Patriots Week Friday, December 29th


  
10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
BATTLES OF TRENTON WALKING TOUR
Sunrise Luncheonette, 26 South Warren Street
 
Ralph Siegel of Trenton Battlefield Tours leads this 10-block interpretive walk that narrates the dramatic minute-by-minute events of the Battles of Trenton. Walking tour starts at 10.00 a.m.; come early to the Sunrise Luncheonette at 9 a.m. for questions and discussion. Free
 
 
 
10:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
SHAPENOTE SINGING
Trenton Friends Meeting, 142 East Hanover Street
 
Shape-note singing is a musical practice and tradition of social and community singing from music learned by ear with roots in Shakespearean England. Shape note music (sometimes called Sacred Harp music) is printed with the note heads in distinct shapes (squares, rounds, diamonds, etc.) to indicate their pitch, whether fa so or la. The technique is used to teach people to read music. Free
 
 
 
12:00 p.m. 
THE DISTAFF MUSE
First Presbyterian Church, 120 East State Street (parking at 107 East Hanover St.)
 
What qualities define the 18th Century Woman? Virtue? Piety? Gentility? Spirit? Wit? Fortitude? Resignation? Passion? Historical interpreter Stacy F. Roth explores the private thoughts and popular image of women of the 18th century through songs, quotations, poetry and prose. In this unique presentation from a revolving repertoire, audiences will visit with humble heroines, brave Amazons, wise wits, and warriors in disguise. Come, be amused with the distaff muse. Free 
 
 
 
12:30 p.m.
ALEXANDER HAMILTON AND THE 24 CANNONS AT THE BATTLE OF TRENTON
Trenton City Museum at Ellarslie Mansion, 299 Parkside Avenue
 
The program will follow the movements of all 24 of the cannons on the streets of Trenton during the Battle of Trenton. The talk will demonstrate why the 18 American cannons -- including the two six-pounders commanded by Alexander Hamilton -- were decisive in the victory over the Hessians, who had six three-pounders. A four-pounder cannonball will be on display during the talk. Presented by Urban Planner and Museum Trustee David Bosted. 
 
 
 
1:00 p.m.
REVOLUTIONARY MUSIC: THE SIGNALS, CALLS, AND CAMP DUTIES
Historic Trenton Masoniac Temple, 100 Barrack Street 
A lecture and musical demonstration comparing the fife and drum calls and camp duties used by the New Jersey Regiments and Philadelphia Battalions 1775- 1777. In addition several of the marches of the luminaries of the Revolution will be performed. Musicians John Lane, Drew Wierzbowski and Stephen Hudak will perform. Suggested admission: $5 per person 
  
 
 
2:00 p.m.
LECTURE: DAVID PRICE, "RESCUING THE REVOLUTION: UNSUNG PATRIOT HEROES AND
THE TEN CRUCIAL DAYS OF AMERICA'S WAR OR INDEPENDENCE 
Trenton Free Public Library, 120 Academy Street
 
This talk offers a concise but detailed account of a critical moment in our national saga that focuses on the exploits of individuals who have remained largely obscure in the annals of history. It relates their deeds to the broader context of this period and the path that led to ultimate victory, just when the struggle for independence appeared all but lost. David Price is a historical interpreter for the Friends of Washington Crossing Park and leads guided tours focusing on the "Ten Crucial Days" of the American Revolution. Free www.trentonlib.org
 
 
 
4:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
TRENTON MASONIC MUSEUM EXHIBITION AND DISCUSSION
Historic Trenton Masonic Temple, Corinthian Room (Second Floor) 100 Barrack Street
 
Partake of over 230 years of epic Masonic history in New Jersey. View a rich and wide variety of Masonic symbols, attire, documents, artifacts, and esoterica. Learn about Masonic culture, organization, traditions, and more. Sponsored by New Jersey Freemasons Grand Lodge Museum and History Committee. Free
 
 

4:00 p.m. - 5:15 p.m.
BROTHER DAVID BREARLEY: THE MOST IMPORTANT FOUNDING FATHER THAT WE DON'T KNOW 
Historic Trenton Masonic Temple, Corinthian Room (Second Floor) 100 Barrack Street
 
Unheralded by many, he quietly reposes in an obscure churchyard in the most historic precinct of Trenton. Unknown to most, he was a pivotal co-creator of the government of the United States. He was Brother David Brearley, Freemason, the most important founding father that we don't know. Sponsored by New Jersey Freemasons Grand Lodge Museum and History Committee. Free 
 
 

7:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.
COLONIAL BALL
Historic Trenton Masonic Temple, 100 Barrack Street
 
The Colonial Ball is your chance to mingle with the soldiers of the Battle of Trenton and learn their favorite dance steps! $17.76 advance tickets; $20 at the doorwww.barracks.org
  

 

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