EQUINUNK—A new season of historical extravagance for the Equinunk Historical Society (EHS) will kick off on Saturday with a Memorial Day service and Ice Cream Social held at their headquarters, the Calder House Museum.
The society will open for business as usual at noon with their program beginning at 1 p.m.
Historians Robert (Bob) Wood and Gerald (Jerry) Wood will present this year's memorial tribute. The pair will recount the life of World War I Veteran Edward J. Osborne, otherwise known to them “Uncle Ned.”
According to a release by the EHS press manager Linda Wescott, Osborne was born in 1887 and served with Company A, 311 Machine Gun Battalion out of Camp Meade, Maryland.
“Ned had a distinguished career in the military, but returned home injured, to recover in the comfort of his family,” the release states.
Following the Woods' speech, there will be a walk up to Equinunk Cemetery for a flag-placing ceremony led by Chuck Heyn. The ceremony will honor the service of soldiers of myriad wars buried there.
After the flag placements, EHS will celebrate their open season with their annual, old-fashioned Ice Cream Social.
Attendees will be treated to sundaes, allowed to tour the musuem exhibits and peruse the Calder Shop for their fill of historical texts and trinkets.
According to Coordinator Carol Ann MacMaster, the opening usually draws between 30 and 40 attendees and is often positively received.
“Last year's [event] went pretty well,” she said.
The EHS program brochure will also available at Saturday's event.
Upcoming programs for the year include:
The EHS 18th Annual car show from 10-3 on June 17;
A presentation titled “The Goddess” by Artist Hana Marritz in July. This will be followed by Art Appreciation day which features Equinunk Landscape artist Ed Simpson;
The Woodland Weavers will visit EHS in August;
Lastly, Giles Ebert will visit EHS in September to discuss his 50-year-old Native American artifact collection.
Additionally, EHS programming will feature Peter Gruen's “Blacksmithing” and tours of the Civil-War era Joel Hill Saw Mill, complete with water-wheel demonstration.
From now until October, the Calder House Museum is open on Wednesdays and Fridays from 2-4 p.m. and Saturdays from 12-4 p.m. from Memorial Day through Columbus Day.
The museum will also be open on Sundays in July and August.
The gift shop is open on Saturdays during the museum's hours of operation.
More information about EHS and this year's programming can be found online at www.equinunkhistory.org or by calling the society at 570-224-6722.
—Information from a release was used in this story.