Lynn Civil War Sesquicentennial Living History Encampment, Saturday 30 and Sunday 31 May 2015

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 30 and Sunday 31 May 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–especially as this is the last year of the Civil War’s sesquicentennial!

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Memorial Day Parades, Monday 25 May 2015

The Salem Light Infantry (Salem Zouaves), as is our annual custom, will march in the Nahant and Lynn Memorial Day parades on Monday 25 May 2015.  The Nahant parade steps off at 9:30 am, and the Lynn parade steps off at 1:30 pm.

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Watch City Steampunk Festival, Waltham, Massachusetts, Saturday 9 May 2015

We will participate in the Watch City Steampunk Festival in Waltham, Massachusetts, on Saturday 9 May 2015.  We’ll be set up on the front lawn of the Waltham Public Library all day on Saturday, 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 ’15

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 ’15, on Saturday, March 28, 2015 at 6:00 pm in Seelye Hall room 312.  In addition, we’ll appear as our seventeenth-century selves at 2:00 pm, and we have members involved in programming throughout the day, including the Writing Believable Fight Scenes panel at 1:00 pm.  We hope to see you there!

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The Commonwealth Vintage Dancers’ Returning Heroes Ball, Saturday 21 March 2015

Our good friends The Commonwealth Vintage Dancers are hosting the Returning Heroes Ball on Saturday 21 May 2015 at 7:00 pm in Holliston Town Hall.  There will be set dances and couple dances, and several of the Zouaves will be there.  We encourage you to come, but please note that Civil War-era dress is required for this ball.  Come dance with us!

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Georges Island Civil War Ball demonstration, Sunday 20 July 2014

Here’s another Commonwealth Vintage Dancers event:  On Sunday 20 July 2014 at 12:00 noon, CVD will do a Civil War Ball demonstration on Georges Island in Boston Harbor, as part of a day of Civil War-themed events (see their on-line calendar for more information).  Georges Island is the site of Fort Warren, a Civil War-era fort that served as a prison for Confederate prisoners of war.  Several of the Zouaves dance with CVD, so we hope you’ll see us–and we’ll see you–there!

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Commonwealth Civil War Ball, Saturday 21 June 2014

Our good friends The Commonwealth Vintage Dancers are hosting The Commonwealth Civil War Ball on Saturday 21 June 2014 at 7:00 pm in Nevins Hall, inside Framingham’s Memorial Building.  There will be set dances and couple dances, and a pre-ball waltz lesson (for those who are nervous about their couple-dancing), and several of the Zouaves will be there.  Come dance with us!

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Lynn Civil War Sesquicentennial Living History Encampment, Saturday 31 May and Sunday 1 June 2014

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 31 May and Sunday 1 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 26 May 2014

The Salem Light Infantry (Salem Zouaves), as is our annual custom, will march in the Nahant and Lynn Memorial Day parades on Monday 26 May 2014.  The Nahant parade steps off at 9:00 am, and the Lynn parade steps off at 1:30 pm.

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Minuteman National Historical Park Armed Forces Day, Saturday 17 May 2014

The Salem Zouaves will teach our Civil War-era manual-of-arms and bayonet drills 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 3:00.  We’ll also appear as our seventeenth-century alter egos earlier in the day.  National Guard units and a variety of eighteenth-century re-enactors will be there as well.  Come see it!

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