The Roseberry Homestead will be open for limited tours between noon and 5 pm on both Saturday and Sunday. We’ll have several rooms available, including the center hall, the parlor, the “living room” and the old kitchen. We may guide a very limited number of people through the upstairs rooms, although a final decision has not been made on that. The house is stable, and there is a coat of paint on three of the rooms, but we are still in the early stages of securing the building, so no one should expect an elegantly-restored eighteenth-century manor. But we’re pretty proud of what we’ve accomplished in the last few months, and we’re looking forward to our first visitors.
John Torkos of the 22nd Regiment
On Saturday, John Torkos, a British Revolutionary War soldier will talk about his “kit,” and the role of his regiment in the Revolution. John is very knowledgeable about the late Colonial/Revolutionary War period, so his appearance is sure to be of broad interest. He’ll be available from 1:30 to about 4 pm, Saturday only.
Sunday will offer a sample of the roots of American music.
12:30 – 1:15 pm – Russ Cole and Kim Newell will treat all to a Colonial Fife and Drum concert complete with discussions about the music, the tradition, and their application in pre and post Revolutionary society.
1:30 to 2:15 pm – The lovely Theresa Couture, a brilliant Sean Nós (Old Style) singer, will treat all to a presentation of some of Ireland’s great ballads as well as discuss their origins and importance in Irish culture.
2:30 to 3:15 pm – The brilliant band Sonas will treat all to the great music of Cape Breton.
3:30 to 4:15 pm – Ed Saultz and friends will treat all to some of Ireland’s traditional dance music (the jigs, reels, hornpipes, polkas, and airs) as well as some of her traditional songs.
4:15 to 5:00 pm – We’ll all take the stage together for some tunes and song!
Ed Saultz put together this program and all the musicians have volunteered their time to offer this as an introduction to the educational and cultural goals of the Roseberry Homestead restoration.