May 8, 2021 Saturday (1 pm) - Martin's Station National Commemoration Muster time - 12:15 am Location: Historic Henry County Courthouse, 1 East Main Street, Martinsville, VA Details: This is a National - level event sponsored by the VASSAR and co-hosted by the Martin's Station and Col George Waller Chapters, VASSAR. The event this year is held in a new location in Martinsville, VA, where General Joseph Martin resided. There will be an onsite wreath laying ceremony at the General Joseph Martin Monument at the Historic Henry County Courthouse in Martinsville. Please see the attached flyer for registration instructions. You are asked to register to participate in the event (yes/no), wreath laying (yes/no), or Color Guard (yes/no). The event organizer, Andy Doss, may also be contacted at email@example.com. Weather: Attendees: Coker, Corey, Doss, Geisinger, Hall, Jameson, Kelly, Morris, Robinson (Marc), Schwetke (Bill), and Weyler
May 8, 2021 Saturday - Wilderness Road/Raid at Martin's Station - CANCELED Location: After careful consideration, it is with sincere regret that the Friends of Wilderness Road State Park have decided to not hold the 2021 Raid at Martin’s Station (posted on the Park's Facebook page on 1 March 2021) Details: This National - level event sponsored by the VASSAR and hosted by the Friends of Wilderness Road State Park. Weather: Attendees: Bonner
May 1, 2021 Monday (am) - National Memorial Day Parade - pre-recording for playback on Memorial Day Location: National Mall, Washington, DC Details: This is a National - level event, organized locally by the George Washington Chapter, VASSAR. Weather: Attendees: Bonner, Carrigan, Corey, Dooley, Elston, Jameson, Morris, Schmidt, Schwetke (Bill), and Weyler. There were two additional participants present, and I'm trying to identify them (see picture).
April 22 - 25, 2021 Friday - Sunday - Fort Frederick 18th Century Market Fair - CANCELED Location: The Friends of Fort Frederick regretfully announced that this year's Market Fair is canceled. The decision was reached after it was determined that they would not be able to meet the Governor's relaxed COVID requirements. 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. For more information, visit http://friendsoffortfrederick.info/market_fair.htm. Weather: Attendees:
April 24, 2021 Saturday (1 pm) – 263rd Anniversary of James Monroe's Birthday Location: James Monroe's Highland, 2050 James Monroe Parkway, Charlottsville, VA Details: This is a Chapter - level event, hosted by the James Monroe Chapter, VASSAR. Wreaths will be presented at Highland, President Monroe's residence between 1799 and 1823, in recognition of his birthday (actual date 28 April, 1758). Please see the attached flyer for additional details including registration directions and deadlines. Weather: Attendees: Bonner, O'Kelley
April 18, 2021 Sunday (3 - 5 pm) – Patriots’ Day Location: Arlington National Cemetery, Lexington Minuteman Memorial, Sec 1-297-34 Details: This National - level event is also now a VASSAR Presidential Initiative. Organized locally by the Fairfax Resolves Chapter, VASSAR memorializes the eight men of the Lexington Militia killed in action on 19 April, 1775. Weather: Attendees: Bonner
April 12, 2021 (10 am) - 245th Commemoration of the Signing of the Halifax Resolves Location: Virtual Event Details: This National - level event sponsored by the Halifax Resolves Chapter, NCSSAR. The Halifax Resolves was a name later given to the resolution adopted by North Carolina on 12 April, 1776. The adoption of the resolution was the first official action in the American Colonies calling for independence from Great Britain during the American Revolution. The Halifax Resolves helped pave the way for the presentation to Congress of the United States Declaration of Independence less than three months later. Please use the following link to RSVP no later than April 5th if possible. https://forms.gle/6FuAs1v29EfdH3G46 Invitations to participate in a Zoom event will follow your registration. If you would like to present a wreath, that is very much appreciated, and the opportunity is scheduled into the event planning. If you have any questions, please contact Steve Avent at firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you, Geoffrey S Pittard, President, Halifax Resolves Chapter NCSAR Weather: Attendees: Bonner
April 11, 2021 (1 pm) - 278th Anniversary of Thomas Jefferson's Birthday Location: Historic Tuckahoe, 12601 River Rd, Richmond, VA 23238 Details: This Chapter - level event sponsored by the Thomas Jefferson Chapter, VASSAR. The Virginia SAR will commemorate the 278th Anniversary of Thomas Jefferson's Birthday with a wreath laying ceremony on Sunday, April 11th, at Historic Tuckahoe, Thomas Jefferson's boyhood home. This event is sponsored by the Thomas Jefferson chapter and includes a tour of the house and grounds. Come see the house where Jefferson lived and the school house on the grounds where he received his first education. See the attached invitation for more information.
The cost of this event is $10 per person, which covers our use of the property and the discounted group tour rate. This is a special opportunity to see the house and grounds, which are only open for group tours at this time. This is a special SAR group tour at a 50% reduced rate. Normal admission is $20 per person. Funds will be collected onsite on the day of the event.
Check in begins at 1:00pm, the tour will begin at 1:30pm and the outdoor wreath laying ceremony will take place at 3:00pm. You do not have to participate in the tour to participate in the wreath laying ceremony. However, the cost per person applies even if you only participate in the wreath laying ceremony. You are free to explore the grounds on your own after the ceremony.
State limitations on gatherings in Virginia were eased yesterday to 100 for outdoor gatherings and 50 for indoor gatherings. Historic Tuckahoe will break us into smaller groups for the house tour.
To register for this event, email your name, title and chapter to Chapter President David Cooke at email@example.com by Sunday, April 4th stating if you will participate in the tour (yes/no), wreath laying (yes/no) or Color Guard (yes/no).
Weather: Attendees: Belfield, Bonner, Corey, Kelly, Morris, Osborn, Weyler, and Williams
March 20, 2021 Saturday (10 am) - 246th Anniversary of Patrick Henry's Speech Location: Richmond, VA - Virtual Event Details: This is a VASSAR Presidential "Lift Your Voice" Initiative and Public Service Program, organized locally by the Richmond Chapter, VASSAR. This event is traditionally 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". Weather: Attendees: Belfield, Bonner, Cook, Corey, Daniel, Doss, Greaf, Hall, Hamilton, Hodges, Jameson, LaFlam, McKinley, Morris, Osborn, Parmeter, Phillips, Robinson (Marc), Schwetke (Bill), Simmons, and Weyler
March 13, 2021 Saturday (3 pm) – 240th Commemoration of the Battle of Guilford Courthouse Location: Virtual Event Details: This is a National - level event, of interest to the VASSAR and hosted by the NCSSAR, who will host a virtual ceremony via Zoom. Please register your attendance here. Sign in to Zoom starting at 2:00 PM 13 March 2021. The event will start at 3:00 PM. Please enter the number assigned and emailed to you on 12 March, with the link, in front of your name. Instructions will be included in the link. Registration Point of Contact is George Strunk, firstname.lastname@example.org, (919)778-8324. The Battle of Guilford Courthouse in North Carolina, on March 15, 1781, proved pivotal to the American 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. Weather: N/A Attendees: Bonner
March 12, 2021 Saturday (10 am) – Special Congress Location: Westfields Marriott, Chantilly, VA - registered delegates with credentials only Details: This is a National - level event, held for the purpose of considering changes to the NSSAR Constitution, Article VIII, to allow Congresses and Special Congresses by alternative means and defining alternative means. Weather: N/A Attendees: Bonner, Cook, Schwetke (Bill)
~ February 27, 2021 Saturday – 255th Commemoration of the 1766 Leedstown Resolutions Location: TBA Details: This is a Chapter - level event, hosted by the James Monroe Chapter, VASSAR. Weather: Attendees:
February 22nd, 2021 Monday (4 pm) – George Washington's Birthday and Reading of his Farewell Address Location: Culpeper Masonic Cemetery, 1012 N Main Street, Culpeper, VA 22701 Details: This is a Chapter- level event, hosted by the Culpeper Minutemen Chapter VASSAR. This observance is conducted near the graves of Gen'l Edward Stevens and Col John Jameson. For more information, please contact Chapter President Charles Jameson at email@example.com. Weather: Attendees: Carrigan, Cook, Corey, Daniel, Dennis, Jameson, Morris, Parmeter, Schwetke (Bill) and Weyler
February 20, 2021 Saturday (10 am) – 240th Commemoration of the Crossing of the Dan Location: Virtual Event Details: This is a National - level event, of interest to the VASSAR and hosted by the Dan River Chapter VASSAR. Following an American victory at the Battle of Cowpens in South Carolina in January 1781, General Nathanael Greene’s southern army outran British forces under Lord Cornwallis as both armies raced northward across the Carolinas. In what became known as the Race to the Dan, a few weeks later, on 14 February, 1781, became “The Crossing” when Greene’s army crossed the Dan River to safety near South Boston. The Crossing of the Dan became a turning point in the American Revolution, precipitating events that led to the British surrender at Yorktown. Weather: Attendees: Bonner, Branche, Callaway, Cook, Corey, Daniel, Fowlkes, Geisinger, Hall, Hamilton, Jameson, Kelly, Marlowe, Morris, O'Kelley, Osborn, Phillips, Potter, Roderick, Schwetke (Bill), and Weyler
February 15, 2021 Monday – George Washington Birthday Parade - CANCELED This year's parade is canceled due to COVID, however there are a number of smaller group and virtual events held. Visit http://washingtonbirthday.com/for more information. Location: Virtual Events Details: This is a Chapter - level event, organized by the George Washington Chapter VASSAR. Weather:
February 15, 2021 Monday – Tomb of the Unknown Soldier of the American Revolution - CANCELED This year's observance is canceled due to COVID, however there are a number of smaller group and virtual events held. Visit http://washingtonbirthday.com/for more information. Location: Virtual Events Details: This is a Chapter - level event, hosted by the Kate Waller Barrett Chapter VADAR. Weather: Attendees:
February 13, 2021 Saturday (10 am) - 242nd Commemoration of the Battle of Kettle Creek Location: Virtual Event Details: This is a National - level event, hosted by the GASSAR. In order to register as a wreath presenter or as a ceremony viewer on Zoom, please click on the Google Forms Link below and provide the requested information. You may also contact the event coordinator Ed Rigel, Historic Sites and Celebrations Committee, GASSAR, at (770) 757-6070 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org. The Battle of Kettle Creek fought on 14 February, 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: N/A Attendees: Bonner, Christensen, Cook, Corey, Daniel, Jameson, LaFlam, Morris, Osborn, Parmeter, Robinson (Clayton), Robinson (Marc), Schwetke (Bill), Simmons, and Thomas (Jeff)
February 6, 2021 Saturday – 131st Annual VASSAR Meeting on Zoom Location: Zoom Meeting, based out of the Omni Richmond 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 2021 - 2022 Officers and the Society's 101st President. Weather: N/A Attendees: Bonner
February 4, 2021 Thursday (7 pm) – VASSAR Color Guard Workshop Meeting on Zoom Location: Zoom Meeting - details emailed separately to registered participants Details: This is a State - level event, hosted by the VASSAR Color Guard during the Societies' 131st Annual Meeting. Weather: N/A Attendees: Bonner, Christensen, Coggins, Cook, Corey, Crain, Daniel, Eilts, Geisinger, Greaf, Hall, Jameson, Lynch, McKinley, Melhuish, Morris, Osborn, Parmerter, Phillips, Pridgen, Robinson (Marc), Roth, Schwetke (Bill), Schwetke (Doug), and Weyler
January 30, 2021 Saturday (10:00 - 11:30 am) - 240th Commemoration of the Battle of Cowen's Ford (Note - the new issue of SAR Color Guardsman Magazine publishes the date of 1 Feburary, however NCSSAR and sponsoring Mecklenburg Chapter have scheduled for 30 January - if this changes, I will update Dispatches) Location: Virtual Event - via Zoom Details: This is a National - level event, hosted by the Mecklenburg Chapter NCSSAR. Please visit https://www.ncssar.org/event/zoom-240th-anniversary-of-the-battle-of-cowans-ford/ by 24 January, 2021 to RSVP for participation and wreath presentations. The Zoom link for this event is https://us02web.zoom.us/j/85246573418?pwd=VklrV1NkVzZZTXBpOE92WXFGUUV2Zz09, and will open for attendees to join at 9:30 am. You may also contact Joe Culik at email@example.com if you have any questions. The Battle of Cowan's Ford 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: N/A Attendees: Bonner, Cook, Corey, Hall, Hamilton, Robinson (Marc)
January 17, 2021 Sunday (1 pm) - 240th Commemoration of the Battle of Cowpens Location: Virtual Event - via Cowpens National Battlefield Facebook Page Details: This is a National - level event, of interest to the VASSAR and hosted by the Daniel Morgan Chapter SCSSAR. The deadline for registration for inclusion of names scrolled on the Facebook page is 31 December, 2020. I believe the Facebook site is https://www.facebook.com/CowpensNationalBattlefield. Please see the attached invitation below. The Battle of Cowpens was an engagement during the American Revolutionary War fought on 17 January, 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: N/A Attendees: Bonner, Christensen, Cook, Corey, Daniel, Englebright, Hall, Hamilton, Osborn, Parmeter, Poe, Robinson (Marc), Simmons