Fri Sep 14, 2018 5:30pm – 8:00pm

Taste of the Netherlands

Sponsored by: Connecticut River Museum

On Friday, September 14 from 5:30-8:00 pm, experience the Netherlands as the Connecticut River Museum hosts a night to support The Onrust Project.  Enjoy Dutch culture with samples of traditional food and drinks.  There will also be classic Dutch tavern games, music, and a cannon demonstration – all from the Museum’s beautiful north deck overlooking the Connecticut River. 

The Onrust is a reproduction of the famed Captain Adriaen Block’s 1614 era vessel that was the first European vessel to chart and explore Long Island Sound, parts of Rhode Island, and the Connecticut River.  Block’s accomplishments ushered in great changes that would forever alter life along the Connecticut River, help lead to the fur trade, and the eventual founding of New Netherlands and what would become Hartford. 

Catering by Selene, enjoyed by the Museum for their excellence and creativity in recreating historic recipes, will provide several traditional Dutch foods for people to sample.  This includes stamppot which is the Dutch name for any puree made of vegetables and often served with sausage.  There will also be bitterballen (tiny meatballs) and the delectable stroopwafel. 

In addition, you will see a cannon demonstration with one of the Onrust’s reproduction cannons, and hear a bit of history on the evolution of such weaponry.  Traditional tavern games are available for people to play.

The Standard ticket includes the food and drink tasting, music, games, and cannon demonstration with a cost of $30 for members/$40 for non-members.  The Supporting ticket includes the above as well as a 45-minute cruise aboard the Onrust, and a Dutch drink tasting with Stephen Gencarella, the museum’s folklorist, who will also share some of the history and interesting characteristics of traditional Dutch drinks.  The cost is $50 for members/$60 for non-members (When reserving you will need to select a cruise time of 5:45 PM or 6:45 PM).
Additional beverages are available at a cash bar.  Participants must be 21 years of age or older and show ID.  To buy a ticket, visit the Connecticut River Museum’s website at ctrivermuseum.org or call 860-767-8269.

Funds will go towards supporting the educational mission of The Onrust Project, a nonprofit floating museum that provides the public with a living history experience of 17th century life and maritime exploration.

Admission: $30/$40, $50/$60
Connecticut River Museum
67 Main St
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