Dear Members, Friends & Neighbors,
Your financial support has enabled us to complete and start several projects on the Historic Ketcham Inn & Tavern during 2010. Restorations by our master timber framer Scott W. Brown and Jim Brown of Antique Carpenters have been ongoing. We are pleased with the progress on the interior, and every day brings us a step closer to our goal of restoring our former stage coach stop to its 1790 glory and opening it as a living history museum for our community and future generations to enjoy.
Another exciting project from 2010 was the relocation and restoration of a wooden teepee built in 1890. The teepee was gifted to the Foundation for safe keeping and public use. Video footage of the teepee project was uploaded to youtube by CMHS Senior, John Flood. Go to “Teepee on the Edge” to see the restoration in progress. Currently the teepee is the location of our Summer Reading Program – “Story Time with a Dog” for children grades K – 5.
2011 is shaping up to be a very productive year for the Foundation. Our Ketcham Garden, managed by the Master Gardner Program with assistance from IGHL and local Cub Scouts, is in bloom with all produce being donated to local food pantries.
Our Book Barn is open Thursday through Sunday, offering a wide variety of gently used books to add to your library. Donations of books are also always gratefully accepted as well as donations of holiday ornaments for our Yesteryears Holiday Ornament Fundraiser Sale.
We are pleased to announce we will be hosting several events throughout the remainder of this year, including a series of colonial craft demonstrations by local artists, our very popular build a scarecrow event for children, and our first Fall Festival and juried craft show this coming October. Check out our facebook site at Ketcham Inn Foundation, Inc. for upcoming dates and further details.
As always our many thanks go out to you, our supporters and volunteers. We appreciate all your efforts. If you or a family member or friend has some time to spare and would enjoy helping us reach our goals of establishing the Inn as a House Museum and Cultural Center, please call or stop by. We need volunteers for our gardens, docents and colonial artisans, museum shop, and our book barn. Volunteer assistance makes a difference and we thank you.
Bertram E. Seides, President