Celebrate the history of ice cream in Newtown

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Celebrate the history of ice cream at The Newtown Historical Society’s Open House on Sunday, June 29, noon-4 p.m. (And yes, there will be ice cream!)

Admission is free, but donations are welcome and appreciated.

At the event, to be held at the Matthew Curtiss House, visitors will learn about the iconic treat that rivals the all-American apple pie. While discovering some of the more unusual ice cream flavors, visitors can taste a recipe made famous by Dolly Madison, who served it to her White House guests in 1813.

If you’re ambitious, you can also help make some ice cream the old-fashion way. There’s nothing more satisfying than sitting down to enjoy the results of your own labor.

In celebration of Ferris Acres Creamery’s 10th anniversary, Charles Ferris III and his wife, Shirley, will stop by between 1 and 3 p.m. to share the history of dairy farming in general, and their farm in particular. The Ferris family arrived in Newtown from Stamford in 1703. William David Baldwin Ferris moved to the site of their current farm on Sugar Street in 1864, and William’s son, Charles Ferris, Sr., built an apple orchard. It wasn’t until the 1930s that dairy animals were introduced by Charles Ferris, Jr. and the rest, as they say, is history.

In conjunction with the open house, a walking tour of Sandy Hook Center will be conducted by town historian Dan Cruson. Several stories of intrigue, including the Sandy Hook shoot-out 1898, will be included. The tour will start at noon and last about 45 minutes. Meet at Washington Park, wear good walking shoes, then join folks back at the Matthew Curtiss House for the ice cream event.

New members are always welcome and volunteers are needed to help organize and run the the Newtown Historical Society’s many events. For more information, go here or here or call 203-426-5937.

Linda Tuccio-Koonz

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