Haddam-Killingworth art students have been given a special challenge this spring: to create a depiction of the legendary Higganum Mucket. The mucket is the Loch Ness Monster of Haddam, a strange and elusive fish with fierce eating habits, rumored to be found only in the Candlewood Hill Brook that runs through Higganum center. This creative art contest was developed by the Committee for the Haddam 350th Anniversary celebration.
A selection of mucket artworks is on display at the Killingworth Library through June 16th, with the chance for patrons to vote for their favorite “people’s choice”. The show features 23 Mucket "portraits" and 6 large posters, creatively warning of the dangers surrounding these fierce, mythical beasts. The library also has Return of the Higganum Mucket tshirts for sale - $8.00 each, with $1.00 from each sale benefiting the library, and the rest supporting Haddam’s anniversary events. Many thanks to the 5th grade HK art students for sharing their creations! (Note: a similar show is on at Brainerd Library in Haddam. If you don't see your work at Killingworth, check our "sister site".)
You can follow Haddam’s anniversary celebration on their website, haddam350.com. And if you want to know more about muckets, copies of the legend written by Haddam author Arthur Wiknik Jr. are also available at the library.