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Celebrate fall with spooky evening at Hale


Chronicle Staff Writer

COVENTRY — As much as some might not want to admit it just yet, it’s time to celebrate fall.

And people will have the chance to do so on Saturday at Connecticut Landmarks signature event, “Evening at the Homestead: Hint of Haunted Hale,” which celebrates the agricultural heritage of the Nathan Hale Homestead.

The registration deadline for the event was extended to Friday. The event will take place at the Homestead at 2299 South St. from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.

Connecticut Landmarks is an organization that operates historic house museums throughout the state.

To celebrate fall, the agriculture history of the homestead and the freshness of Connecticut-grown food, the event will highlight living history through a tour of the newly restored 18th century English barn built by Deacon Richard Hale, Nathan Hale’s father and the early 19th century dairy barn.

Nathan Hale was a Revolutionary War spy and was hanged by the British when he was only 21. He is Connecticut’s official state hero.

Along with various interactive activities and a silent auction of local foods and experiences from all over the state, there will be music provided by the Chris Marolda Duo.

A Dark Walk haunted troupe will walk through the historic Homestead, led by Andreas Nachtleitter, renowned paranormal researcher and investigator of bizarre history, to bring the Halloween spirit to the event.

Nachtleitter will then discuss his research and try to unveil some restless spirits haunting the Homestead, Connecticut Landmarks said in a press release.

“This hair-raising, spine-tingling event will be a night to remember,” reads a press release promoting the event.

Those who prefer to refrain from spooky things, will still be able to enjoy a chat with their friends and neighbors over signature cocktails and a catered meal.

“It will be a fun fall event celebrating the completion of the barn project and getting ready for Halloween,” said Jamie-Lynn Fontaine Connell, development manager at Connecticut Landmarks.

Those wishing to attend must call 860-247-8996, ext. 23 by Friday and purchase tickets. Ticket prices are $85 for individuals and $150 for couples. All proceeds will benefit educational programs at the Nathan Hale Homestead.


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