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April 27th 2017

7:30 PM

American Journalism 1777 - 2017
7:30 PM

"AMERICAN JOURNALISM 1777-AMERICAN JOURNALISM 2017" with Andrew Julien, Editor in Chief of one of the oldest continuously printed newspaper in the United States —The Hartford Courant.

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April 28th 2017

7:00 PM

Separating Fact From Legend
7:00 PM

FULLY BOOKED [Read More] On the afternoon of April 27, 1777 an invading British army under His Majesty’s Royal Governor of New York, Major General William Tryon seized the town of Ridgefield. Next morning they marched back to their troopships in Long Island Sound, never to return. Was the village plundered and burned? Did the patriot militia turn and run? Were townsfolk, in truth, still loyal to King George? And what was a redcoat army doing here in the first place? Discover for yourself what really happened that April day, as best determined by author/historian Keith M. Jones III, founding President of Ridgefield Historical Society. Contact the Ridgefield Historical Society at ridgefieldhistory@sbcglobal.net or (203) 438-5821 for reservations. Admission free.

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April 29th 2017

9:00 AM

Event: American Encampment
9:00 AM to 5:00 PM

Mingle through the camp of the 5th CT Regiment. Each soldier will be in full character and will be able to answer any historical questions you may have! Tour the property and view the original cannonball lodged in a beam of the Tavern during the battle. Enjoy period music... [Read More] Mingle through the camp of the 5th CT Regiment. Each soldier will be in full character and will be able to answer any historical questions you may have! Tour the property and view the original cannonball lodged in a beam of the Tavern during the battle. Enjoy period music throughout the day and meet artisans who will demonstrate their crafts with hands on activities for children of all ages.

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Event: British Encampment
9:00 AM to 5:00 PM

Take a step back in time as you wonder through the camp of His Majesty’s 54th Regiment of foot. Witness live musket ball smelting, proper British soldier drills, and gain firsthand experience of the encampment lifestyle. Each soldier will... [Read More] Take a step back in time as you wonder through the camp of His Majesty’s 54th Regiment of foot. Witness live musket ball smelting, proper British soldier drills, and gain firsthand experience of the encampment lifestyle. Each soldier will be in full character, accents, and all. These events are suitable for children of all ages.

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Event: Meet Benedict Arnold and Sybil Ludington
9:00 AM to 5:00 PM

Meet Timothy & Esther Keeler, Sybil Ludington, Benedict Arnold and other notable characters who will share their perspective on the Battle of Ridgefield and life during this tumultuous period in our history.

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Event: Walking Tours
9AM, 10AM, 11AM,
3PM, 4PM

FULLY BOOKED [Read More] Local historians will give free hourly walking tours to help participants learn about the famous battle of Ridgefield. The tours will begin at the battle of Ridgefield monument in front of Casagmo condominiums on northern Main Street and end at Keeler Tavern. Along the way participants will learn about the actual battle and see historic homes and churches and other landmarks.
To register for a free tour call the Ridgefield Historical Society at 203-438-5821 or email; ridgefieldhistory@sbcglobal.net

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10:00 AM

Event: Colonial Music
10:30 AM to 11:30 AM

Get ready for the battle to begin with period music for fiddle and fife on the Library lawn from 10:00 - 11:30 AM. Fiddler Paul Woodiel is an acclaimed violinist in New York, but as Connecticut native is steeped in the [Read More] Get ready for the battle to begin with period music for fiddle and fife on the Library lawn from 10:00 - 11:30 AM. Fiddler Paul Woodiel is an acclaimed violinist in New York, but as Connecticut native is steeped in the ancient music of Colonial New England. As a music historian, he specializes in performance of traditional music of many times and places. Paul will be joined for the Battle of Ridgefield by his early mentor Will Welling, on fife, drum and fiddle. Welling is one of the most accomplished exponents of traditional New England music, with over 40 years as a performing traditional music artisan.

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Event: The Scott Field Hospital
& Encampment
10:00 AM to 5:00 PM

The 4th Connecticut Regiment, Captain Abner Bacon’s Company, will bring men-at-arms supporting the Continental Army led by their Commander Robert Stiles. The 6th Connecticut Regiment is also on the way. Tenting and [Read More] The 4th Connecticut Regiment, Captain Abner Bacon’s Company, will bring men-at-arms supporting the Continental Army led by their Commander Robert Stiles. The 6th Connecticut Regiment is also on the way. Tenting a...nd campfires in the encampment will exactly as they were during the American Revolution. Dr. Amos Baker, a skilled physician with many 18th century medical tools, will organize the field hospital for the battle. Wounded soldiers will be transported to the hospital for treatment. Camp followers will prepare 18th century meals. The Germantown Ancients Fife & Drum Corps will entertain the wounded and their fellow countrymen between Saturday 3-5.

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10:30 AM


Event: Parade
10:30 AM

Join us as the Battle of Ridgefield parade begins. Led by the Boy scouts along with the Germantown Ancients Fife and Drum Corps, watch as the spirit of the reenactment comes alive.

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The Battle of Ridgefield Reenactment
10:30 AM

Witness history before your eyes in The Battle of Ridgefield reenactment!

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2:00 PM

Event: Selectman Speech
2:00 PM

Ridgefield's own First Selectman, Rudy Marconi, gives a speech after the Battle of Ridgefield reenactment.

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Event: Honoring of Veterans
2:00 PM

At the conclusion of the reenactment both the Continental and British Armies will march to the Lounsbury House and honor our wounded veterans.

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5:00 PM

Check-in Begins
5:00 PM

Check-in will begin for The Black Tie Gala

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April 30th 2017

11:00 AM

Event: Masonic Memorial Service General David Wooster
11:00 AM

Join Jerusalem 49 and Union 40 Masonic Lodges in Danbury at the Graveside Memorial Service with Continental Army Honor Guard for Battle of Ridgefield fallen General David Wooster Founder of Connecticut Freemasonry.

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Event: Lecture and Tour
1:00 PM

"Conversion 1777: Loyalist to Patriot" brief discussion followed by an hour long, guided tour; Ridgebury Cemetery - Veterans of the American Revolution - tour starting at 12:30

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Event: Graveyard Tour
1:00 PM

A self-guided tour in Olde Town Cemetery visiting the graves of many of the soldiers from Ridgefield who served during the Revolution. Brief descriptions will highlight important facts about these men and their families.

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