August 8, 2020 Saturday (9 am) - Atlantic Middle States Association (AMSA) Location: This event is now a virtual event held Saturday August the 8th, from 9:00 am - 12:00 pm. Linkage to the virtual meeting will be posted to the AMSA and SAR web sites before the end of June. I will also post the link(s) here when I receive. Details: This is a Mid-Atlantic Region event, hosted locally by the DC Society NSSAR. The virtual meeting will also include General Officer candidate Presentations and state president updates. Registered attendance at the virtual meeting counts towards the AMSA Bronze and Silver Membership Medals (see attached flyer). Weather: Attendees: Bonner, Corey, Osborn
July 18, 2020 Saturday (11 am) - 246th Commemoration of the Signing of the Fairfax Resolves Location: Virtual with small contingent at Pohick Church Details: This Chapter-level event honoring the memory of the signers of the Fairfax Resolves. The Fairfax Resolves were a set of resolutions adopted by a committee in Fairfax County in the colony of Virginia on July 18, 1774, in the early stages of the American Revolution. Written primarily by George Mason, the resolutions rejected the British Parliament's claim of supreme authority over the American colonies. More than thirty counties in Virginia passed similar resolutions in 1774, "but the Fairfax Resolves were the most detailed, the most influential, and the most radical. See the attached flyer for more information. POC is Dave Cook, 1st VP Fairfax Resolves Chapter, email@example.com. Weather: Forecast partly cloudy with a high of 92 degrees and 50% chance of showers. Attendees: Belfeld, Bonner, Christensen, Cook, Corey, Duncan, Dusenbury, Englebright, Greaf, Hall, Jameson, Kelly, McKinley, Newman, Osborn, M Robinson, Schmidt, Simmons, Stewart, Jeff and Justin Thomas, and Weyler.
July 4, 2020 Saturday (1 pm) - Reading of the Declaration of Independence Location: Culpeper County Courthouse, 135 W Cameron Street, Culpeper, VA Details: This Chapter-level event sponsored by the Culpeper Minutemen Chapter, VASSAR. The program, which features a public reading of the Declaration of Independence, also includes a tribute to African American and American Indians from the Culpeper area in the Revolutionary War. Weather: Hot and sunny - classic 4th of July! Attendees: Bonner, Carrigan, Corey, Dennis, Hamill, Jameson, A Mills, J Mills, E Robinson, M Robinson, and Weyler
July 4, 2020 Saturday - Independence Day and March to the Tomb (Live and Virtual) Location: George Washington's Mount Vernon Details: This is a National - level event, organized and conducted virtually by the George Washington Chapter, VASSAR. A small VASSAR Color Guard contingent joined VASSAR President Bill Schwetke, GW Vice President Tom Roth, Chapter Historian Bill Coulter, Treasurer Richard Rankin, and VADAR District V Director Dr. Sharla Rausch and Fauquier County Courthouse DAR Honorary Regent and VASSAR First Lady Cat Schwetke. Weather: Attendees: Bonner, Francisco, and Nelson
June 13, 2020 Saturday (2 pm) - Culpeper Minutemen Memorial Wreath Laying Location: Culpeper Minutemen Memorial, Culpeper, VA Details: This is a National - level event, organized locally by the Culpeper Minutemen Chapter, VASSAR. Weather: Sunny, mid-to-upper 70s - beautiful! Attendees: Bonner, Duncan, and Schwetke
June 13, 2020 Saturday (10 am) - Patriot Gravemarking for William Robertson Location: Rileville, Page County, VA (about 16.5 miles from Front Royal) Details: This Chapter-level event led by the Col James Wood II Chapter, VASSAR. Weather: Sunny, mid-to-upper 70s - beautiful! Attendees: Bonner, Mills, and Schwoerer
May 30, 2020 Saturday (11 am) - 239th Commemoration of Wayne's Crossing (Live and Virtual) Location: This is now a Virtual Event, conducted via Zoom, with Remote Color Guard Participation! Details: This is a Chapter - level event, hosted by the Fairfax Resolves Chapter and commemorating the crossing of the Potomac River by General Anthony Wayne’s army on 31 May 1781. The army passed through Leesburg on 3 June in route to joining General Lafayette’s Army. Please see the attached flyer for additional details. Please notify Dave Cook, 1st VP Fairfax Resolves Chapter at firstname.lastname@example.org, of your interest in participating, and we'll include you on the distribution of event details soon. Weather: Attendees: Bonner, Cook, and Schwetke
May 25, 2020 Monday - National Memorial Day Parade - CANCELLED Location: Washington DC and various locations. Details: This is a National - level event, organized locally by the George Washington Chapter, VASSAR Weather: Attendees: Bonner, Schwetke
May 23, 2020 Saturday (10:30 am) - 240th Commemoration of the Battle of Waxhaws - CANCELLED Location: Lancaster, SC Details: This is a Chapter - level event sponsored by the General Francis Marion Chapter, SCSSAR. The SAR contact for laying wreaths is: Greg Ohanesian, Chapter President P.O. Box 1373 Bennettsville, SC (843) 479-7193 Fax: (843) 833-4457 Weather: Attendees:
April 24 - 26, 2020 (Thursday - Sunday) - Fort Frederick 18th Century Market Fair - CANCELLED Location: 11115 Fort Frederick Road, Big Pool MD 21711. (Take Exit 12 off I-70 MD 56 (Big Pool Road) Big Pool, Indian Springs. Follow signs about 1 mile to the fort). Details: The annual Fort Frederick 18th Century Market Fair features the best period artisans, craftspeople, and sutlers together with an 18th Century encampment. Explore Maryland's French and Indian War era stone fort built in 1756. See hundreds of reenactors and 18th century sutlers (vendors) selling 18th C. period wares: paintings & prints, clothing & fabric, books, camp gear, flintlock rifles, fowlers, muskets, powder horns, bags, fireplace & cooking hardware, lanterns, copperware, etc. Attend the Auction on Saturday for great buys on items donated by the sutlers - all auction proceeds benefit the Park. Hosted by the "Friends of Fort Frederick" in partnership with the staff of Fort Frederick State Park. Hours are Thursday, April 23, through Saturday, April 25 from 9 am to 5 pm and Sunday, April 26, from 9 am to 3 pm. Entrance fees are Adults - $5, Children 6 to 12 - $2, Children 5 and under – Free. 4-Day Passes Available.For more information, visit http://friendsoffortfrederick.info/market_fair.htm. Weather: Attendees:
April 19, 2020 Sunday (3 pm) - Patriot's Day (Virtual) Location: This is now a Virtual Event, conducted via Zoom, with Remote Color Guard Participation! Details: This National - level event is also now a VASSAR Presidential Initiative. Organized virtually by the Fairfax Resolves Chapter, VASSAR memorializes the eight men of the Lexington Militia killed in action on 19 Apr 1775. The flyer below contains additional details, and an email announcement will follow soon. RSVP to Jeff Thomas, 1st Vice President VASSAR, at email@example.com. Weather: Attendees: Hamilton, Carrigan, Christensen, Corey, Daniel, Dusenbury, Osborn, Poe, Robinson (Clayton), Robinson (Marc), Simmons, Duncan, Mills, Weyler, Dennis, Hamill, Jameson, Schwetke (Bill), Hall, Abbott, Bonner, Cook, McKinley, Schmidt, Thomas (Jeff), Thomas (Justin), Badamo, Melhuish, Russell, Branche, Friedma, Kelly, O'Kelley, and Greaf
April 6, 2020 Monday (9:30 am) - NSDOAF Annual Meeting - CANCELLED - WILL BE RESCHEDULED FOR APRIL, 2021 Location: U.S. Department of Agriculture, 1301 Independence Avenue, SW, Washington, DC Details: This is a fraternal organization and first annual meeting of the National Society Descendants of American Farmers 1776 - 1990 (NSDOAF), and the VASSAR CG has received a request to provide support. The keynote speaker is U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Sonny Purdue. The NSDOAF mission is to honor our ancestor farmers who were such an important part of the success of our beloved country by awarding higher education scholarships to students who will follow in our ancestor's footsteps. Many members of NSDOAF are also members of the NSSAR and NSDAR. For more information, please see https://www.nsdoaf.com. Weather: Attendees:
April 4, 2020 Saturday 11:00 am) - 245th Anniversary of Patrick Henry's Speech - CANCELLED - WILL BE RESCHEDULED!! St. John's Church has closed all upcoming services and events, and this event will be rescheduled. Location: Historic St. John's Church, 2401 E Broad Street, Richmond, VA 23223 Details: This is a Chapter - level event, sponsored by the Richmond Chapter, VASSAR. This event is a full-costumed re-enactment and performance of Patrick Henry's famous speech on 23 March, 1775, where he spoke the words "Give me Liberty or Give me Death". The performance includes a wreath-laying opportunity and optional lunch afterwards. Participants are encouraged to attend in your 18th century finest! Please see the attached flyer for additional details, and RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org if you wish to present a wreath and/or attend the luncheon. Weather: Attendees:
March 14, 2020 Saturday (10 am) - 239th Commemoration of the Battle of Guilford Courthouse Location: Guilford Courthouse National Military Part, 2332 New Garden Road, Greensboro, NC 27410 Details: This is a National - level event, of interest to the VASSAR and hosted by the NCSSAR, who will host a ceremony in remembrance of the men who fought and died in this pivotal battle of the American Revolution.
The Battle of Guilford Courthouse in North Carolina, on March 15, 1781, proved pivotal to victory in the American Revolutionary War (1775-83). Although British troops under Lieutenant General Charles Cornwallis (1738-1805) scored a tactical victory at Guilford Courthouse over American forces under Major General Nathanael Greene (1742-86), the British suffered significant troop losses during the battle. Afterward, Cornwallis abandoned his campaign for the Carolinas and instead took his army into Virginia, where in October of that year he surrendered to General George Washington (1732-99) following the Battle of Yorktown, the last major land battle of the war.
The Headquarters Hotel for the North Carolina Society will be: The Wyndham Garden – Greensboro 415 S Swing Rd Greensboro, NC 27409 336-299-7650 Room reservations may be made by calling the hotel at 336-299-7650 and requesting the “Sons of the American Revolution” room rate of $99 + tax…includes a free breakfast! The cut-off date for hotel room reservations is March 6, 2020. A reception will be held at 5:00 pm on Friday, 13 March at the hotel.
The ceremony will begin Saturday morning with a Procession from the side of the Visitor Center to the Nathanael Greene Monument precisely at 10:00 am. Wreaths should be presented to the Visitor’s Center no later than 9:30 am to allow the Park Service time to transport them over to the monument. In order for all presenters to be listed in the program, all RSVPs MUST be received no later than close of day Monday, 9 March, 2020. RSVP Online Now! or Download the Paper RSVP Form
and mail to: George Strunk PO Box 10636 Goldsboro, NC 27532-0636
You may also contact George at email@example.com and on (919) 778-8324 for more information.
February 27 - 29, 2020 - NSSAR Spring Leadership Conference and Trustees Meeting Location: The Brown Hotel, Louisville, KY Details: This is a National - level event, hosted by the NSSAR. Weather: Partly cloudy, with winds 8 - 11 mph and temperature from the low 20s and highs in the mid 30s. Looks like some precipitation and small chance of flurries for those arriving on Thu. Attendees: Schwetke
February 22, 2020 Saturday (3 pm) - George Washington's Farewell Address Location: Culpeper Masonic Cemetery, N. Main Street, Culpeper, VA Details: The Culpeper Minute Men Chapter Sons of the American Revolution a Patriotic, Historical and Educational Society will be Celebrating George Washington’ s Birthday on Feb.22, 2020. The Minutemen will honor our 1st President with Color Guard, Wreath Laying and reading of his Farewell Address. George Washington was the man who established the American Republic. He led the revolutionary army against the British Empire, he served as the first president, and most importantly he stepped down from power. What’s so great about leaving office? Think of other great military commanders and revolutionary leaders before and after Washington -- Caesar, Cromwell, Napoleon, and Lenin. They all seized the power they had won and held it until death or military defeat. Therefore the reading of his Farewell address. For more information, contact CMM Pres. Charles Jameson at 540-222-9603 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Weather: Mostly sunny with a high of 54, winds light at 4 mph. Attendees: Bonner, Hamill, Jameson, Poe, Robinson (Eric and Marc), Schwetke
February 22, 2020 Saturday (11 am) - Commemoration of the 1766 Leedstown Resolutions Location: Ingleside Winery, 5872 Leedstown Road, Oak Grove, VA 22443 Details: The Northern Neck of Virginia Historical Society (promoted here by the James Monroe Chapter) is delighted to host George Washington, Founding Father and first President of the United States of America. Washington, portrayed by Greg Fisher, will reflect on the role of the Leedstown Resolutions in forging our nation's future, the War and its challenges, and how we move forward to govern ourselves, our economy, as well as his personal challenges. See the attached flyer for additional details, including wine tasting and luncheon. Weather: Sunny with a high of 52, winds light and variable at 4 mph Attendees: Belfield, Bonner, Chase, Duncan, Hamill, Kelly, Lyman, Martin, Russell, Schwetke, Thomas, and Weyler
February 22, 2020 Saturday (10 am) - 244th Commemoration of the Battle of Moore's Creek Bridge Location: Moore's Creek Battlefield, 200 Moore's Creek Dr, Currie, NC 28435 Details: This is a National - level event, hosted by the NCSSAR. In the Battle of Moore's Creek Bridge in North Carolina on February 27, 1776, during the Revolutionary War (1775-83), American forces defeated the British. The victory ended British authority in North Carolina and provided an important boost to Patriot morale. Within two months of the American victory, on April 12, 1776, North Carolina became the first colony to vote in favor of independence from Britain. Weather: Attendees:
February 17, 2020 Monday (11 am) - Tomb of the Unknown Soldier of the American Revolution Location: Old Presbyterian Meeting House, 323 S Fairfax Street, Alexandria, VA 22314 Details: This is a Chapter - level event, hosted by the Kate Waller Barrett Chapter VADAR. Weather: Partly cloudy, 53 degrees and winds 6 mph. Attendees: Bonner, Cook, Davenport, Eubanks, Osborn, Schwetke, and Weyler
February 17, 2020 Monday (1 pm) - George Washington Birthday Parade Location: Old Town Alexandria - further details will be posted. Details: This is a Chapter - level event, hosted by the George Washington Chapter. We have been assigned to Division 3, which as you will see on the enclosed map, means we will muster along Pitt Street adjacent to the Lyles-Crouch School. The Parade staff requests that units form no later than 12:00 noon; the Parade steps off at 1:00 pm. Please note that the Parade perimeter will be closed to traffic beginning at 10:00 am on Parade Day. Also attached is the list of parking restrictions, and general Rules and Procedures, for reference. Additional information can be found at http://washingtonbirthday.com/parade.
Weather: Partly cloudy, 53 degrees and winds 6 mph. Attendees: Bonner, Davenport, Eubanks, Osborn, Schwetke, and Weyler
February 15, 2020 Saturday (10 am) - 239th Commemoration of the Crossing of the Dan Location: The Prizery, 700 Bruce Street, South Boston, VA 24592 Details: This is a National - level event, of interest to the VASSAR and hosted by the Dan River Chapter VASSAR. For those in town the night before this event, the 239th Crossing of the Dan Committee cordially invites you to attend a casual "Meet & Greet" on Friday, February 14 at 6:00 p.m. at Ernie's Restaurant, 1010 John Randolph Blvd., South Boston, Virginia for the Seafood Buffet; "Dutch Treat", (~$18 plus beverage, tax & tip). Please see the attached flyer for additional details about this event including accommodations options. For additional information, please contact Jeff Myers, Registrar for the Dan River Chapter at 434-665-6127 or at email@example.com. Weather: Mostly Sunny, 43 degrees and winds light and variable. Attendees: Bonner, Cook, Davenport, Hall, Jameson, Kelly, O'Kelly, Osborn, Robinsons (Eric and Marc), and Schwetke (Bill and Doug), Thomas, Wallenborn, Weyler, and Williams
February 7 - 9 Friday - Sunday - 130th Annual VASSAR Meeting Location: The Omni, Richmond, VA Details: This is a State - level event, hosted by the VASSAR, including Annual Meeting, Public Service, Memorial, and Chapter Awards, as well as the installation of 2020 - 2021 Officers and the Society's 100th President. Weather: Sunny, mid-to-upper 30s. Attendees: Badamo, Bonner, Dennis, Eubanks, Hamill, Jameson, Robinson, Schwetke (Doug), and Thomas
Left photo - VASSAR CG portrait with (from L - R) Tom Badamo, Charles Jameson, Mike Dennis, Ken Bonner, Bill Schwetke (Society President), Tom Hamill, Doug Schwetke, and Vern Eubanks. Middle photo - CG in the VA State Capitol Rotunda following our Public Service, Memorial, and Chapter Awards. Right photo - CG retiring the colors following the Officers and President installation banquet.
February 8, 2020 Saturday (2:30 pm) - 241st Commemoration of the Battle of Kettle Creek Location: TBD Details: This is a National - level event, hosted by the GASSAR. The Battle of Kettle Creek (February 14, 1779) was a minor encounter in the back country of Georgia during the American Revolutionary War. It was fought in Wilkes County about eight miles from present-day Washington, GA. A militia force of Patriots decisively defeated and scattered a Loyalist militia force that was on its way to British-controlled Augusta.The victory demonstrated the inability of British forces to hold the interior of the state, or to protect even sizable numbers of Loyalist recruits outside their immediate area. The British, who had already decided to abandon Augusta, recovered some prestige a few weeks later, surprising a Patriot force in the Battle of Brier Creek. Georgia's back country would not come fully under British control until after the 1780 Siege of Charleston broke Patriot forces in the South. Weather: Attendees: Osborn
Compatriot Brett Osborn (4th from left), representing the VASSAR Color Guard at the 241st Commemoration of the Battle of Kettle Creek, in Lincoln County, GA on 7 Feb, 2020. Huzzah!
February 1, 2020 Saturday (10 am) - 239th Commemoration of the Battle of Cowen's Ford Location: Hopewell Presbyterian Church, 10500 Beatties Ford Rd, Huntersville, NC 28078 Details: This is a National - level event, hosted by the Mecklenburg Chapter NCSSAR. The Battle of Cowan's Ford was was fought on 1 February 1781 at Cowan's ford on the Catawba River in northwestern Mecklenburg County, North Carolina, between a force of about 5,000 British and fewer than a thousand Americans who were attempting to slow the British advance across the river. The American general William Lee Davidson was killed in this battle. Weather: Attendees: Osborn
January 18, 2020 Saturday (10 am) - 239th Commemoration of the Battle of Cowpens Location: Cowpens National Battlefield, 4001 Chesnee Hwy, Gaffney, SC 29341 Details: This is a National - level event, of interest to the VASSAR and hosted by the Daniel Morgan Chapter SCSSAR. The Battle of Cowpens was an engagement during the American Revolutionary War fought on January 17, 1781, between American Colonial forces under Brigadier General Daniel Morgan and British forces under Lieutenant Colonel Sir Banastre Tarleton, as part of the campaign in the Carolinas ( North and South ). Weather: Attendees: Osborn, Schwetke