Year: 2019

Update: Community Works with Bernadette Welsh on North Haven Public TV

During 2018, the Museum Director, Beth Payne, was interviewed and filmed by Bernadette Welsh of North Haven TV for her program, Community Works. This program in North Haven TV focuses on local non-profits which add value and interest to those living in our communities. The result was a 30-minute program which tells the story of The Dudley Farm Museum, encourages visitors to experience just a taste of what late 19th Century life on a local farm was like, and take part in some of the programs and activities which engage our visitors.

The video is available for your viewing pleasure at https://vimeo.com/263394075

The Dudley Farm Museum Has been featured in the Daily Nutmeg – see full article at: http://dailynutmeg.com/2018/07/20/dudley-farm-museum-family-farm/

It’s the sweetest time of year!

We will again be making maple syrup in our sugar house. This family activity gives young and old a chance to shake off cabin fever and enjoy being outside. It is very weather dependent, so please check our Facebook page or call (203-457-0770) for updates. We hope to tap our trees February 15th, and demonstrate sugaring on the Farm Saturdays from 10-2 and Sundays 11-3 through March 10th. Come make some sweet memories!

Traditional Rug Hooking Workshop – March 23rd and 24th


This traditional rug hooking workshop will be by master craftswoman Michele Micarelli (Michelemicarelli.com). We are fortunate to have this talented, internationally known individual to lead us during this at 2 day workshop full of color, color and more color. Creativity discussions on dying and lots of fun. All levels welcome. Lunch will be included in the cost. Please contact us at 203-457-0770 for more details or to register.

Community Tag Sale – April 27, 2019

Saturday, April 27, 2019 (Rain Date: Saturday, May 4th)
8:30 AM to 2 PM
Spaces are $20 (12”x12”) 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 203-457-0047. The Dudley Farm will again be offering “Treasures from the Dudley Farm Attic (and barns!) You just might find that early relic you’ve been looking for.

Sunday Afternoon at the Farm EARLY SPRING WILDFLOWER WALK – April 29, 2019

Sunday, April 29, 2019
2-4 PM
Lauren Brown, Leader 
The Dudley Farm Museum is pleased to again have Lauren Brown lead interested folk on an Early Spring Wildflower Walk. As we walk, we will be helping maintain the trail by disposing of the invasive plant, garlic mustard.  Please note: NO DOGS for this event. 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, June 8 – Connecticut Open House Day

We will be open from 9AM to 4PM for this FREE and popular day at the Museum. Cultural organizations and tourism attractions throughout the state open their doors to Connecticut residents and invite them to discover — and rediscover — Connecticut’s fascinating world of art, history, film and tourism.

Well-Being Day 2019

Event Date: June 22
Rain Date: June 29
Time: 9 AM – 12:30 PM

The following free activities are offered:

Better Bend and Squat for Gardeners
Katy Forline, Move2JoyLLC.com, Durham, CT. (860) 930-0890
Helpful hip and back anatomy and the use of props will be demonstrated along with easy ways to reduce risk to joints while gardening. Massage Therapist, Yoga Tune Up® Instructor, dancer, movement educator – Katy is locally known for her friendly approach to increasing body wisdom.

Chair Massage
Shoreline Massage, 854 Boston Post Road (Shoreline Plaza), Guilford, CT. (203) 689-5143
Shoreline Massage specializes in full body, Swedish, trigger point, and couples massage. Also, prenatal, hot stone, and foot massage, and reflexology. 

Children’s Corner
Singing with Susan Peak, Studio Blue Guitar, www.studioblueguitar.com, 860-836-8157. 

Eating Well:  Joan Sommers RD, CDN, CDE, jmmwellness.com, Guilford, CT. 203-533-7137
Joan is a certified nutritionist who works at JMM Wellness in Guilford and specialized in diabetes, weight management and bariatrics. She will be preparing healthy dishes using food grown by the Farmers’ Market vendors, and offering samples, nutritional advice, and recipes.

Gentle Flow Yoga
Emily Haight, EmilyHaightYoga.com, Clinton, CT.
As a certified RYT Yoga instructor, Emily is determined to teach yoga that empowers, to help people achieve physical alignment, body positivity, a clear mind and happy heart. The class is open to all ages and experience, and she makes yoga accessible to every person. Please bring your own mat or towel.

Music & Mandalas
Ann West, Mandala Cello Woman, Guilford, CT. 203 453-0291
Ann is a professional cellist and Jungian life coach. She will give a brief introduction to the Mandala (“sacred circle”) used in traditional Asian meditation, and as a therapeutic tool to help people who want to sooth the soul and deepen self-awareness. Participants will be guided to draw their own mandalas, accompanied by live cello music. 

Taoist Tai Chi for Health and to Relieve Stress.
Greg Coleman and Edwina Trentham, Taoist Tai Chi Society of America, Guilford, CT.
Poets and instructors, Greg and Edwina will introduce the moves of Taoist Tai Chi, which is designed to promote health and well-being for people of all ages and in all health conditions. Continuing students will demonstrate the complete set of Tai Chi moves. No experience necessary.

Walking Labyrinth
Greg Coleman, heartstonelabyrinths.com, Moodus, CT.
When Greg designs labyrinths for people he seeks to express their intentions and energy. He has created a temporary walking labyrinth for the Dudley Farm and and invites all of you to begin your exploration of labyrinths and the patterns of energy that are around and within us all.

And in other news …

Available: Annual Report 2018

Our 2018 Annual Report is available for you to review.


Update: Grants Awarded

1. The Dudley Farm Museum received a $3,053 grant from The Guilford Foundation to support the development of the Museum’s Interpretation Plan. The goal of this plan is to use the land, buildings and collections of the Dudley Farm Museum to explore the agricultural history of North Guilford, CT by developing an understanding of the operation of the Dudley family farm from 1870 to 1910, the roles/work of family members and the importance of farming in Guilford’s past, present and future. We are very grateful for this support!

2. Grants were also received from the 1772 Foundation to support our work on the Big Barn Project, and also a grant from the Community Foundation for Greater New Haven to help fund the reconstruction of an icehouse and inclusion of public restrooms. These projects will add much to help us achieve our mission.

3. Thanks to a generous grant from the Summer Hill Foundation we will be able to complete several smaller projects this year at the Farm, including our reconstructed milk house and public restrooms.


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The Dudley Foundation is a registered nonprofit with Amazon Smile. The next time you shop at Amazon.com please consider shopping through the Amazon Smile link and select The Dudley Foundation as your charity of choice. Visit Amazon Smile for more details.


Update: Big Barn Project

Phase I and Phase II of the Big Barn Project are DONE, and soon we will see the beginning of Phase III! 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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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


The Dudley Farm Organic Garden Group 

The Dudley Farm Organic Garden Group is being revised. No new meetings are scheduled but if you are interested in this please email gardens@dudleyfarm.com