Minuteman National Historical Park Patriot’s Day Parade, Monday 21 April 2014

The Salem Zouaves will march in this year’s Patriot’s Day parade at Minuteman National Historical Park in Lexington and Concord, Massachusetts on Monday 21 April 2014.  (The original Zouaves were among the “Minutemen of ’61″ at the start of the Civil War.)  The parade steps off in Concord’s town center at 9:00 am.  We’ll march with Revolutionary War and other Civil War units.  Come see it!

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Demonstration at ConBust ’14

The Salem Zouaves will demonstrate manual-of-arms and bayonet drills on video, and broom drill—an actual period practice—live, at Smith College’s ConBust ’14, on Saturday, March 29, 2014 at 2:00 pm in Seelye Hall room 312.  In addition, we’ll appear as our seventeenth-century selves at noon, and we have members involved in programming at 10:00 am (Tribute to Tactical Tutors and Training), 5:00 pm (So You Think You Can Fight?), and 7:00 pm (Huzzah for Hollywood).  We hope to see you there!

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Demonstration at Arisia ’14

The Salem Zouaves will demonstrate bayonet drill at Arisia ’14, on Saturday, January 18, 2014 at 10:00 am, in Grand Ballroom A.  And there will be a historical ball that evening, at 8:00 pm in the Commonwealth Ballroom.  We’ll provide a nineteenth-century swordplay demonstration as pre-ball entertainment, starting between 7:00 and 7:30 pm, and (at least) some of us will dance, so don’t miss your chance to waltz with a Zouave!  On Sunday we’ll appear as our seventeenth-century alter egos, too.  Check our schedule on The Salem Trayned Band’s site, and on Arisia’s on-line schedule.

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Lynn Civil War Sesquicentennial Living History Encampment, Saturday 1 and Sunday 2 June 2013

The Salem Zouaves will participate in a living-history encampment as part of the city of Lynn’s Civil War Sesquicentennial programs.  The encampment will take place on Saturday 1 and Sunday 2 June on Lynn Common.  Saturday’s program will be followed by a franks-and-beans supper at Lynn’s historic G.A.R. hall:

The General Frederick W. Lander Post No. 5 Grand Army of the Republic Museum, at 58 Andrew Street in Lynn, will be the site of a G.A.R. Bean Supper, hosted by the Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War.  This fund-raising event recreates monthly bean suppers that were held by the G.A.R. for area veterans in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.  As an added bonus, the Hall will be open for tours during the supper.  Tickets are $10 per person, and are available at the door.

Most of us, I think, will be there.  Join us!

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Memorial Day Parades, Monday 27 May 2013

The Salem Light Infantry (Salem Zouaves), as is their annual custom, will march in the Nahant and Lynn Memorial Day parades on Monday 27 May 2013.  The Nahant parade steps off at 9:00 am, and the Lynn parade steps off at 1:30 pm.

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Watch City Festival, Waltham, Massachusetts, Saturday 11 and Sunday 12 May 2013

We will participate in the Watch City Festival in Waltham, Massachusetts, on Saturday 11 and Sunday 12 May 2013.  We’ll have our tent set up in Landry Park, right in front of the Charles River Museum of Industry & Innovation, all day on Saturday and on Sunday, and we’ll give periodic demonstrations of manual-of-arms and bayonet drill.  Time and inclination permitting, there may also be nineteenth-century fencing and visits from some of our favorite 1860s ladies and civilian gentlemen.  Come visit us!

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Demonstration at ConBust ’13

The Salem Zouaves will demonstrate manual-of-arms and bayonet drills on video, and broom drill—an actual period practice—live, at Smith College’s ConBust ’13, on Saturday, March 30, 2013 at 5:00 pm in Seelye Hall room 312.

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Demonstration at Arisia ’13

The Salem Zouaves will demonstrate bayonet drill at Arisia ’13, on Saturday, January 19, 2013 at 11:00 am in Harbor Ballroom II.  From the Arisia ’13 Schedule:

Salem Zouaves: Civil War Bayonet Drill
In the mid-nineteenth century, a military fashion craze swept Europe and the United States.  Known as Zouaves, they were originally French-Algerian light infantry famous for their colorful Turkish uniforms, athletic precision drill, and ferocity with cold steel in battle.  The Salem Light Infantry, an elite militia company from Salem, Massachusetts, went Zouave in April, 1861.  This presentation will feature a demonstration in uniform of the bayonet-fencing drill practiced by the Salem Zouaves.

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Green Hill Park Civil War Reenactment, Worcester MA, Thursday 11-Sunday 14 October 2012

The Salem Zouaves will serve as the Federal camp’s headquarters guards at the Green Hill Park Civil War Reenactment in Worcester, Massachusetts’ Green Hill Park, on Saturday 13 and Sunday 14 October 2012.  (Our own primus inter pares, Paul Kenworthy, will be exercising his New England Brigade rank as the Federal forces’ colonel of infantry.)  No doubt we’ll find time to fit in some demonstrations, too.

Earlier in the week, on Thursday 11 October, the Commonwealth Vintage Dancers will perform a program of Civil War-era social dances and host a Civil War ball in Worcester’s spectacular Mechanics Hall.  Several Zouaves will perform with CVD, and more will (we hope) attend the ball.  We hope that you will, too.

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Salem Zouaves will demonstrate at Lincoln Day at Forbes House Museum, Milton, MA

Bayonets and Sabre Fencing….
the Salem Zouaves will join the Lincoln Day festivities
 for the first time ever…
salem zouaves

Forbes House Museum will hold its annual Lincoln Day celebration on Sunday, 12 February from 1-4pm at 215 Adams Street, Milton. Festivities for this annual event have been expanded in celebration of the Milton 350th anniversary with support from the Milton Public Schools.

A demonstration by the Salem Light Infantry re-enactors is part of an afternoon full of activities to commemorate the Civil War. Salem Zouaves co-founder, Paul Kenworthy, says, “We recreate the exotic, flashy drill and uniforms of the original Salem Zouaves, including our signature bayonet and sabre fencing.”

Originally a French- Algerian light infantry, the Zouaves perform in colorful Turkish uniforms; they are known for their athletic precision drill and preference for cold steel in battle.

Forbes House Museum is fortunate to have long-standing relationships with a number of talented re-enactor groups. Festivities for Lincoln Day will include drills and demonstrations by the 22nd Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry, the 7th Tennessee Company G., and the United States Sanitary Commission Boston Branch (the 22nd Massachusetts ladies civilian group). First Lady, Mary Todd Lincoln, will make a guest appearance, inspecting and addressing the troops.

The FHM Lincoln Cabin will be open to visitors. Hot chocolate will be served in the tradition begun by Mary Bowditch Forbes in 1924. Suggested donation for Lincoln Day is $5 per family.

Photo above: Demonstration by the Salem Zouaves at the Longfellow House, Cambridge.

For more information about all the infantry and civilian groups participating in Lincoln Day 2012, visit their websites:

http://www.22ndmass.org/

http://7thtennesseeinfantry.org/

http://www.attleborogop.com/html/lincolnreenactors.html

http://salemzouaves.org/

For more information on programs and events at Forbes House Museum, including Lincoln Day, visit our website at www.forbeshousemuseum.org.

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