ryerson was a resident of Holliston whose love of flying lead him to join the RAF Eagle Squadrons before America was involved in WWII. He is honored not only with a Veterans Memorial at the corner of Washington Street and Johnson Drive, but by a website, created by his grand-niece, Susan Heavner.