BRIDGEWATER, NJ - Baseball fans will be transported to 18th century New Jersey on Thursday June 14 as Crossroads of the American Revolution and the Somerset Patriots celebrate Revolutionary Spirit night against the York Revolution at TD Bank Park in Bridgewater.
Attendees at the 7:05 p.m. game will be welcomed to step into the past with hands-on demonstrations and conversations with costumed reenactors representing New Jersey historic sites and interpreter groups in Somerset, Morris, Union and Monmouth Counties.
Fans will be immersed in the Revolutionary era as they approach the ballpark, greeted by encampments of the 2nd New Jersey Regiment and the Sable Soldiers of the American Revolution, and a patrol of the 17th Regiment of Infantry. The first 500 children through the turnstiles will receive a small 13-star flag from a reenactor portraying U.S. flag designer Francis Hopkinson. Throughout the game, George Washington, Ben Franklin and Somerville’s official town crier, Lazarus Turner, will meet and greet fans on the ball park's concourse. The Fifes and Drums of the Old Barracks will perform authentic 18th century tunes, plus, be on the lookout for surprise performances from reenactors and actors from the Heritage Trail Association and Middlebrook Theatrical Society!
Watch and try out Colonial-era crafts and trades, including:
- Early American medicine and surgical practices, with Doug Aumack
- Spinning and weaving with the Monmouth County Historical Association
- Mock hearth cooking with NJ History Alive
- Sample Colonial-era ice cream made on location by Susan McLellan Plaisted.
- Quill pen instructions and a chance to sign a large-scale Declaration of Independence, with the Jacobus Vanderveer House.
- Colonial kids games with the Liberty Hall Museum.
- Kids’ giveaways from the Heritage Trail Association.
- Artifacts from East Jersey Old Town Village
- 18th century games with Morristown National Historical Park and the Washington Association of NJ
- New Jersey State Society of the National Society, Daughters of the American Revolution, dressed in 18th century clothing.
Tickets for the game are available from the Somerset Patriots at www.somersetpatriots.com, or by calling (908) 252-0700.
Established by the U.S. Congress in 2006, Crossroads of the American Revolution National Heritage Area promotes a greater understanding of Revolutionary-era historical sites and landscapes in New Jersey. Working with Morristown National Historical Park and partners throughout the state, Crossroads connects the people and places of New Jersey's rich Revolutionary heritage to inspire community pride, stewardship and civic engagement. For more information, visit Crossroads' web site at www.revolutionarynj.org.
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