I hope you were all able to make it over to on Saturday to see the re-enactments. More Patriotic excitement is on the way this weekend. If you missed it, or you want more, take a look at this action-packed schedule of events provided by Lou Sideris, chief of planning and communications at Minute Man National Historical Park, and the fine volunteers of the Concord Public Ceremonies Committee:
Many thanks, also, to Lou for providing these excellent photos from last year’s event.
Saturday, April 14
Hartwell Tavern and Captain William Smith House, Lincoln
Hartwell Tavern open: 9:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Captain William Smith House open: 9:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Activities will include musket and cannon firing, battle demonstrations, colonial life demonstrations, and family activities. The Battle Road event on Saturday, April 14, will feature 300 Colonists and British Redcoats. In addition to the military activities, volunteer reenactors at the park’s historic Hartwell Tavern will represent daily life in 1775 to illustrate how civilian men and women contributed to the cause of American Liberty. The celebrations culminate with “Junior Ranger Day” and “Battle Road Heroes” on Saturday, April 21. Events are free of charge, except where noted.
Key events are:
Bloody Angle Battle Demonstration
Minute Man National Historical Park
300 Colonial and British reenactors demonstrate tactics used during the running fight back to Boston on April 19, 1775. The action will occur between "Bloody Angle" and the Samuel Hartwell House site along the Battle Road Trail.
Parker's Revenge Battle Demonstration
Parker's Revenge Site (near Minute Man Visitor Center, Route 2A, Lexington)
The Lexington Training Band will demonstrate an ambush on the British column, as occurred on April 19, 1775 as Captain Parker's Lexington militia company took revenge on the British for their losses earlier that morning.
Tower Park Battle Demonstration
Tower Park, Lexington
Battle Road continues beyond the borders of Minute Man NHP. British and Colonial reenactors stage a battle demonstration in a park alongside Massachusetts Avenue.
Monday, April 16
Battle Reenactment - Lexington Green
(Not within Minute Man National Historical Park) The Town of Lexington celebrates the start of the American Revolution with a battle reenactment of the early-morning engagement between the town's militia and the British regulars. The Lexington Parade will be held at 2 p.m. For more information, contact the Lexington Chamber of Commerce: (781) 862–1450, firstname.lastname@example.org
British Mourn Arms Ceremony and Concord Patriot's Day Parade
At the North Bridge, Concord
At 8:30 a.m., British Redcoats will conduct a very moving "mourn arms" ceremony in honor of their war dead. The Concord Patriot's Day Parade begins at 9 a.m. in Concord Center and arrives at the North Bridge around 9:30 a.m., stopping for ceremonies with music and musket and cannon salutes, before returning through town. NOTE: All of the roads in the center of town are closed to vehicles beginning at 8:30 a.m.
Patriots’ Day Parade
Monday, April 16, 2012
Muster at Armory at 8:15 a.m.
The Patriots' Day Parade goes forward rain, snow or muck and covers a route of approximately 2.5 miles. Participants include musicians, Minuteman companies, color guards, cultural and youth groups and dignitaries from neighboring towns, the State, the nation, and several foreign countries with ties to Concord. At the North Bridge there is a ceremony to commemorate the engagement between the Minuteman companies and British troops with a wreath laying ceremony. The parade continues across the North Bridge and returns to Concord Center.
Thursday, April 19
Alarm rider “Dr. Prescott” crosses North Bridge calling out the warning that the Regulars are on the march. The Concord Minute Men fire salutes from the hillside and the Concord Independent Battery answer with volleys from the field at the Old Manse.
Thursday, April 19, 2012
Muster at Buttrick Hillside at 5:45 a.m.
Church bells at toll at 5:45 a.m., to sound the alarm. “Dr. Prescott” arrives at the North Bridge after riding across the fields calling out the warning to towns and villages that the Regulars were on the march and that their destination was Concord. The Concord Minutemen fire salutes and the Concord Independent Batter fire several volleys from the field on the Old Manse.
Arrival of the Sudbury Militia
At the North Bridge, Concord
The Sudbury Companies of Militia and Minute Men arrive at the after making their annual march from the town of Sudbury. They will fire three musket salutes from the North Bridge.
Thousands of people visit historic Lexington and Concord and to celebrate Patriot's Day, a special Massachusetts State holiday commemorating the opening battle of the American Revolution. According to Minute Man Superintendent Nancy Nelson, “The celebration of Patriot’s Day is all about remembering the brave actions of the ‘embattled farmers’ who risked their lives and livelihoods to defend their rights.”
Happy New Year
April 13 marks Khmer, the Cambodian New Year, a time when Cambodians finish up their harvest and enjoy the fruits and vegetables of their labors. Festivities carry on through April 15. The begin and end dates vary slightly from year to year, but mainly fall around this time. Khmer to all our Cambodian friends in Patch Land.
That’s it for now, so ‘til Tuesday …
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