Historical Society Celebrates Washington’s Birthday

The Wethersfield Historical Society celebrated George Washington’s 285th birthday by hosting a ball, with 18th century dancing and attendees dressed in period costume.

The ball was held on Saturday, Feb. 11, from 7 to 9 p.m., at the Keeney Memorial Cultural Center, and featured traditional dance caller Patricia Campbell. The ball was also a participatory event for re-enactors and other interested participants.

Amy Northup Wittorff, executive director of the historical society, said the first-time venture is an idea she brought with her from her time at a New York City museum, and is committed to making it a tradition in Wethersfield.

“Wethersfield is a great community, and I thought it would be fun,” she said.

Those who attended the ball, many of whom are 18th century re-enactors who travel to events, were clearly having fun, in their period…

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