J. L. BELL is a Massachusetts writer who specializes in (among other things) the start of the American Revolution in and around Boston. He is particularly interested in the experiences of children in 1765-75. He has published scholarly papers and popular articles for both children and adults. He was consultant for an episode of History Detectives, and contributed to a display at Minute Man National Historic Park.

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Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Strolling by Candlelight in Portsmouth, N.H.

The Strawbery Banke Museum in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, is hosting its annual Candlelight Stroll this weekend, 13 and 14 December, from 4:00 to 9:00 P.M. Every building on the property will be decorated and staffed to celebrate the New Year according to its period. At the Mason-Pitts Tavern, here’s what will be happening in January 1790:

Join the Masons as they talk about the foundation of the Grand Lodge of New Hampshire the previous July, and the ladies excitedly tell the story of the visit of President Washington in November 1789.

Join R. P. Hale on the 2nd floor with his Harpsichord and Hammer Dulcimer. Venture up to the 3rd floor to take in 18th-century songs and chants with Bob Killan as he plays his violin.
You can download a full program of Strawebery Banke Candlelight Stroll events for this weekend and the next from this page. Tickets are $18.00 for adults, $10.00 for children ages five to seventeen, $40.00 for families with two adults and unlimited children under seventeen. At least that’s how I interpret it.

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