Hopkins family to celebrate 225 years
Updated 11:59 pm, Wednesday, July 4, 2012
Hopkins Vineyard in New Preston will hold a family heritage festival July 7 from noon to 5 p.m.
A rain date of July 8 is slated.
The event, which will celebrate 225 years of Hopkins family ownership of the farm on Lake Waramaug, will be based on a Colonial era theme featuring music and costumes representing 1787, when Hopkins ancestor Elijah Hopkins founded the farm after returning home from the Revolutionary War.
Activities will include a Sons of the American Revolution Color Guard parade at noon, the reading of a proclamation of the anniversary honoring Patriot Elijah Hopkins, refreshments and baked goods. In addition, there will be 18th century music by Hanford & Finlay, who will play tavern songs and a family program, quilting, spinning, weaving, candle making, rope making, blacksmithing, kettle corn and open fire cooking displays, children's offerings provided by the Charles Merriman Society, Children of the American Revolution, genealogy research by the Daughters of the American Revolution, a reenactment of the period, the sale of Colonial-era arts and crafts, and food catered by the Hopkins Inn.
Admission to the event at 25 Hopkins Road is free.