More to experience as fall winds down



Right now, Connecticut is divided — it’s true. There are hypotheticals, there are some blurred lines, but at the end of the day, one must pick a side when asked:

“Is it or is it not yet the holiday season?”

For those of us who are clinging onto the last shreds of autumn fun, here are a few fall activities to enjoy before it’s full-blown string-lights season!  

On Nov. 16, Paradise Hills Vineyard & Winery in Wallingford is hosting The Wines of Thanksgiving. Come out and enjoy an evening of flavor as this local winery presents four wines and four cheeses, including crudities and an antipasto sampler to give you a taste of the season.

Hand-selected by Kent Harrigan, Paradise Hills’ wine connoisseur and host, the featured wines are perfect for the upcoming holiday, and are 10% off for any and all attendees of the event. Tickets are $40 a person, and seating is limited, so be sure to claim your spot sooner rather than later!

Mid-November is a big moment for fall fun! On Nov. 19th, Lyman Orchards will be teaming up with  Bear's BBQ Smokehouse in New Haven to host a Pie Pop-Up Shop!

From 11 a.m. until 3 p.m., visitors can enjoy house-brewed beers and craft cocktails, live music, and yard games. During this time also, be sure to check out the classic selection of Thanksgiving pies from Lyman Orchards. This fab collab is just one of the many fall and winter events Lyman Orchards has planned, so be sure to check out their website for more information on all the upcoming activities! 

The Wilton Historical Society has been holding weekend workshops all throughout autumn, but the Pinecone Thanksgiving Turkeys event coming on Nov. 19 is looking to be a festive event unlike any other.

To shed light on the American customs of Thanksgiving, Catherine Lipper, Wilton Historical Society Museum Educator, will discuss the traditions of serving the Thanksgiving roast turkey, and the presidential pardoning of a turkey in the United States, and address other historical aspects of the holiday.

While they take in the engaging information, participants are invited to create the perfect Thanksgiving feast centerpieces using real pine cones and felt feathers.

The Stanley-Whitman House is bringing back another event from its Foodways series, Hearth Cooking: Colonial Thanksgiving. Through this series, the living history center and museum highlights the vast differences between food culture in colonial times versus today through interactive culinary creation.

Hearth Cooking: Colonial Thanksgiving will demonstrate how to cook a traditional colonial Thanksgiving dinner consisting of chicken, (which was more common in colonial times than turkey), hasty pudding, and roasted root vegetables.

The Stanley-Whitman House has a cap on how many attendees are permitted at this event, requires registration, and is charging $20 for members and $25 for non-members, so make sure to get your ducks – or chickens – in a row ASAP!

However you decide to enjoy these fleeting moments of fall, remember that the earth around us will be evolving, and so should we. Let go of old ways, and welcome the new; people, like nature, must dutifully change, adjust, and prepare for the cold winter that will be here before we know it — so celebrate autumn while it lasts! 

Francesca Fontánez is a Meriden based journalist, educator, and creative. A graduate of both the University of New Haven and the University of Bridgeport, she is happy to be back in Meriden writing about the city she loves and surrounding areas. When she’s not teaching ELA at Washington Middle School she’s either exploring the Eastern seaboard for her lifestyle blog (@ eastsidevibes on Instagram) or working on music for her band, Cessa and The Zach. Email Francesca at eastsidevib eswithcess@gmail.com with tips on what you want to read about next, or just to say hi!



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