Thursday, June 12, 2014

Stop the Presses! We're Adding onto the Schedule and Demo'ing at Banneker's Colonial Fair THIS Weekend

We were contacted just yesterday about demo'ing at Benjamin Banneker's Colonial Market Fair this coming Saturday and Sunday.   While we had counted on a weekend "off", the very nice folks planning the event were in desperate need of a blacksmith since their prior arrangement had suddenly canceled.   Plus, our lawn doesn't need to be mowed that badly!  :-)

Well, we have the outfits....we have the trailer w/ the complete set-up....we certainly understand the importance of having a blacksmith at an event...and we love to teach.  So, we'll be there!   The current plan is for us to demo 12-3 on Saturday and 10-3 on Sunday.  Please come out and see us!

From the official website:

Mark your calendar and make arrangements to attend The Friends of Benjamin Banneker’s fifth annual Colonial Market Fair, a celebration of 18th century history and early American life.  This year’s event promises to be the most spectacular in Oella’s history!  Festivities will take place at the Benjamin Banneker Historical Park and Museum located at 300 Oella Avenue, Catonsville, Maryland on Saturday, June 14 and Sunday, June 15 from 10:00 to 4:00.  Admission is free.
Retrace the footsteps of Benjamin Banneker and let local historical re-enactors and craftsmen astound you with exhibitions that will keep family members of all ages entertained.  Watch a blacksmith, a woodwright, and a corn broom maker at work.  Try your hand at dipping candles, making bobbin lace, weaving, carding wool, and other colonial activities.  Say “good day” to the Revolutionary War surgeon, colonial surveyors, a book binder, and a doll maker.  Play colonial games while listening to the tunes of a fife and drum corps and a dulcimer maker.  Dance master Thomas Spilsbury will teach the latest country dances and members of the Capriccio Catch Club will entertain you with popular songs.
Meet Benjamin Banneker (portrayed by Bob Smith) inside of his reconstructed cabin and learn about his many achievements as a scientist, mathematician, author, and more.  On Saturday from 12:00 to 4:00, Janice Curtis Greene, an accomplished griot, will portray Phyllis Wheatley, America’s first African American poet.  Introduce yourself to her and get a glimpse of slave life in colonial America through the eyes of this iconic genius.  The Friends’ very own Virginia Schurman, will play Martha Ellicott Tyson, who will share the latest community news and discuss the role her family played in founding Ellicott City.
Take a guided hike through Banneker’s farmstead, a portion of the Park and Museum’s one hundred forty-two acres of protected streams and woodlands, a must for birdwatchers and hikers alike!
Feel free to arrive wearing your own stylish colonial garb and join others in discussing the latest 18th century gossip as to whether or not the patriots should take up arms against the British redcoats.  This year in addition to our many colonial re-enactors, we welcome Relay Foods, the Howard County Historical Society, and Ellicott City’s own LaLa’s Hot Dogs.  Watch American history unfold with these and many more re-enactors and exhibitors at the Colonial Market Fair where you and your family can unplug and reconnect with stories from our nation’s past and create memories for generations to come.

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