We will participate in America’s Hometown Thanksgiving Celebration in Plymouth, Massachusetts, on Saturday 22 and Sunday 23 November 2014. We’ll march in the parade on Saturday, starting at 10:30 am, and will give a drill demonstration in the Portal to the Past historic village at 1:00 pm (or shortly after we return from the parade, whichever comes later). We’ll have our tent set up in the historic village, on the green in Brewster Garden park, for the rest of the day on Saturday and on Sunday. Come visit us!
The Salem Trayned Band will demonstrate c. 1630 English pike drill and seventeenth-century camp life at the Strawbery Banke Museum’s An American Celebration on Friday 4 July 2014 in Portsmouth, New Hampshire. Then we’ll see the fireworks of dozens of towns on our way home.
The Salem Trayned Band will march in the Ancient and Honorable Artillery Company of Massachusetts’ June Day parade on Monday 2 June 2014, in downtown Boston. This annual event, held on the first Monday in June, recreates the Ancient and Honorables’ drumhead election. It also closes Tremont Street, and other central streets, in the middle of a work day. And they fire artillery salutes on Boston Common. The parade steps off at noon. As a special treat, the Honourable Artillery Company of London, the second-oldest chartered military organization in the world (after the Pontifical Swiss Guard) will be visiting for the parade. It’s an event not to be missed.
The Salem Trayned Band will do Henry Hexham’s early-seventeenth-century pike drill at Minuteman National Historical Park in Lexington, Massachusetts on Armed Forces Day, Saturday 17 May 2014. The event, Muskets, Pikes, Bayonets and Beyond, will take place at the park’s North Bridge Visitor Center from 10:00 am until 4:00 pm. We go on at 11:00. We’ll also appear as our nineteenth-century alter egos later in the day. National Guard units and a variety of eighteenth-century re-enactors will be there as well. Come see it!
We will participate in the National Guard and Salem Veterans Council’s 377th-anniversary commemoration of the first regimental muster in North America, in Salem, Massachusetts, on Saturday 5 April 2014. The schedule includes ceremonies at Armory Park (in front of the National Park Service Visitor Center at 2 New Liberty Street) at 10:15 am, and on Salem Common at 11:15, with a short parade between the two. The First Muster is one of the two impressions in our original brief (the 1630 first militia is the other). Come see it!
The Salem Trayned Band will demonstrate c. 1630 English pike drill and seventeenth-century camp life at the Massachusetts National Guard’s fourth annual Open House at Camp Edwards, Joint Base Cape Cod (formerly the Massachusetts Military Reservation), on Saturday 21 and Sunday 22 September 2013. We look forward to seeing all of our friends and fans at our giant tent.
The Salem Trayned Band will demonstrate c. 1630 English pike drill and seventeenth-century camp life at the National Park Service’s Salem Maritime Festival from 12:00 noon to 4:00 pm on Saturday 3 August 2013 in Salem, Massachusetts. Look for a photo of Paul and Andy that the NPS has put on the event page, although–whoops–they seem to have left us off the list of exhibitors. Nevertheless, we look forward to seeing all of our friends and fans at our tent by Derby Wharf.
The Salem Trayned Band will visit Bourne’s Aptucxet Trading Post for their Colonial Day event on Saturday 13 July 2013 at the invitation of Plymouth’s New Plimmoth Gard. We may also be there the following day, Sunday 14 July, for more seventeenth-century fun (meaning drill, of course—what could be better?) with the NPG.