Friday, July 17, 2015

Answers to Where in Downtown Wallingford are these things?

Hi! Here we are giving the answers to two actual postings: link 1 and link 2

The answer to the face on a building in Link 1 (above) is that it is located on the building where Serenity Day Spa and Harriman Real Estate are on Center Street downtown.

The face is under the arch shape towards the upper left of the photo or way above the word "Serenity" on the sign.

The answers to the items in Link 2 (also found above in the first sentence) are as follows:

1)  The vault alarm is on the right side of the building of Bank of America (Center Street) along Williams St.  (And for those who thought it was at J. Christians- there is one there which may some day appear in another one of these Where is It posts!!

2) The Rosie the Riveter sign is on the wall in Center Street  Luncheonette at  18 Center Street in Wallingford.

3) The decorative support bracket is on the Wallingford Railroad Station.

4) The wooden chute and concrete structures are the railroad old coal chute on Quinnipiac Street, which was used to fuel the trains of yesteryear.

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Thursday, July 16, 2015

Where to find Pizza in Downtown Wallingford

We've compiled a collection of where to get pizza in downtown Wallingford.  We will let you decide which you like best, but we will make it easier for you to find pizza downtown.  If we somehow have missed a place downtown or if something is inaccurate, please let us know and we will do our best to correct it!  They are listed in no certain order or priority.
In future blog posts we will be doing reviews on each pizza place. We will also be adding to this list.

Wallingford Pizza House

Wallingford Pizza House

(203) 294-1000

Colony Pizza Restaurant and Sports Bar

Colony Pizza House & Restaurant

(203) 269-7440

Stella Pizza

Stella Pizza & Restaurant

(203) 265-5301
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Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Twilight Tunes: Rich Bobinski Orchestra July 15th, 2015

Twilight Tunes

Come have a wonderful evening under the stars with the Twilight Tunes. Before that, take a stroll down Center Street and enjoy a great meal or cocktail at one of downtown's wonderful restaurants. Or pick something up to enjoy at the concert. Stop by a fine restaurant or bar after the show for a drink or dessert (or both)! A great way to enjoy an evening in the middle of the week!

Rich Bobinski Orchestra     website link
Wednesday, July 15, 2015
7:00 PM – 8:30 PM

Wallingford Parade Ground
South Main Street
Wallingford, CT 06492
Driving Directions

Sponsored by the Department of Parks & Recreation and Stop & Shop Supermarkets.

Information: 203-294-2120.

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Monday, July 13, 2015

Where in Downtown Wallingford are These Things?

Can you tell us where these 4 things are in downtown Wallingford?  Try to tell us the building, business, address or location of each of these items. 

Tell us your guesses in the comments below!!!  The answer will be given in a future blog post!  Try to name the name of the place and the street.  We will reveal the answers in the post on Friday, July 17th, 2015.





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Sunday, July 12, 2015

A Visit to a Historic House-Samuel Parsons House part 2

This is a continuation of yesterday's post, which I originally wrote for another blog.  Hope you enjoy it!

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

A Visit to a Historic House-Samuel Parsons House part 2

Welcome back!
Are you ready for more in exploring more of the colonial Samuel Parsons house in Wallingford, Connecticut? I hope you liked Part 1.  We are going to take a look at the kitchen today.  Looking in here makes me appreciate the chore of cooking and other kitchen chores we have to deal with today.  Look at the metal arm in there with the pots and kettles hanging on it. This would swing out when adding or checking ingredients, when serving and swing back depending on how close one would want it close to the fire. The big black metal thing at the bottom was a type of oven for roasting and baking that one would put in towards the fire. One would control the temperatures of cooking by how close something was placed to the fire or smaller hot coals were placed under or near what ever was being cooked.
The brass colored metal lollipop shaped item is a bed warmer. Hot coals would be placed in it and it could be placed in between the covers to warm the bed briefly before someone climbed in.  This was usually done for sick people or others who for various reasons would be in

Many different implements which were used with a cooking fireplace. 

more need of it.
This fireplace is where most of the cooking was done.

Unusual to have a window like this in the pantry

To the left of the fireplace is a door to the pantry (which you can part of to the left of the fireplace). In this particular pantry are several shelves. For museum purposes they store lots of china, utensils, kitchen tools and other items. They are not necessarily to the period of the house. What is unique about the pantry is that there is also a window in it built in behind the chimney of the kitchen fireplace. The staff have no idea of why that may be. Perhaps you can offer some of your thoughts in the comments section below.  What is nice is that it offers light to make it easier to see in the pantry.

Now what about your coffee? Can't whip out the percolator or the drip coffee maker. Want the Kreurig coffee and tea maker with the pods. No can do.  Do you have an electric coffee bean grinder so you can have the freshest coffee possible? Well as luxurious as that sounds to some people, fresh ground coffee was the only way you could get it in the days before electricity.

But you had to do it by hand!
On the table against the wall are two examples of coffee grinders.

 And one more thought on household chores, there were no vacuum cleaners or steam cleaners.  Instead one would bring a rug outside, hang it up and beat it with the contraption below called a rug beater. I would hate to be near one of those with my allergies.The rugbeater
Close-up of Coffee Grinder, No Starbucks here!

Now on a terrible note of humor, please don't get upset with me if  I say "Beat it!".  People often tell me the reason they laugh at my jokes is because they are so bad.
On a more serious note, I really want to thank you for joining me! I do hope you enjoyed this bit of a trip back in history!
Please come back for the further continuation of this short series of posts on the tour of the Samuel Parsons house. Please share with me what you think.  The cost for getting in to tour this particular house is nothing. It is based on a donation of what you wish to make. They also have some publications and a few small items for sale inside. All the monies go toward the Wallingford Historical Society and for maintenance of the house.
Link to a picture of the house

I hope that you have a wonderful day and that this tour was enjoyable. Check back for the continuation of this series. Please share your comments in the comment section and share this with a friend!

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