PRIDE and History

In October, clients of PRIDE were an enthusiastic group for a “Walking Tour of Fairmount Avenue” presented by the Chatham Historical Society.

PRIDE stands for Promoting Responsibility, Independence, Decision-making and Employability and those are the aspirations shared by adults with special needs in this program. All graduates of ECLC are offered a spot in the program.

The Society was contacted by staff member, Valerie Tomaro, who was looking for a program for clients interested in local history. We offered a few suggestions and she chose the Fairmount Avenue Tour.

Jackie Pindak, Society Trustee, led the tour on a gorgeous, sun-filled day. She brought to life the history of the homes and the people who lived there “back-in-the-day”. The young adults listened intently and asked many questions.

One of the favorite stories was of the house which used to be the clubhouse for the golf course which was once located behind the Fish & Game Club and went up past Red Road. They were also fascinated by the story of a man who built boats in his attic and that children a 100 years ago tobogganed down Fairmount Avenue.

The tour concluded at the gazebo where Amy Crandall served homemade apple cake and cider while Jackie gave the participants a pamphlet of the tour for them to share with their families.

The tour was enjoyed by all and the Society looks forward to this becoming an annual event.

Photo: Back row left to right: clients Eric Mayer, Ben Froehlich, Luis Azevedo Middle row: clients Joelle Diamond, Megan Turninchak Front row: PRIDE staff Valerie Tomaro, client Michelle Carmody, Historical Society guide Jackie Pindak, client Luke Conticchio, PRIDE staff Marie Edmond



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Post date: January 31, 2017
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April 2, 2017

This illustrated lecture by Janet W. Foster will focus on domestic architecture in the era of Queen Victoria. 

It will also explain why calling a building “Victorian” doesn’t help describe what it looks like, or even when it was built. The many architectural expressions of the period from about 1840 to 1900 will be touched upon, including the style called Queen Anne. Local examples will be used occasionally, but be prepared for an exciting, fast-paced survey of buildings from across the United States.