The Concord Museum is reviving a beloved old Concord tradition – the Patriots’ Ball! The event will be held on Saturday, April 14, 2018, at the historic National Guard Armory, 91 Everett Street, 7:00pm to midnight.
In keeping with the over 200-year-old Concord celebration, guests will be invited to participate in Patriots’ Ball traditions including the drum-off between the Concord Minutemen and the 1st Michigan Colonial Fife and Drum Corps. Once again, guests will be invited to participate in festive Grand March parade from the Armory to First Parish Church and at the stroke of midnight will witness a re-enactment of Dr. Samuel Prescott’s fateful horse ride into Concord – to warn residents that the British soldiers were coming.
The Patriots’ Ball itself has a rich history dating to the 19th century, when it was organized by the National Guard before being taken over by the Concord Minutemen. In 1925 the Patriots’ Ball commemorated the 150th Anniversary of the beginning of the Revolutionary War and its 1928 iteration was called the Antiquarian Ball benefiting the Concord Antiquarian Society, which is now known as the Concord Museum. According to the Concord Journal in 1928, “Dana Bartlett went dressed as his own grandfather, the historic Dr. Josiah Bartlett. An old time minuet was danced by young girls in Revolutionary garb.” Over the years the Patriots’ Ball has been hosted by different organizations including a benefit for the Concord Fire Department and an annual Dance Ball. A committee including Marie Foley, owner of the downtown Concord store Revolutionary Concord; Pam D’Ambrosio; and Meg Gaudet, owner of A New Leaf in West Concord; dutifully kept the tradition alive for 18 years. They produced the most recent Patriots’ Ball in 2012. Marie explained, “Pam, Meg, and I are so glad the Concord Museum has revived the Patriots’ Ball and the traditions are being carried on. Everyone have a great time!”
In addition to the Ball’s traditions this year’s festivities will include Americana-themed food and drinks, colorful décor, and entertainment by Carlisle’s popular rock band The Hip Replacements.
This year’s Patriots’ Ball is organized by the Guild of Volunteers and the event committee includes Aura Bruce, Kelly Benkert, Kim Piculell Coughlin, Michelle McArdle, Pam Nelson, Sarah Walton, and K.C. Winslow.
The Concord Museum’s Guild of Volunteers Co-President and Committee Chair Aura Bruce, explained “We are thrilled to bring back the Patriots’ Ball to help celebrate Concord’s revolutionary history. All proceeds from the Ball will benefit the Museum’s education and public programs that serve over 17,000 students and life-long learners each year – what better way to ensure that future generations carry on this important community tradition.”
To purchase tickets and for more information go to www.concordmuseum.org
Category: Community Events