Hopkins family to celebrate 225 years
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 the 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; 18th-Century music by Hanford & Finlay, who will play tavern songs and a family program; quilting, spinning, weaving, candle making, rope making, black smithing, 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.