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Dave the oxen looking over fence
Photo by Janet Dudley.
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UPCOMING EVENTS
· Friday, September23rd
Saturday, September 24th
Sunday, September 25th

Museum Closed This Weekend
Please Note: The Dudley Farm Museum will be closed from Friday, September 23rd through Sunday, September 25th. The Museum will reopen Thursday, September 29th at 10 AM. The Farmers’ Market will be open Saturday, September 24th from 9 AM to 12:30 PM.

· Saturdays, June through October
Summer Farmers’ Market
9 AM to 12:30 PM
   Garlic scapes and parsley from the Farmers' Market.
   Photo by Barbara Hanson.
The Dudley Farm Farmers’ Market, now in its 21st year, opens for the summer on Saturday, June 4. Hours are 9 AM to 12:30 PM every Saturday through October. The Market is a family-oriented gathering place held on the picturesque grounds of the historic Dudley Farm Museum. It provides the opportunity to purchase local and organic seasonal produce and handmade art and crafts, while enjoying the beauty and serenity of the Farm as it was in the year 1900. In addition to fruits and vegetables, also available are baked goods, eggs, fresh cut flowers, herbs and potted plants, honey and maple syrup, jams and jellies, naturally-raised meat, and pickles. Our handmade items include hand-spun yarn, paintings, photographs, cards, jewelry, soap, woodworking, pottery, sewing, quilting and more.

The market is subject to cancellation due to inclement weather.

· Saturday, September 10th
Rain Date: Saturday, September 17th

3rd Fairy Festival at The Dudley Farm Farmers’ Market
9 AM to 12:30 PM
   Photograph of little girl with fairy wings.
   Photo submitted by Farmers’ Market.
Join us at the Dudley Farm Farmers’ Market on Saturday, September 10th from 9 AM to 12:30 PM for our third annual Fairy Festival. We welcome you to dress for the occasion in your finest Fairy or Elf ensemble, or any other spritely attire. Children (accompanied by adults) can follow our Fairy Trail, color a Flying Butterfly Fairy, stop by the Save-Our-Monarchs station, decorate a wand, and discover their Fairy names. They can also create a crown with Cheryl Kling, local author of Nature’s Royal Tea Party. Crafts are limited to the first 200 fairies, but the Fairy Trail and other stations will be available throughout the event. Come join us as we bring Fairies to the Farm! Rain date is Saturday, September 17th.

For more information, please contact 860-349-3917 or check us out on Facebook at Dudley Farm Museum. The market is subject to cancellation due to inclement weather.

· Saturday, September 10th, 1 to 4 PM
Sunday, September 11th, 1 to 4 PM

Early Guilford Days Family Festival
Also on September 10th and continuing through September 11th is the Annual Early Guilford Days Family Festival, which will start after the end of the Fairy Festival. This event is being coordinated by the Five Historic Museums of Guilford and features activities and demonstrations at all the museums. So come to the Dudley Farm, see our animals, help with household chores, whittle away some of the day and watch a saw horse demonstration.

The Dudley Farm Museum is open Saturday, September 10th from 1 to 4 PM and Sunday, September 11th from 1 to 4 PM. The other 4 historic museums located in Guilford are open from 11 AM to 4 PM both days. Price for the Festival is $5 for one day, $8 for 2 days—includes all 5 museums. Children 11 and younger free. Please make a day—or two—of it.

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· Update
Big Barn Project: Granary Section Complete
Photo of Big Barn Granary Section completed.
    
Photo by Beth Payne.

Phase I of the Big Barn Project is DONE! Now on to the next part. As you know, money doesn’t grow on trees (and we even planted money plants in an attempt to make more!) so donations to the project are gratefully received. Come by, look at our beautiful barn, gaze at our gardens—take a seat—maybe have a picnic. The Dudley Farm is a quiet space in this crazy world.

Click here for more details on The Big Barn Project.
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· Press Release
The Dudley Foundation Awarded Grant
to Develop Strategic Plan

May 1, 2016, Guilford–A $1500 grant to The Dudley Farm Museum/Dudley Foundation awarded by Connecticut Humanities will enable the Foundation’s Board to develop and implement the Foundation’s first strategic plan. Once completed with the guidance of Donna Baron, Museum Consultant, this plan will provide direction to the organization in fulfilling its mission “To preserve, restore, and operate the farm as a historical, educational, and recreational resource to serve the general public.”

As stated in the grant application with concurrence by Foundation President Oliver Scranton, “The Board recognizes that this is not something that can be done by the Board or (Museum) Director in partnership with each other or alone, but that a formalized approach is needed to achieve success. A strategic plan will help guide the Foundation for the next 3 to 5 years as it remains the only farm museum in southern Connecticut, and works toward its vision to ‘provide leadership to the greater community in the promotion of historic awareness and interpretation of the history of the North Guilford community.’ The utilization of a consultant will result in the creation of a realistic strategy that matches current and anticipated resources, helping to ensure that Board and staff embrace the plan and agree on the articulated goals.”

Connecticut Humanities, a nonprofit affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities, supports cultural and historic organizations that tell the state’s stories, build community and enrich lives.

· Second Tuesday of each month
The Dudley Farm Garden Group
7 to 8:30 PM
Next Meeting: October 11th, lower level of Munger Barn
The Dudley Farm Museum is sponsoring a garden discussion group focused on growing organic edibles—vegetables, herbs and flowers. This will be an informal group allowing the participants to share knowledge and ideas about organic methods and successful plants for this area.

Possible discussion topics include insect and disease control, starting a fall and winter garden, soil improvement, encouraging beneficial insects and plants, good recipes, composting, etc.

During the growing season the Dudley Farm Community Garden provides an opportunity for participants to see firsthand some of the methods and results of organic gardening and to talk to gardeners about their experiences there. We have many very knowledgeable participants, including several Master Gardeners. We have good contacts with other community gardens and plan field trips to other gardens.

The group is open to the public and—like the Dudley Farm—not limited to Guilford residents. No prior gardening experience is necessary. Feel free to bring a brown bag dinner. There is no charge. For more information call the office 203-457-0770 and leave a message for Judy Stone, Dudley Farm Community Garden Coordinator, or email info@dudleyfarm.com with a message to be forwarded.

We recommend that you check the farm website dudleyfarm.com on the day of the meeting in the event of a weather or other type of unexpected cancellation. You may also be added to a BCC email mailing list to get direct communications.

· Show your support
Help Keep Our Textile Collection Cozy and Warm
Drawing of women quilting.
    

Do you know the Dudley Farm Museum has more than 40 quilts, a large collection of period clothing, and several 19th century wedding gowns? Some of these articles are really beautiful, but many are in need of conservation — a process which is both time consuming and expensive.

We would like to establish a special fund for the care of our extensive textile collection, starting with the conservation of the crazy quilt donated to us by the Potter family when the Museum first began. This historically significant piece has been displayed in the Museum library for years, and contains references to the Blizzard of ’88, various Connecticut towns, and other significant events of local historical interest.

So — as you stay cozy and warm under YOUR quilt (or blanket!) this winter, consider a donation to the Dudley Foundation to help support our efforts to preserve our past. As always, your contribution are tax-deductible. Simply note on your check “Textile Conservation Fund.”

Thanks for your help.

· Available…
Voices from North Guilford
Over eight years in the making, the book Voices from North Guilford has been published and is available for purchase at The Dudley Farm Museum. Click here for details.


RECENT EVENTS
· Press Release
Restoration of the Big Barn at
The Dudley Farm Museum Begins

Big Barn with siding removed.
    

May 12, 2016, Guilford–The picturesque large grey barn on the grounds of The Dudley Farm is finally getting a facelift.

After a year of fundraising, The Dudley Foundation is able to begin the first phase of restoration needed to ensure that it remains structurally sound and can become the region’s center for displaying the area’s largest collection of locally used agricultural artifacts. Once restored the public will be able to view the different assembly techniques used during the extended period of construction, as well as gain an appreciation for the farm tools and equipment used during the period of 1860–1920.

This imposing structure is the focal point for those who come to visit The Dudley Farm Museum, tour its grounds, and view its exhibits. The grounds, and especially this barn, are favorite subjects for artists and photographers. Impressively visible at the junction of State Routes 77 and 80, it reminds locals of Guilford’s agricultural heritage and the significance of agriculture in the establishment of North Guilford as an agrarian part of the greater Guilford community.

“The big barn, as well as the rest of the Dudley Farm, has been a North Guilford icon for well over a century, remaining constant as farming in our town has changed. I am pleased that we can see its preservation go forward,” says Oliver (Buster) Scranton, Foundation president.

The barn complex is composed of three distinct sections assembled over a period of more than 70 years, beginning shortly before the Civil War. The structure contains a traditional hay loft, as well as space for work animals, dairy cattle, tools, wagons, and sleighs. Currently the structure stores the Museum’s many tools and pieces of farm equipment, as well as hay and feed for the animals which inhabit the Museum property.

East Guilford Construction (Madison) has been contracted to do the first phase of this project, while William Thompson (Thompson and Burns, Architects, Guilford) is providing design services and guidance.

· Sunday, July 17, 2016
Basket Making: Carrying the Tradition on in North Guilford
9:30 AM
Photograph of handmade basket.
    

Unfortunately, the Basket Making workshop for this Sunday has been cancelled due to poor response. If there is interest, it will be offered again in the Fall.
If you’ve ever attended The Dudley Farm Farmers’ Market you’ve seen the lovely baskets made by Guilford native Donna Lowell. Watching her work you see that she can readily whip up a classic New England style basket — and she enjoys teaching the craft to others. “I teach children, adults — anyone who thinks it would be fun to learn.” Always skilled at making things with her hands, Donna is entirely self-taught. After being given some particularly interesting and unique baskets, Donna visited the Guilford Library to read and learn about basket making from the wealth of information available there.

Donna weaves her magic in her home studio in North Guilford, designing unique items, filling commission orders, and supplying The Dudley Farm Farmers’ Market with baskets at her “Thimble Reed” basket stand. And now The Dudley Farm Museum is offering a class with Donna on Sunday morning, July 17th at 9:30 AM. The $90 fee, (or $135 for 2 adult family members) includes all materials and 5–6 hours of instruction. The reward is a beautiful handmade basket to take home! For more information or to register, please call The Dudley Farm Museum at 203-457-0770.

· Sunday, May 22, 2016
BRUNCH AT THE BARN!
11 AM to 2 PM
Come join us on Sunday, May 22nd for a fundraiser event to save the Big Barn. Brunch, prepared with our Farmers’ Market products, will be served at the Munger Barn from 11 AM to 2 PM.

ENJOY
  • Signature Mimosas
  • Music by The Dudley Farm String Band
  • Good conversation with friends
  • A Silent Auction with selected hand-made treasures and
    collectible antiques from The Dudley Farm Museum attic
You’ll be able to learn details about our restoration project, followed by a tour of the Big Barn complex so you can personally see what will take place over the next few years. Seating will be limited. Tickets are $40 per person and can be purchased at The Dudley Farm Museum or by calling (203) 457-0770 or email info@dudleyfarm.com.

Click here for more details on The Big Barn Project.

· First Saturday of the month, February 6, March 5, April 2 & May 7
The Dudley Farm 2016 Winter Market
9 AM to 12:30 PM
Glass bottles of Maple Syrup in the sunlight.
    
Photo by Barbara Hanson.

The Dudley Farm Winter Market will be held the first Saturday of each month February through May, from 9 AM to 12:30 PM in the Munger Barn. We offer baked goods, eggs, handmade crafts, jams and jellies, naturally-raised meats, pickles, winter vegetables and more.

Subject to cancellation due to inclement weather.

· Saturday, May 7, 2016
Museum Opens For the Season
The Dudley Farm Museum invites you to tour our home beginning Saturday, May 7th. Spring cleaning is done and the house is ready for company. Won’t you stop by?

· Tuesday & Wednesday, May 3 & 4, 2016
The Great Give
   The Great Give logo and date May 3-4, 2016
  
Get ready! Help support The Dudley Farm Museum with your donation through www.TheGreatGive.org beginning at 8AM May 3–4, 2016. Save the date and spread the word. We are participating in this event for matching funds.

· Sunday, May 1, 2016
Sunday Afternoon at the Farm
EARLY SPRING WILDFLOWER WALK
2 PM
   Book cover: Wildflowers and Winter Weeds by Lauren Brown.
  
Though we will be early for the notable displays, spring could be early too, and you never know what we might find. Join local botanist Lauren Brown for a sneak preview of the season.

Lauren Brown is the author of Wildflowers and Winter Weeds, Weeds and Wildflowers in Winter and Grasses: An Identification Guide.












· Saturday, April 30, 2016
Rain Date: Saturday, May 7, 2016

Community Tag Sale
8:30 AM to 2 PM
Spaces are $20 and you will need to bring your own tables and chairs.
Set-up on Saturday morning must be completed by 7:30 AM. Early set-up on Friday Evening is at 6 PM. First come first serve. Food & beverages, including coffee & baked goods, will be available.

Donations accepted for gently used items in good condition for the Dudley Farm Tag Sale Table. Please make an appointment to drop off donations. No clothing please. All proceeds from Farm Table benefit The Dudley Farm Museum. For more information or to reserve a space call Jerri Guadagno at 203–457–0770 or email info@dudleyfarm.com.

· Saturday, April 23, 2016
Celebrate Earth Day with North Guilford Nursery School
10 AM to 3 PM
North Guilford Nursery School presents Earthfest. Join us for a fun-filled family event celebrating Earthday. There will be plenty of kid-friendly activities and demonstrations culminating with a cow chip bingo raffle. This free event and raffle to be held on April 23rd 10 AM to 3 PM on the grounds of The Dudley Farm Museum. Raffle tickets will go on sale February 1st. For more information please call the School at 203-457-0808.

· Saturday, April 23, 2016
Raptor Program in the Munger Barn
1:30 to 2:30 PM
   Photograph of Aviana the Red Tailed Hawk of Blue Moon Raptors.
   Aviana
   Photograph of Onyx the Barred Owl of Blue Moon Raptors.
   Onyx
Rose Crisci from Blue Moon Raptors (bluemoonraptors.org) will present a program to benefit the Big Barn Project. Ticket prices are $3.00 children, $7.00 adults and $15.00 families. The program will be held in the Munger Barn in conjunction with the NGNS Earthfest program on April 23. This is a ticketed event and seating is limited. Advance ticket purchase at The Dudley Farm Museum or North Guilford Nursery School is encouraged, however if event is not sold out tickets may be available at the door.

The hour long program will feature Aviana, a Red Tailed Hawk who came to Blue Moon Raptors in the fall of 2011 with an injury to her left wing and Onyx, a Barred Owl who has been in captivity since 2008 after he fell from his nest and sustained an injury to his wing.












· Saturday, April 9, 2016
Rain Date: Saturday, April 16, 2016

The Dudley Farm Museum Spring Clean-up Day
9 AM until finished.
It has been a hard Winter and Spring has arrived. It is now time to spruce up The Dudley Farm Museum grounds. Work will include cleaning up garden beds, raking leaves, picking up branches etc. Volunteers are needed to help with the clean-up.

Please bring your gloves, rakes and other handy tools. Coffee and donuts will be provided.

· February/March Event
Maple Syruping Demonstration
The trees are tapped, the sap is running. Maple syrup is being made at The Dudley Farm Museum! As you know, this is very weather dependent, so call 203–457–0770 Wednesday through Saturday, or email ngdudleyfarm@gmail to inquire. It is a sweet time at the Farm!

· Sunday, March 6th
Genealogy Workshop
1 to 4 PM
How many branches does YOUR family tree have? Tracy Tomaselli, a life long Guilford resident, descendant of 13 founders of Guilford, and genealogist for over 25 years will be available March 6th for a genealogy workshop at The Dudley Farm Museum, Sunday from 1 to 4 PM. Tracy will explain how to use ancestry.com, as well as other internet and local resources. Space is limited to the first 10 to sign up. Please bring laptop, a family tree, and questions. Want to be in on the fun? Call 203–457–0770 or email ngdudleyfarm@gmail.

· Tuesday, February 2nd
Change of date, time and place for the Garden Group’s February meeting
6:45 PM
Our group will be joining the Branford Garden Club on Tuesday, February 2nd at 6:45 PM at the Branford Community House, 46 Church Street, Branford, CT

Judy Stone will give an informal talk:
Organic Gardening: What, Why and How
This meeting is free and open to the public; please bring along interested friends. The evening will be a great opportunity to share experiences about organic gardening, whether you are experienced and even especially if you are a novice. It will be a good opportunity to connect with other local gardeners, some of whom are members of the Branford Community Garden, the Dudley Farm, their visitors and supporters, and the Branford Garden Club.

The talk will address why and how we garden organically, some of the science behind this, and in a much larger context the environmental issues at stake. There will be a slide show of photos from the Dudley Farm Community Garden and other organic gardens. Resource materials will be available.

· Sunday, January 17, 2016
Snow Date: Sunday, January 24, 2016

Sunday Afternoon at the Farm: Bottom Line Murder
2 PM
   Photograph of cover of Bottom Line Murder, a book by Bill Black.
  
Come in out of the cold and heat things up downstairs at the Munger Barn on Sunday, January 17th at 2 PM, (snow date of Sunday, January 24th at 2 PM). Our own Bill Black will be reading from and discussing his book, Bottom Line Murder. The proceeds from any book sales will be donated to support the Big Barn Project. Reservations are encouraged by calling Bill at (203) 457–1459.

Bill Black is a first time author living in North Guilford. Growing up in New York City, Bill took his street experiences and combined them with his military service and a lifetime of accounting knowledge to create, after a seventeen year writing period, a novel mixing murder, bribery and international terrorism.

His main character, Mark O’Connor, a retired New York City detective, now works as a forensic accountant, specializing in criminal investigations. This sedate retirement life he chose turns into anything but sedate as he utilizes his past detective skills to solve a variety of crimes, a challenge he openly welcomes.

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