A Special Meet the Author Event at Hagaman Library! “Connecticut 169 Club: Your Passport and Guide to Exploring Connecticut” by Martin Podskoch-Saturday, May 25 at 2:00 p.m.

On Saturday, May 25 at 2:00 p.m., the Hagaman Memorial Library, 227 Main Street,  will host a Power Point presentation and book signing by author and historian Marty Podskoch.  Mr. Podskoch will present his new book, The Connecticut 169 Club: Your Passport and Guide to Exploring Connecticut. The Hagaman Library is especially excited to host this event as Hagaman’s own Circulation Librarian and East Haven resident, Christopher Hemingway is the writer of the section on East Haven! He will be available to sign copies of the book following the presentation as well!
The new travel book encourages travelers to visit all of the towns and villages of our beautiful and unique state. The 169 Club will be in the same format as Marty’s popular Adirondack 102 Club: Your Passport to the North Country.
The idea for the travel club guides began after Podskoch read about Dr. Arthur Peach in the December 11, 2005 issue of American Profile Magazine. Dr. Peach, in a story in Vermont Life magazine, suggested the idea of an informal group, the 251 Club, to veer off the beaten path “…to discover the secret and lovely places that main roads do not reveal.” He felt that every part of Vermont had its beauty, history, attractions, traditions, and interesting people.
After writing five books about the Adirondacks Mr. Podskoch decided to do a travel book to get people to visit all 102 towns in the Adirondacks. The result was his Adirondack 102 Club: Your Passport and Guide to the North Country in 2015.
Marty Podskoch was a teacher in the Catskills and came to Conn. in 2005. He decided to write a book on the Connecticut CCC camps. He traveled to over 100 towns in Conn. where he gave talks on the CCC and people shared their stories and photos. His Connecticut Civilian Conservation Corps Camps: History, Memories & Legacy of the CCCwas published in 2016.
As he traveled throughout the state he marveled at the great diversity of villages, cities, rivers, lakes, mountains, and seashores. He realized that most of the residents of the state had not traveled as widely as he had and he wanted them to explore his beautiful state.
He created a book to be a guide and a passport. Podskoch got someone from each town to write a short description highlighting their town’s location, history, and interesting places to visit. Podskoch did this because local residents knew more about their town than he. The book has a space for travelers to journal about their experiences and a place to get the book stamped or signed by a resident or business. Travelers will get to know the locals and perhaps learn about a good place to eat or an interesting local attraction. In this way they get to know a lot about Connecticut and its residents.
There is no membership fee, just a desire to experience all of Connecticut. Adults and children of all ages can be members. What a great adventure for families, grandparents, and their grandchildren, or go by oneself. Most members will travel by car while others might use a bike, motorcycle, or maybe a canoe!
People who visit all 169 towns will receive the “Leatherman Award” patch at a luncheon or dinner held at a different town each year. The award is named after the vagabond who lived in caves and traveled a route regularly (approx. 34 days) from the Connecticut River to the Hudson River during the late 1800s.
After Mr. Podskoch’s talk he and Hagaman’s own Circulation Librarian Christopher Hemingway will be available for a book signing. The hard cover 8.5 X 11 book has 376 pages with hundreds of photos & maps and sells for $24.95. This event is free and everyone is welcome to attend.
Prior registration for this event is strongly encouraged due to seating limitations. Please visit or call the library at 203-468-3890 to make reservations. You may also make reservations by clicking here.
Extra parking for evening and weekend library events is available in the East Haven Town Hall parking lot on 250 Main Street (across the street from the library), in the KeyBank parking lot next to the library (after 12:00 p.m. on Saturdays and after 5:00 p.m. on weekdays) and in the Stop and Shop lot behind the library, accessible from Messina Drive.