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!
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!
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!
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!
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!
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.
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!
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!
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!