The Connecticut 169 Club:

Your Passport and Guide to Exploring Connecticut

The Latest Book by Martin Podskoch

Martin Podskoch Author and Historian

How to Purchase

To Purchase the CT 169 Club Book Directly from the Author:

Please send a check for $26.53 that includes $24. 95 for the book plus $1.58 for CT Tax for the 8.5 x 11 hard cover book with over 300 photos & maps and 376 pages. You will also get free shipping by USPS mail. Send to:

Marty Podskoch

43 O’Neill Lane

East Hampton, CT 06424

East Hampton, CT Author and Historian Marty Podskoch scripted a brilliant solution for fragmented families and town-tied locals. With his latest Book, The Connecticut 169 Club: Your Passport and Guide to Exploring Connecticut.  Podskoch navigates readers from out behind the blue screen, off the interstate and onto Connecticut backroads to meet and merge with fascinating neighbors and uncover cool curiosities tucked into the 169 towns and cities in the Nutmeg State.

“The Connecticut 169 Club’ is a Guidebook to Adventures in Every Corner of the State”.   – CONNECTICUT MAGAZINE

What People are saying!

The CT 169 Club is a wonderful guide to the beautiful and historic places in Connecticut and a great way for families to set out and explore.

Kara Sundlum

TV Host, Better Connecticut

Reasons for Visiting All Of Connecticut “From the Northwest Corner to SE Shore, Connecticut has it all! Regardless, if you live in the state or are just coming for a visit, the list of things to do will never run out. With all four seasons, there’s so much to do across almost 3.6 million acres of land and water. Summer is the perfect time to enjoy the shoreline or one of several gorgeous lakes, and don’t forget boating on the Connecticut River, Leaf peeping in the fall while visiting one of CT’s wineries is a favorite for many. We’ve got skiing in the winter at any of a number of resorts, and a host of state parks to watch the arrival of spring. You’ll find friendly people in every single town, all 169 of them!”

Scott Haney

TV Host, WFSB Channel 3 meteorologist and co-host of "Better Connecticut"

Nothing defines Connecticut better than its 169 towns.  From the beginning of settlement, we have been a “hiving off” people, settling here, reaching out there, one town becoming the parent of many towns, each fiercely independent, with its own home-grown character, history, and special sense of self.

The state of Connecticut has an exceptional geographic diversity, too, so our towns are extraordinarily beautiful and breath-takingly varied. From the Gold Coast to the Quiet Corner, the Litchfield Hills to the Long Island Sound, Connecticut has 169 kinds of picture-book perfection, from bustling cities to postcard-worthy village greens.  You owe it to yourself and your family to see them all. Because in Connecticut, the sum of the parts truly is greater than the whole.   This wonderful book is your invitation to do just that. Join The Connecticut 169 Club: Your Passport and Guide to Exploring Connecticut. Visit every town. See the sights. Hear the stories. Eat the foods. Meet the people.  You’ll be glad you did. And, you’ll either be prouder than ever to be a Connectican, or you’ll wish you were one!

Walter Woodward

State Historian

Your Passport and Guide To Exploring CT

 

From the quaint splendor of the town of Kent in the northwest hills of Connecticut to the great restaurants that dot the shoreline of Westbrook to New Britain’s industrial roots, travel  and history author Martin “Marty” Podskoch, a retired reading teacher who now lives in East Hampton, CT has compiled interesting information for his new CT Travel Guide Book on the 169 town’s, cities and village’s in the State of Connecticut in the hopes of encouraging people to visit every one of them.

Podskoch will be giving Connecticut residents a preview of the Connecticut 169 Club in his weekly column in The New Britain Herald, The Bristol Press and the Willimantic Chronicle, giving readers a first-hand look at the splendor that every nook and cranny that our state has to offer.

“It doesn’t matter what age people are or what means of transportation people use to get there,” the 74-year-old CT Author and Historian said. “The whole idea is to get people to see the many beautiful places in our state.”

The CT 169 Club is a collective effort. Podskoch recruited the best and the brightest Connecticut writers, historians and officials ­each contributing a passage about their town’s histories, haunts; favorite food fixes and historic CT landmarks.

The reward for visiting all 169 sites: Podskoch will present you with a Leatherman patch in honor of the legendary vagabond, who, during the mid-to-late 1800s, walked a 365-mile circuit through Connecticut and adjacent sections of New York.

Podskoch also will help organize a dinner in the fall of next year to honor those determined souls who have made it to every municipality. During that event they will get their Leatherman keepsakes. “Anyone can attend,” Podskoch says. “Members will share their stories and adventures.”

The Connecticut guide book, Podskoch’s ninth book, entailed nearly two years of collaborative effort. “I got 183 writers and co-writers to write about their towns, in 550-600 words. It could’ve been the town clerk, it could’ve been the librarian, it could’ve been the town supervisor.”

The Connecticut 169 Club is not to be confused with the Run 169 Towns Society, whose members strive to run races in all 169 state municipalities.)

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Retail Locations

The Book is Also Available at these Connecticut stores and organizations:

 STORES

Paul’s & Sandy’s, Too Garden Center, 93 East High St., East Hampton, CT

Ace Hardware, 25 East High St. East Hampton, CT

Shagbark Lumber, 1 Mt. Parnassus Millington Rd.,  East Haddam, CT

Hadlyme Country Market, 1 Ferry Rd., Hadlyme

The Red House, 22 Darling Rd in Salem

Rich’s Farm Ice Cream, Oxford

The Cooking Company, 1610 Saybrook Rd., Haddam and 187 CT-81, Killingworth, CT

Canfield Corner Pharmacy, 2 Main St. North, Woodbury, CT

True Value Hardware,  276 Main St., Winsted, CT

Oxford Baking Company, Oxford

Old Bank Flowers and Greenery, 81 Main St., East Hampton

Ekonk Hill Turkey Farm, Sterling

The Hoot, 86 Storrs Rd., Willimantic (by Staples)

Black Birch & Grace, 95 Main St., East Hampton 

BOOK STORES

Bank Square Books, 53 W. Main St., Mystic  860-536-3795

Book Barn, 41 West Main St. Niantic

Book Club Book Store, 869 Sullivan Rd., South Windsor

Byrd’s Books,  126 Greenwood Ave., Bethel

Country Card Corner, 7 Klarides Village Dr., Seymour 203-888-5944  

Hickory Stick Book Store, 2 Green Hill Rd., Washington Depot, CT

Harbor Books 146 Main St, Old Saybrook, CT

R J Julia Book Store, 768 Boston Post Road, Madison 203-245-3959

River Bend Bookshop LLC, 2217 Main St., Glastonbury 860-.212-8253 Meghan

Country Card Corner, Seymour

River Bend Book Shop, South Main St. Glastonbury

That Book Store LLC, 446 Silas Deane Highway, Wethersfield 860-529-550

HISTORICAL SOCIETIES & GROUPS

Stanton House, Clinton Historical Society, Clinton, CT

East Hartford Historical Society

West Haven Historical Society

Hartford Knights of Columbus, 860-422-7937 (Mike McGarry)

Orange Historical Society

Milford Historical Society

Union Historical Society

Marlborough Senior Center

Mill Museum, Willimantic

Ridgefield Historical Society

Plainville Historical Society

Milford Historical Society

Beacon Falls Historical Society

Rocky Hill Historical Society & Academy Hall Museum

LIBRARIES

Goshen Friends of Library, 42 B North St.  Goshen, CT

Thomaston Friends of Library, 248 Main St in Thomaston, Connecticut

Hotels, Inns, Restaurants

Woodstock Inn, Woodstock

 The CT 169 Club Book is available at Amazon and Barnes & Noble Stores Nationwide

ANSWERS & QUESTIONS ABOUT HOW TO USE THE PASSPORT

Many people ask if there is a certain stamp in each town or do you need a stamp for each town.
Another writer asked, “I am not sure just who or where I am to get the stamp/signature. Do particular places have a stamp? ( it varies some towns & businesses have one) Can I visit one of the many passport wineries and have them stamp the page? (Yes) Is it the honor system? (Yes) I want to ‘follow the rules’!

Ans: Some businesses have a stamp or a sticker. You can also go to a town clerk and they will place their town seal on their town page. Some like to get a stamp cancelled in their book at a post office. Just paste a US stamp on your page and ask them to hand cancel it. There is no set stamp.
Or just meet someone and ask them to sign your book. You now have met someone who can also give recommendations on ice cream, restaurants or place to hike. Have fun meeting people in towns and enjoying the views.
This is the honor system and begins when you get the book not places you visited a year or more ago. We ask you to meet people and enjoy the interesting history, places, restaurants, ice cream etc. in each town.
Travel: Go by yourself, with your spouse, a friend, grandkids etc. Go by car, truck, motorcycle, bicycle, kayak, walk, run etc.
Share stories and photos at Facebook “Connecticut 169 Club – Share Your Stories”

 

Question: What do you do when you visit all 169 towns and get signatures, stamps or stickers for each town?
Ans. You just need one of the above (signature, stamp or sticker ) in each town.
Make a copy of the chart at the back of the book stating the day you visited the town and you checked it off.
Mail the Check-off list copy to me (address below) stating the last town visited. The first one turned in will be L-1 meaning you were the first to get your book signed etc. in all the towns. This is the honor system. No one has the time to check every town. Then at the dinner or luncheon held in some town in CT in the Fall, they will be honored with a “Leatherman” Patch.
Please send check off list with dates ASAP to:
Marty Podskoch
43 O’Neill Lane
East Hampton, CT 06424

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