Heritage Day features family fun; new wine to be unveiled at noon

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By Ben Collett

The Port William Historical Society’s annual Heritage Day and Fall Festival is upon us. 

For the past three years, I have been in charge of the event and I have been working every year to expand its offerings. This year, with the help of the Events and Programs Committee, it has grown exponentially with a wide range of activities for the entire family.

We are offering historic crafts and games, operated by the Junior Historical Society, as well as period demonstrations, a pumpkin-carving contest (you can bring your own or buy a pumpkin and carve it on site), a pie-eating contest, crafts and antiques vendors and much more.

You can also get your picture taken in our new historic stocks, or you may be locked in if you commit the heinous acts of gossip or slander.

This year’s event will be held from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 20, at the Masterson House and the adjoining field on U.S. 42 East. The main event and parking area will be spread across the field, so watch for signs. This should be a day of great food, fun and learning. Admission is free, and we encourage everyone to come see how we have grown in the past few years.

As a side note, we still have a few spots remaining if you would like to set up as a crafts or antiques vendor or as a demonstrator for Heritage Day. 

The highlight for this year’s festivities is the unveiling of our new wine, produced by River Valley Winery, with a historic twist. The Society and the winery have partnered to produce a series of new wine bottles that will feature labels with local historic homes or landmarks. The first in the series features the Masterson House, the home of the Society and one of Carrollton’s oldest homes. This is a limited-edition production of only 500 bottles. The variety of the wine iteself I will, however, leave for the unveiling at noon on Heritage Day. I hope to see you all there, and don’t forget to buy your official Heritage Day T-shirt at our gift shop.

Play update:I also want to update everyone on our theatrical production of “It’s a Wonderful Life.”

We have cast most of the major players and play practice is in full swing, but we are still in need of some small-part characters (who speak one to two lines at most). We are open to suggestions, if you know someone who may be interested.

For more information about the play or Heritage Day, or to register to be a vendor or period demonstrator on Heritage Day, please call me at (502) 525-4085, or call Deborah Garrett at The News-Democrat, (502) 732-4261.

Event Directions: From I-71 (Exit 44), go right (north) on Hwy. 227 until it dead ends at Highland Avenue (U.S. 42); turn right a the light and drive approximately one-quarter mile.  The Masterson House is on the left, across from Arkema and the Richlawn barn.  

Ben Collett is the president of the Port William Historical Society and resides in Carrollton.