Fri Jan 25, 2019 6:00pm – 9:30pm

Tavern Night at The Connecticut River Museum

Sponsored by: Connecticut River Museum

On Friday, January 25, the Connecticut River Museum brings back its popular Tavern Night at the museum’s historic Samuel Lay House.  Enjoy a fermented cider tasting featuring Staehly Cider of East Haddam, CT, drinking songs and ballads by noted musicians Rick Spencer and Dawn Indermuehle, historic tavern games, and a food pairing of early American cuisine provided by Catering by Selene.  Additional wine and beer will be available at a cash bar.
Fermented cider is a drink that has a long history in England and the early USA, especially in New England.  When the United States was primarily an agricultural nation, farm-made cider was one of the most common drinks as it was easy to make and ferment on the farm. Yankee Cider Company, by Staehly Farm & Winery, specializes in crafting delicious New England Style hard ciders from apples grown in East Haddam, CT.
Rick Spencer and Dawn Indermuehle present songs that give cultural insight into interesting times, places and events in American history.  Rick and Dawn carefully craft their vocals and accompaniment to sound as true to a song’s era or style as possible.  Their vast repertoire includes music from the Colonial era to the present day.  Rick and Dawn use these songs to illustrate the evolution of our nation’s culture and history in an informative and entertaining way.
Catering by Selene is creating a light dinner and dessert featuring early 19th-century food. For our first Tavern Night of 2019, Chef Selene will serve a Hearty Beef Stew sampling followed by Chocolate Brownie bites.  As part of the evening, participants will have an opportunity to try their hand at historic games such as Skittles (played with a top that goes through a maze knocking down pins) and Captain’s Mistress, a fun game with a scandalous sounding name.
Two additional Tavern Nights will be held in 2019; March 22 with a focus on Beer and Ale and April 27 featuring Early American Cocktail tastings presented by Steve Gencarella, our resident Folklorist. Save $10 when you buy all three evenings!
Tastings take place at 6 and 8 PM.  Space is limited and reservations are required.  Call to reserve tickets at 860-767-8269 or visit  Tickets are $25 for museum members or $30 for the general public (must be 21 or older and show valid ID) and include tastings, light bites, and entertainment.  The evening is sponsored in part by Catering by Selene and Connecticut Rental Center.

The Connecticut River Museum is located at 67 Main Street, Essex and is open Tuesday through Sunday from 10 AM – 5 PM and closed on Mondays until Memorial Day. Admission is $10 for adults, $8 for seniors, $7 for students, $6 for children age 6-12, free for children under 6.  For more information, call 860-767-8269 or go to

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