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August 2018 Appearances

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August 4 and 5, 2018  10:00am (Camp opens to the public)
25th Annual Bucktail Reunion – Civil War Encampment (Driftwood, PA)

Rich will join members of the Pennsylvania Bucktails Regiment reenactment unit at this special weekend event celebrating the 110th Anniversary of the Dedication of the Bucktail Monument in Driftwood’s Bucktail Park. This was the location where on April 26, 1861 more than 300 men (many of them”wood hicks” from the local lumber camps) constructed and boarded three large rafts for the voyage downriver on the Sinnamahoning River to the West Branch of the Susquehanna and from there to Harrisburg, where they joined the troops assembling to defend the Union.

Rich will focus his presentations on what it meant to be a “Wood Hick” in the 1860s – complete with stories and songs of life in a lumber camp as well as examples of the tools that they used.

Other presentations include: John Stengel speaking on the Origins of the Bucktails and live music by the 6th New Hampshire Contra Band. There will also be a Church Service Sunday. Admission is Free. Refreshments available for purchase. See the Annual Bucktails Reunion Facebook page for additional information.

 

August 18 & 19, 2018
Civil War Museum (Harrisburg, PA) – 2nd Rhode Island, Co. B Encampment


Joining the 2nd Rhode Island, Co. B encampment for the weekend, Supply Wagon Train Boss, “Muley” Tubbs will expound on the importance of logistics, supply trains and horses and mules in the Civil War. He may even play a tune or two from his time during the day and talk about the role of buglers too!

For additional information on this event, click on the following National Civil War Museum Event Page

 

 

 

Barkpeeler’s Festival July 7-8, 2018 at the PA Lumber Museum

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There’s a new location and more program times for History Alive! at this year’s Barkpeeler’s Festival at the Pennsylvania Lumber Museum in northcentral PA. Don’t miss this great family event! Yes, Rich will still be emceeing the Frog Jumping Contest as in previous years as well. For the complete schedule (in addition to the Jack “Griz” Hains program times below), see http://lumbermuseum.org/ – enjoy the fun!

April – July 2018 Appearances

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Sunday April 15  11am-4pm – WK&S Civil War Weekend (Kempton, PA)
It’s Civil War Weekend April 14-15 at the WK&S Railroad in Kempton, PA. Supply Train Wagon Boss “Skinner”Tubbs will be in the Barn on Sunday April 15 (only) between 11am and 4pm to talk about his role in getting supplies to the Union forces during the war. He, and all other Civil War-era participants (including General Grant) will be in first person – turning back the clock to April 14,1865 (just after Lee’s surrender at Appomattox). Bring the family, ride the train and be immersed in America’s past. For further information and/or to buy train tickets in advance – https://www.kemptontrain.com/

Saturday & Sunday April 28 – 29
Neshaminy State Park Civil War Reenactment
(Bensalem, PA)
This event was cancelled for security issues.

Saturday May 12  11am
Gravestone Dedication & Celebration for Forgotten Civil War Veteran, Aaron Kichline
St. James Lutheran Church / Straw Cemetery (Phillipsburg, NJ)
Rich will be participating in this event as bugler/musician. For more information – http://strawcemetery.org/

Saturday & Sunday June 9 -10
Cook Forest French & Indian War Encampment (Cooksburg, PA)

Conrad Weiser will be returning to this amazing event  – with a special program in the Sawmill Theater on Saturday from 1-2pm as well as a Saturday evening 7-8pm program in the Log Cabin Inn Environmental Learning Classroom.

At the 1pm presentation, In the Steps of a Peacekeeper – learn about the life of this  unsung Pennsylvania hero who epitomizes life on the American frontier from 1710 until his death in 1760. During that time – he was a statesman, diplomat, traveler, judge, linquist, Lieutenant Colonel, farmer and official Pennsylvania peacekeeper.

For the 7pm program, Conrad will be joined by his compatriot, Stoeffel Stump (portrayed by retired history teacher Bob Fleck) as they reminisce about their 1737 winter “walk” from Heidelberg (present day Womelsdorf west of Reading, PA) to Onondaga (near present day Syracuse, NY) to preserve the peace between the Iroquois and Catawba nations.

You can also meet the “characters within these two characters” both days near the entrance of the Sawmill Theater.
For further information on this weekend event – http://events.dcnr.pa.gov/event/cook_forest_french_indian_war_encampment_5573#.WwyMt4oh3IU

Tuesdays-Thursday June 12-14, 2018   10:30am, 12:30pm and 1:30pm
Oregon Dairy Family Farm Days (Lancaster County, PA)
Join Conestoga Wagoner John Jacob Keplinger from Lancaster County as he tells stories from the past during his days of traveling the “turnpikes” of colonial Pennsylvania. You may be surprised when you learn the origin of terms such as “tailgating” and “dashboard.”

Bring the kids and grandkids to this family-friendly event. For further information –
https://www.oregondairy.com/family-fun/family-farm-days 

Sunday June 24, 2018
Schuylkill Canal Festival (Mont Clare, PA)
Canal Captain John A. Hummel hauled goods and produce on a number of canals in Eastern Pennsylvania and New Jersey, but his favorite of them all was the Schuylkill Canal which ran from Port Carbon to Philadelphia. Hear the “sneckehorn” blow, and be entertained with the songs and stories from the past as “Cappy” takes you back to the “good old days.”

For further information about this event –
http://schuylkillcanal.org/event-2948336

Saturday & Sunday July 7-8, 2018
Barkpeeler’s Festival at the Pennsylvania Lumber Museum (Galeton, PA)
See the post to the left for information about this great event!

Winter 2018 Appearances

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Saturday Jan. 6, 2018 – PA Farm Show (Harrisburg, PA)
Playing for the Farm Team (Rich as Asa “The Count” Brainard)
Ag 102 Stage (Behind the Food Court in the Weis Exhibition Building)
Two programs:  3:00-3:45pm and 5:00-5:45pm

Have you ever thought about the cultural connections (language, customs, foodways, music, etc.) of baseball and agriculture? Many of the terms used in baseball past and present have an remarkable connection to farming and the land.

So, are you ready to go back to the past to understand the present? When the milking is done, we’ll go out to that open pasture behind the barn where we play ball (ballfield). We’ll hit daisy cutters (line drives) and prove that even a rube (hayshaker) can hit an apple (ball) over the fence. As a feeder (pitcher), Asa has thrown many a hot potato through a barn door.  Now, that’s baseball!

Saturday Feb. 17, 2018 –  National Civil War Museum (Harrisburg, PA)
Music of the Civil War (Long Hill String Band)  1:00-4:00pm

Rich will join the Long Hill String Band to provide Civil War era music for museum visitors on this Community Free Admission Day.

Vocals will be accompanied by fiddle, banjo, mandolin, upright bass, and guitar as well as harmonica, cornet and bugle.

Where else can you catch Rich over the winter?  You may find him joining a great group of musicians for jams in various locations in the Berks/Lancaster county areas.  Email us on our Contact page to check on specific locations & dates.