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Saturday Feb. 23 is Winter Tavern Night at Deacon John Grave House

Madison's most famous 17th century house opens its doors for Winter Tavern Night.

The Deacon John Grave House will hold its Winter Tavern Night on Saturday, February 23 from 7 to 11 p.m. At the last Tavern Night, held in October 2012, volunteers scored a big hit as they prepared several kinds of chili.

This time, the featured fare will be an array of different chowders and side dishes, some of which will be served from the hearth. All of the food will be prepared by members of the Board of Directors.

Along with the chowder selections, admission to the event includes beer and wine and the famous "Grave Digger" cocktail, a modern take on the classic rum punch. The ever-popular shoreline singing duo Rick & Jim, last seen Friday evening at the Dolly Madison, will perform a mix of old and new songs to keep things humming. The music will include a rousing sing-along or two.

The House was built in 1685, and is one of the more remarkable survivors of 17th century domestic architecture to be found in Connecticut. Deacon John Grave was appointed tavern keeper, a position of great responsibility, by the town fathers in the earliest years of the 1700's, a time when the Boston Post Road was becoming the busy coastal route that it remains today.

Admission to the event is $20 for members of the Deacon John Grave Foundation, $25 for non-members. Tickets (and memberships) may be purchased at the door.

The Deacon John Grave House is located at 581 Boston Post Road in Madison. For more information, please call 203-245-4798.

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