Ole Towne Festival schedule – July 25-26

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

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.

One Response to “Ole Towne Festival schedule – July 25-26”

  1. flg Says:

    We had a very satisfying first day of the Ole Towne Festival—probably at least 120 visitors, including some former members from years ago and a lot of people just curious. Several volunteered to help with a variety of things, and all (I think) were astonished by the house and how much we’ve accomplished in a couple of months.

    John Torkos, the British re-enactor was simply superb. He had done his homework on the house and the Coxe-Kempe connection, and his fascinating explanation of British military gear and tactics promted lots of questions. John also had a number of suggestions for programs for next year. I’ll have some pictures of him and his kit posted in the photo gallery in the next couple of days.

    Many thanks to those who helped by staffing the house, including Sue Cook, Steve Zarbatany, Dan Seyler, Mr & Mrs Backes, Bob Gloor, Randy Piazza, Jr., and probably a couple of others whom I’ve overlooked momentarily.

    The second day of the Festival was even better—there were times when the house was crowded with visitors. Intermittent rain caused us to move the musical groups indoors, and the parlour worked perfectly for that, although the room lacked any ventilation. The whole placed rocked with jigs, reels, marches, and other dances at times, and the piercing notes of a flute and the rattle of a colonial drum just permeated the place. All of the musicians volunteered to return again. Many families signed the guest book and asked to be kept informed of our programs and activities, and several joined the Phillipsburg Area Historical Society. Several volunteered to help in a couple of ways.

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