The Kent Historical Society has been working hard this spring and is holding several special events in order to raise funds for the exterior restoration of the Seven Hearths Museum, one of the oldest pre-revolutionary houses in Kent built in 1751.
Located in the scenic Flanders Historic District of Kent and on the National Register of Historic Places, the Seven Hearths Museum was once the home of famous portrait painter, George Lawrence Nelson. The house is open to the public and offers a series of changing exhibitions that reflect the history of this small Connecticut town that is located deep in the Litchfield Hills.
In order to raise funds for this restoration to match a grant that was given to the Kent Historical Society by the Connecticut Trust for Preservation, the Society is holding two baking workshops with Patsy Stroble, a highly acclaimed local chef and baker. The workshops are being held on April 15 and April 16 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the kitchen of the First Congregational Church on 97 Main St. North in the center of Kent. On April 15 participants will learn about molded pates, savory tarts and the baking of miniature cupcakes and petit fours, plus the preparation of cake and cream puff fillings. The decoration of the items baked the day before will be the focus on April 16 and participants will learn tips from the pros on how to prepare beautiful creations.
The highlight of the weekend is the “spirited tea” and 19th century musical concert that will take place on April 17 at the Kent Community Center on 93 Main St. North. A concert featuring a range of music from Stephen Foster songs to lively dances and recently discovered music of the 19th century will be performed by the Rosewood Chamber Ensemble at 2:30 p.m. The concert will be followed by period readings by former BBC broadcaster and author, Frank Delaney.
As for food and drink, participants can sip tea or stronger libations and enjoy delicious authentic treats both sweet and savory that have been researched by Patsy Stroble and made for this event. Tickets are $50 per person and will benefit the outside restoration of the Seven Hearths Museum. For more information contact the Kent Historical Society at email@example.com or call 860-927-4587.
For more area information on the Litchfield Hills visit the website of the Visitors Bureau.