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SILVERMINE TAVERN IS SUBJECT OF AN AWARD WINNING ESSAY

By AMRITA DHINDSA
Hour Staff Writer


NORWALK - For two fourth-graders from Norwalk, the Silvermine Tavern and the Ascension Beach and Pool Club are places that visitors should put on their must-visit lists.

Both students - Reed Carter from All Saints Catholic School and Matthew Ederle from Marvin Elementary School - made the recommendations to a panel of judges at the 10th annual Connecticut essay contest by outlining their favorite places to visit in Connecticut.  Carter, who won first prize in Division One at the Mark Twain Museum Center on Tuesday, described the Silvermine Tavern as "unique," for its "live jazz, great food, and a beautiful view over the river," for promoting activities that bring the community together during holidays, and its historical value and proximity to Silvermine Art Guild, Silvermine market, the old pink house (that's not pink anymore), a glass house and the llama farm.

"There are lots of great stories like when a drunk guy blew up the country store on the Fourth of July,' wrote Carter in his essay. "You can also see a little bit of the tavern in a movie called "The Object of My Affection" with Jennifer Aniston. It was filmed at the tavern a few years ago. The movie producers had the tavern paint the old pink shutters dark green and they never painted them back."

Carter's mother Wendy describes the 9-year old as someone who is very creative, good at inventing things, and telling stories.

"I'm so proud of him," said Wendy in a phone interview. "He loves the tavern and gets very excited about things."

Ederle won an honorable mention for his essay on the Ascension Beach and Pool Club - for the "great view of Long Island Sound, and at the same time, watch your friends and children have the best time of their life."

During the awards ceremony at the Mark Twain Museum Center, Jennifer Aniskovich, executive director of the Connecticut Commission on Culture and Tourism, and Susan Bysiewicz, secretary of state recognized the 25 fourth graders for their writing skills.

The ceremony also featured an appearance by guest author Patricia Rowland, Connecticut's first lady,whose children's book "Marvelous Max, the Mansion Mouse" was recently published.

"The annual essay contest is an excellent way for students to put their thoughts into writing and share their discoveries about Connecticut's great cultural and tourism activities with others," said Rowland, before dubbing all 25 students honorary ambassadors of tourism.

Winners received award certificates and bags that included admission tickets and souvenirs donated from state attractions and companies. In addition, each student received an autographed copy of Rowland's new book.

A Unique Place in Connecticut
By Reed Carter
Ms. Iannazzo's class All Saints Catholic School 4th Grade

If you ever want to visit a great place in Connecticut, come to the Silvermine Tavern in Norwalk. I think the Silvermine Tavern is very unique. There are so many fun things to do. If you like penny candy, live jazz, great food, and a beautiful view over the river, Silvermine Tavern is right for you. The best thing about the Silvermine Tavern is when you get there you don't have to leave because there are eight hotel rooms upstairs.

The Silvermine area got its name from early settlers who came because people thought there was silver here. Unfortunately, there never was the silver that they had hoped. They stayed anyway and made a nice village with a post office, grocery store, and the tavern. There is a story that George Washington visited the Silvermine Tavern once. He did not stay there at night in case it was attacked. He stayed in a small house nearby that was painted pink. People say there is a secret underground tunnel from the pink house to the tavern so Washington could escape if he had to.

The Silvermine Tavern is made up of five buildings. The tavern itself, the old mill by the waterfall, the coach house (where they made alcohol during prohibition), a gatehouse that has been made part of the tavern, and the country store. The oldest tavern buildings were once owned by Henry Guthrie, an Englishman who arrived here in 1846. He operated a shipyard and 3 waterpower mills along local rivers. Since the 1950s, it has been owned by the Whitman family.

There are lots of interesting places surrounding the Silvermine Tavern. Like the Silvermine Art Guild, Silvermine market, the old pink house (that's not pink anymore), a glass house and of course the llama farm. They are all easy to walk to from the tavern. Don't think you have to leave the tavern to have fun. It is filled with interesting antiques and old tools hanging on all the walls. They have great food, and the breakfast is the best. It is a buffet so you can have all you want to eat. The sticky buns are famous. Some nights they have jazz bands come in and play. It is cool.

The Silvermine tavern is an important part of the community. At Christmas, they have Santa come on an old firetruck and hand out presents for the kids. Everybody stands in the big parking lot and has hot chocolate while they wait for Santa to come. Hundreds of people stand around in the cold but don't even mind it because they are all friends. You have to see it to believe it.

If you want to see the tavern before you visit, you can go to their website and learn all about the history of Silvermine. There are lots of great stories like when a drunk guy blew up the country store on the Fourth of July. You can also see a little bit of the tavern in a movie called "The Object of My Affection" with Jennifer Aniston. It was filmed at the tavern a few years ago. The movie producers had the tavern paint the old pink shutters dark green and they never painted them back.

Silvermine is a great place to visit. It is easy to get to and you can even take the train from New York City and get a cab ride to the tavern if you want. It is quiet, peaceful, and fun and I can almost promise there won't be any more explosions.
 

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