WINDSOR — A game show, a parade and a fireworks display were all planned for the 10th annual Windsor Days celebration, which began Friday afternoon and went into Saturday evening, but perhaps owing to the weather, there was a light turnout for the party this year.

“It’s been pretty slow,” Robert Brann, president of the town’s historical society, said Saturday afternoon. “I think the rain scared people away.”

Even so, Windsor Days did give Brann and others a chance to show off the various parts of the Windsor Fairgrounds, a site that will see much more foot traffic at the end of August, when the town hosts the annual Windsor Fair.

Brann’s wife, Priscilla Brann, was giving tours of the historical society’s museum Saturday, pointing out various items that have entered the collection in recent years.

For the first time, the society has consolidated all its military gear into one booth of the museum, she said. One of the newer items is a first aid kit that she believes was used in World War I or II. At first, she said, she thought the kit was an exceptionally large Zippo-style lighter. But this past spring, she discovered that opening the metal box revealed needles, a syringe and several glass vials. Most of the vials were unmarked, Priscilla Brann said, but one had markings that were unknown to her.

“I don’t know what they were pumping into people in World War II,” she remarked, guessing that morphine might have been one of the chemicals. The kit now stands behind glass in a display case alongside helmets, caps, fatigues and medals.

In a blacksmith shop not far from the museum, 21-year-old Robert Stevens was hammering away at pieces of iron that he had heated in a forge. He has been learning the skill for about a year, he said, and showed off a bowie knife he had made recently.

Then he removed a hot piece of metal and banged it into the shape of a coat hook, sending showers of sparks into the shop.

Brann, the historical society president, also uses the blacksmith shop.

He said a group of people usually gets together every Friday to craft objects, in part so they have enough blacksmiths to work the forge in late August, during the long hours of the Windsor Fair. Far more sparks will be flying then, Brann predicted.


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