Saturday, August 30, 2008

Family Societies Invited to Exhibit at DFAW's Fall Meeting

DFAW invites all descendants of Windsor’s early families to join us for a weekend celebrating the ideals and actions of Windsor’s Founders. Please plan to attend Founders Day Observances on Friday, September 26, 2008 at 6:00 p.m. on Palisado Green and our “Come Home to Windsor” reunion beginning Sunday, September 28 at noon at the Ellsworth Homestead. If your family society has a tie to early Windsor (Grant, Strong, etc.) and would like display space at the Sunday reunion, contact DFAW President Richard Roberts at or 860-429-8751.

Share Your DFAW Memories at Our September 28 Reunion

As part of our “Come Home to Windsor” reunion on Sunday, September 28, we plan to have display of photographs and other memorabilia highlighting DFAW’s 25 years. Please contact DFAW president, Richard Roberts at or 596 Gurleyville Rd., Storrs, CT 06268-1408 to let us know, for planning purposes, if you plan to bring something to display at the “memory table.” (When you bring it, be sure your name is on the item.) During our afternoon program, we’ll take time to share memories of events ranging from the recreated Trek to Windsor and Founders Day 1983, to highlights of other DFAW gatherings and tours. If you can’t attend our reunion, consider sending us a note with a memory or news to share for posting on our Message Board.

Registration Informationfor for DFAW's Come Home to Windsor Reunion

Registration for the Descendants of the Founders of Ancient Windsor's Come Home to Windsor Reunion: $21.00 per adult or $10.00 12 or younger, including luncheon, or $5.00 per person, program only. Make checks payable to DFAW. Mail to: Sandra McGraw, 19 Scantic Meadow Rd., South Windsor, CT 06074. DEADLINE FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 19, 2008.

Schedule for DFAW 2008 Reunion and Annual Meeting

SUNDAY, September 28, 2008

12:00-1:00 Registration and social hour; sales, and exhibits
1:00-2:00 Luncheon Buffet: Stuffed pork, butternut squash bake, roasted red potatoes, herbed green beans and/or applesauce, rolls/butter, garden salad with ranch dressing, birthday cake
2:00- 3:00 "Celebrating Windsor’s Families," Richard C. Roberts, DFAW President
3:00- 3:15 Annual Business Meeting
3:15 -3:30 Break
3:30 - Tour "Elmwood," the Oliver Ellsworth Homestead ($4.00; pay at the door); meet with our genealogist, Edwin Strickland, who will assist with the DFAW database; or visit with your “cousins.”

Place: Oliver Ellsworth Homestead, 778 Palisado Ave., Windsor, CT 06095

More on the Come Home to Windsor Reunion September 28, 2008

DFAW’S “COME HOME TO WINDSOR” REUNION will be held SUNDAY, September 28, noon, at the Oliver Ellsworth Homestead. Make your plans now to join “cousins” from all over the country while celebrating DFAW’s 25th Anniversary! This event will be open by pre-registration to DFAW members as well as anyone else with an interest in Ancient Windsor. There will be prizes for oldest and youngest persons present, the person coming the greatest distance, the person with the same name as a Founder, the person with the most lines to a Founder, and more! We plan to have a display of photographs and other memorabilia highlighting our 25 years and encourage you to bring something to display at our “Memory Table”. Family societies with a connection to Ancient Windsor are also invited to request exhibit space. By popular demand, we’ll have our traditional meal from Kane’s, complete with the famous squash bake.

More About the September 26 Founders Day Observance

OUR FOUNDERS DAY OBSERVANCE ON PALISADO GREEN will be held FRIDAY, September 26, beginning at 6:00 p.m. and lasting about half an hour. Bring a lawn chair if you like, and join us for a wreath-laying ceremony honoring all early Founders, including the Plymouth Meadow settlers, the “Lords and Gentlemen,” Mary and John passengers, and other early settlers, followed by a social at the Windsor Historical Society at which pizza and other light refreshments will be served. This will be a great way to meet “cousins” and enjoy a time of fellowship together as we kick off a weekend of celebration. FREE.