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May 23, 2014

Milford history group to feature fiddling, fun

Fiddle music, fun and history will help the Greater Milford Historical Association open its summer season today.

Fiddler’s Frolic will take place from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Sayre House on North Main Street, north of the village traffic light on state Route 28. The family-friendly event is free and open to all.

Society President Marvin Zachow said the Sayre House serves as the organization’s museum. It’s a circa-1810 mercantile building of Milford merchant David Sayre that has been restored.

Zachow is a fiddler in the Fiddler’s Frolic, a group of fiddlers and acoustic musicians who will perform old-time string-band music that would have been played in the 1800s. There will also be games from that era and refreshments.

The house includes rooms, including a kitchen, parlor and general store that have been decorated to correspond to the early 1800’s. “It’s a chance for people to step back in time,” Zachow said. The music and furnishings and even the candlelight that will illuminate the building after the sun goes down, will give visitors a chance to experience something that might have been familiar to those early residents did.

Also on display are three letters, to and from the Sayre family, that a society member recently purchased on eBay.

Nancy Stalter said she purchased the letters from the mid-1800s for a nominal sum and donated them to the museum.

“I figured they belonged back here,” she said. There was bidding on all three from the Canadian vendor, with the early one being the most active, she said. The paper on one was starting to crack, but they are all readable.

A recent member of the Society, Stalter said “this is my first Frolic,” but she’s looking forward to it.

Jim Havener has been a member for 20 years. The event has been held almost that long, he said. There are generally 75 to 100 people attending.

The museum is generally open by appointment and on occasional weekends.The Fiddler’s Frolic offers people an opportunity to see it at an unusual time, he said.




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