(VIRTUAL) FOUNDERS’ DAY May 30, 2020

This year’s theme:

RESILIENCE AND REVOLUTION

“What would Washington do?”  Keep calm, pivot, and carry on!

Please join us for our Facebook Live & Zoom meeting event on May 30 from 11 to 3 to celebrate our area’s late 18th century heritage and Founding Veterans and their families!  

Our volunteers will be on-site at the historic Hathorn House and you can join us virtually for demonstrations, workshops, and talks.

Help us pivot historic reenactment creatively for 2020!

INTERACT with local 18th century re-enactors and educators from home on your device.

“Hands on” activities for kids will be available by picking up a materials kit curb-side in the morning, then meet with the instructor via Zoom at home.

SEE AND DO: 18th century colonial tech:

      • Dr. Daniel Wood of Florida NY, surgeon of Valley Forge, explains an army man’s dress and gear and the tools of a troop physician.

      • Have an interactive lesson in the Lenape Language

      • Rocks to Revolution (the technologies of the Great Chain)

      • The art & science of making butter while you “churn” your own.

      • Herbs and their uses: a lavender sachet

      • Make a hand-dipped candle

      • Learn the differences in women’s roles and tools in Lenape and English settler cultures.

HONOR our Founding Veterans and all the people of the Warwick area who endured 9 years of war while the nation was being born.

LEARN with our volunteers and cultural educators!  This year we feature:

SPONSORED BY:

Hudson River Valley National Heritage Area HRVNHA Circle Logo

And in collaboration with our partners:

  • The 5th New York Regiment

  • Albert Wisner Public Library

  • The Warwick Historical Society

  • Friends of Sterling Forest

  • Minisink Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution

NOTE: THIS WILL BE A “CLOSED CAMPUS” EVENT.  THE PUBLIC WILL NOT BE ALLOWED ON-SITE IN ORDER TO PREVENT TRANSMISSION OF COVID19 TO OUR VALUED COMMUNITY MEMBERS.

Schedule:

From:       to:

9:00       10:00     Curb-side pickup ( at 21 Hathorn Rd.) of activity kits for kids (Reserve by emailing hathornhouse@gmailcom—no pickups later than 10!)

11:00     11:30     Opening ceremony (flag raising, commemoration of our Revolutionary veterans)  [Facebook Live]

11:30:    12:00     House exterior tour with Sylwia Kubasiak & Arek Kwapinski [Facebook Live]

12:00     12:30     Dr. Daniel Wood: A Continental Army surgeon’s gear & life with Lawrence Wood of the 5th NY Regiment [Facebook Live]

12:30     1:00       Women’s world: Clothing, tools & butter making workshop by Cindy Wolf of the 5th NY Regiment [Zoom meeting]

1:00       1:30       Lenape language lesson with Karen Mosko of the Nalahii (Munsee-Delaware Nation, Ottowa, Canada [Zoom meeting]

(a five-session extension of this Zoom class may be available for WVCSD residents, separate registration: email sgardner@rcls.org)

1:30       1:50      Candle making with Theresa & Vicki of the Friends of Hathorn [Zoom meeting]

1:50       2:00      Herbs and their uses: Lavender Sachet with Sue G. of the Friends of Hathorn [Zoom meeting]

2:00       2:30       The Great Chain & Sterling Forge with Doc Bayne of the Friends of Sterling Forest [Zoom meeting]

2:30      3:00     Women’s world: Lenape and Colonial women with Robin and Cora of the Friends of Hathorn [Zoom meeting]

3:00       Farewell

 

DO-IT-YOURSELF ACTIVITIES KITS THAT OUR DEMONSTRATORS ARE USING:

  1. Lavender sachets— a square of cloth, a cup to push the cloth into (to hold the herb or spice until you tie it) a ribbon to tie it with, and a few tablespoons of dried lavender, or any other nice smelling dried herb or spice you have around the house—mint leaves ,cinnamon sticks, cloves, whatever has a scent that you like.

Instructions:

Fold the square into quarters to find the center.. Poke the center into the cup, fanning the top edges a bit.  Pour the spice into the pocket of the cloth.  Tap and get the spice into a ball in the center, then tie off the top with ribbon, making sure to catch all the edges of the cloth so it doesn’t leak.

  1. Butter “churning”— paper cup with lid, or a jar with a secure lid. a little heavy cream, salt.

Instructions:

Let the cream warm to room temperature.  Keeping lid tight, shake cup or jar until butter and buttermilk separate. Small balls of butter will begin to form and float in the cream. Soon after that a large chunk will form and all that will be left is the buttermilk. Pour off the buttermilk and pour in some ice cold water and “rinse” the butter. Pour out the water. To further drain, put butter into cheesecloth or other loose weave clean cloth, then squeeze out excess buttermilk and rinse again in cold water. Season with salt, to taste. Store in a re-sealable container in the refrigerator.

  1. Candle dipping— Candle stubs cut into pieces, string for wick, cup or can for melting wax. You will need a container “deep” rather than “wide” to dip into, since you can only dip to the depth of your wax. The demonstrators will be using pure beeswax, a “more expensive” type of wax than the rendered beef fat “tallow” than poorer families used at this time.

Instructions:

Melt wax in paper cup slowly and carefully in the microwave (can put paper cup inside a coffee mug if you wish) or put a tin can into a pot with water, to create a “double boiler”. Adult supervision only, wax will be hot!  After wax is melted remove from heat.  Tie a small weight to the end of the “wick” if you wish, to help keep the candle straight. Dip once.  Wait patiently until it cools, or you can dip in cool water. When set hard, dip again.  Repeat until the candle is the thickness you desire.

 

 

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