East Haddam, CT – Join us to celebrate CT’s rich LGBTQ history and help shape the future of the Palmer-Warner property at the 1st annual Classic Cars & Cocktails!
On Saturday, September 23rd from 3 to 7 pm (rain date: Sunday, September 24th from 2 to 6 pm), enjoy classic rock, classic cars and throwback cocktails and get a sneak peek at the Palmer-Warner property before it opens to the public.
From 3 to 5 pm, take a hay ride of the Palmer-Warner property with George Ballek of Balleks Garden Center, check out classic cars courtesy of the Lambda Car club-Nutmeg Chapter, and partake in festive lawn games. From 4 to 5 pm, enjoy signature cocktails and get a behind-the-scenes look at the Palmer-Warner House collection. From 5 to 7 pm, savor an al fresco raw bar provided by Jon Fish and autumnal picnic sides by River Valley Provisions.
The 50-acre Palmer-Warner property in East Haddam was home to preservation architect Frederic Palmer and his partner Howard Metzger from 1945 – 1971. The 18th-c. house remains untouched since Metzger’s death in 2005. The rich material culture collection includes American Colonial, Victorian and Colonial Revival furniture; porcelain, glass, and silver; paintings and decorative objects; and many personal belongings. The archives encompass Palmer’s architectural papers and drawings; personal photographs; correspondence between Palmer and Metzger during WWII; and Metzger’s correspondence and papers.
Connecticut Landmarks is preparing to open the property as Connecticut’s first historic site focused primarily on presenting LGBTQ history and needs to raise $1 million to preserve and renovate the Palmer-Warner Barn to create a Visitor Welcome, Event and Exhibit Center. Please join us!
All proceeds benefit the Palmer-Warner Visitor Welcome, Event and Exhibition Center Project. Tickets range from $125 to $450. Individual $125; Individual Patron $250; Couple $200; Patron Couple $450. Patron tickets include additional tax-deductible donation and special recognition in the event booklet and on CTL’s website. Registration required, register by Wednesday, September 13th at www.ctlandmarks.org or 860.247.8996 x 23.
The Palmer-Warner House is located at: 307 Town Street, East Haddam, CT.
About Connecticut Landmarks
Connecticut Landmarks’ mission is to inspire interest and encourage learning about the American past by preserving selected historic properties, collections and stories and presenting programs that meaningfully engage the public and our communities. For more information, please visit www.ctlandmarks.org.