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495 Phoenixville Road, Chaplin, CT 06235

Windham County Connecticut

 Phone: (860) 455-0073

 Fax: (860) 455-0027

 Email: assistant@chaplinct.org

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Ad-Hoc Bicentennial Committee

Mission for the Chaplin Ad-Hoc Bicentennial Committee

Chaplin’s Bicentennial is a time to celebrate the 200 years our community has existed, to marvel, and reflect on the events of the past that have shaped our town and made it what it is.  The Bicentennial celebration together with the work we put into it can act as a springboard to what the town becomes in the future.

As we plan ways to celebrate this momentous birthday, let us be sure to be inclusive of every Chaplin resident not only to provide opportunities for all to participate, but also to contribute their energy and skills for this once-in-a-lifetime event. 

The make-up of the Bicentennial Committee should reflect the mission by being as inclusive as possible in its participants.  To this end, every relevant town organization should be invited to provide ideas, participate in and plan activities to make this a bicentennial to be long remembered.  The Committee, acting as the coordinator for all events, will work with others in the planning and organization of these activities which will take place during 2020-21 while the actual celebration will take place during the Bicentennial year of 2022.  

Regular meeting dates for 2022: 1/11/22; 2/8/22; 3/8/22; 4/12/22; 5/10/22; 6/14/22; 7/12/22; 8/9/22; 9/13/22; 10/11/22; 11/8/22; 12/13/22

 Celebrate Chaplin's 200th Birthday 2022!

You are invited to participate in any and all of these events.

February 16 – Talk - Trouble in the Land of Steady Habits: The Constitution of 1818 and How This Relates to Chaplin.  State Historian Walt Woodward.  Presented via Zoom. Email LibraryDirector@chaplinct.org to register and get the Zoom link.

March 16 – Talk - The Story of Benjamin Chaplin’s Will.  Gavin Horning-Kane and Brendan Kane.  6:30 pm.  Chaplin Library

March 26 – Talk - History of the Chaplin Congregational Church.  Alex Hill.  Ice cream social following.  1:00 pm.  Chaplin Library. 

April 2 – Talk - History of the William Ross Library. Columbia Town Historian Ingrid Wood and Leslie Ricklin.  1:00 pm.  Chaplin Senior Center.  Light refreshments will follow the program. Please call 860-455-9424 or email librarydirector@chaplinct.org to register.

May 21 – Talk - Ruth Snow Bowen, Chaplin Quilt Maker.  Cathy Smith.  1:00 pm.  Chaplin Library.

May 28 - Walk the Hubbard Parcel.  Joshua’s Trust host.  1:00PM.  Meet at the lot, Garrison Park.

June 4 - The Chaplin Bicentennial 5k road race cosponsored by the Chaplin PTO and the Chaplin Bicentennial Committee will be held on Saturday, June 4 at 9:00 am. The race will start at the Chaplin Elementary School on Palmer Road and will proceed through Chaplin Village and back to the School. Registration forms for the race can be found at https://usaxc.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/05/chaplin-road-race-2022.pdf . In addition to the award categories listed on the registration form special bicentennial awards will be presented to the top Chaplin  male and female finishers.

June 11 – Cemetery Walk.  Rusty Lanzit.  Chaplin Street Cemetery.  Time: 3:00 pm

June 25 – Concert by the Windham Concert Band- 6:00 pm.  Garrison Park Pavillion. Food available from concession stand.  Rain date June 26.

July 2 - Reenactment of Chaplin’s 1st town meeting. Poetry reading.  Sing along with local choral group.  The Babcock Band. 2:00 pm.  Chaplin Congregational Church

July 9 – Walk along the Natchaug River. Rusty Lanzit. 11:00 am.

August 13 – The History of Chaplin Place Names: Fact or Fiction.  Warren Church.  1:00 pm. Chaplin Library.

September 10 - All day Celebration with Fireworks at Garrison Park!  Town photo, music, food trucks.

October 15 - Walk at Two Sisters Preserve with Joshua’s Trust host.  10:00 am.

October 29 - Walk on Chaplin Street focusing on History & Architecture.  Jean Givens, Cathy Smith, Peggy Church.  10:00 am.  Meet at south end of Chaplin St. and Route 198 (Museum).

November 5 - Talk - Chaplin’s Homes Rendered in the Fiber Arts with Photos.  Cathy Smith and Bruce Raymond.  1:00 pm.  Chaplin Library.

November 13 - Hike up Rattlesnake Mountain. Time: TBA

For questions about any of the talks or walks, or if you’d like to volunteer to help with a parade or another event, please PM us on our Facebook page Chaplin CT Bicentennial Celebration 2022!

Meetings & Minutes Archive


Leslie Ricklin - Chairman
Term End: 12/31/2022

Warren Church - Vice-Chairman
Term End: 12/31/2022

Richard Weingart - Treasurer
Term End: 12/31/2022

Anne Sicilian - Member
Term End: 12/31/2022

Bob Grindle - Member
Term End: 12/31/2022

William Rose IV - Member
Term End: 12/31/2022

Kasey Pellegrino - Member
Term End: 12/31/2022

Julia Lindquist - Member
Term End: 12/31/2022

Ann Lewis - Member
Term End: 12/31/2022

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