Completing Cromwell, Danbury, Derby, and Windsor Locks
September 2017 – June 2018 (est.)
I thought about making it a contest for readers to figure out why these four towns are grouped together under the project name “Hat/Hair.” Then I quickly realized that would be absurd.
But if you’d like to, I’ll give you one second to think about it.
It’s really quite simple. Derby is a type of hat. Danbury is the Hat City. There’s your hats. Windsor “LOCKS” of hair. And history buffs know that Cromwell is named after the ship Oliver Cromwell which is named after the 17th century English military and political leader and later Lord Protector of the Commonwealth of England, Scotland, and Ireland.
Cromwell was a leader of the “Roundheads” who were derisively so-called because they kept their hair short during a time when long hair was the fashion. Long, old story short, Cromwell abolished the monarchy in England. For a while, anyway.
This project was randomly chosen by the first person in line for general admission at our hugely successful CT Hops for Hope event. The first guy to queue up was one Mr. Ryan Baldyga of Cromwell. So the Cromwell project “won!”
A few things jump out at me with this group:
- Three of the towns are among the 11 smallest (in square miles) towns in the state. Derby is famously the smallest, but Windsor Locks is the fourth smallest and Cromwell is the eleventh.
- Derby is so small, it’s historical society museum is actually in Ansonia.
- Danbury marks the first true city I’m tackling.
- The four towns are geographically relatively far apart, but hey, this is Connecticut. We aren’t big.
- You keep hearing about the “craft beer explosion,” and if you didn’t believe it, you will now. Derby just had one open (BAD SONS). Danbury will have one by year’s end (Charter Oak). Windsor Locks is slated for two by the end of 2018 (Airfield Ales and Luppoleto). And yes, Cromwell will have one within six months probably (Coles Road).
- Of the 13 towns I’ve completed/am completing, none are in Litchfield or New London Counties.
- Now with Danbury, seven of my first 13 completion towns are border towns. Which means nothing.
- With more and more talk about regionalization in Connecticut – something I wholeheartedly support – I wonder how that will affect CTMQ?
Okay! Lots to do in these towns… Look for each town’s main intro pages in a couple of weeks!