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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Sunday, November 24, 2019

December Events in Boston

Last week’s analysis of the Boston Tea Party leads us to the annual reenactment of that event and another event coming up in Boston this December.

Saturday & Sunday, 7-8 December, noon to 4:00 P.M.
Meet the Makers: A Colonial Craft Faire
Paul Revere House, Boston

Historical artisans show and sell the items they’ve created over the year in the Education and Visitor Center while R.P. Hale plays period music on the harpsichord and virginal. Inside the Revere House, the period rooms reflect the Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s customs of colonial Boston. All included with regular admission: adults $5, seniors and college students $4.50, and children aged 5-17 $1.

Monday, 16 December, 6:30 to 8:30 P.M.
Boston Tea Party Reenactment
Old South Meeting House, Boston

Ticket holders can join in a spirited public meeting to protest the tea tax in the same building where Bostonians gathered 246 years ago. Then the action moves to the waterfront accompanied by fife and drum. Spectators can watch Sons of Liberty storm the brig Beaver and toss crates of tea into the water. The schedule of events is—

6:30: “The Body of the People” meeting inside Old South (ticketed)
6:30: “Friends! Brethren! Countrymen!” gathering outside Old South with a town crier and women of colonial Boston discussing news of the tea crisis (free to the public)
7:30: “Huzzah for Griffin’s Wharf” parade through Boston’s Financial District of Boston to the Waterfront
8:00: “Destruction of the Tea” at Atlantic Wharf (reserved seats for ticket holders plus free seating for the public)

Tickets are $30, $25 for Old South members, and $20 early-bird tickets for members through 30 November. Ticket holders receive general-admission seating in Old South, escorted access to the harbor, and reserved viewing with good sight lines across the channel to watch the destruction of the tea.

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