The 9th Annual
Margaretta Days Festival sponsored by the Machias Historical
Society will be held on the Mall area of the University of Maine
at Machias on June 15, 2013 from 10 am to 3 pm, coinciding with
250th birthday celebration of Machias.
Margaretta Days celebrates the
American Revolution Downeast, specifically the Battle of the
Margaretta, - first Naval Battle of the American Revolution
and beginning of the US Merchant Marines- and the Battle of the
Rim – when the British returned for revenge.
Named one of Yankee Magazine’s
2010 Top 20 Events - - we take you back in time to life in 1775.
History comes alive with an encampment of soldier re-enactors
and period demonstrations. We have had a skirmish or two
between the redcoats and the settlers. Trappers, timber
framers, blacksmiths, woodworkers, weavers, even tomahawk
throwers have joined us. We have period activities and
games for children and an antler toss contest for children and
adults. You may taste period food, moose or venison stew,
beans, pies, etc. Enjoy the University of Maine Ukulele
Band, listen to Don Ross’ storytelling, watch Passamaquoddy
dancers and drummers, meet heroes of the Battles, Jeremiah
O’Brien, Hannah Weston, Rev. Lyons. Hear the story of the
Battle of the Rim, partake in a Passamaquoddy smudging ceremony
and/or an inter-denominational colonial church service.
Last, but not least, you can shop
contemporary artists and crafters. Some of our past
participants have sold such items as salts, teas, embroidered
quilts, soaps, jellies, Native American baskets, jewelry,
painted feathers, books, birch roses, watercolors, rugs, canoes,
doll clothes, and dog collars.
Area historical societies answer
questions, help with genealogy and sell items for fundraisers.
Every year the festivities begin
with a 10:00 parade consisting of a color guard by the Sons of
the American Revolution, Soldier Re-enactors, Native Americans,
Acadia Frontiersmen, drum and fife, horses and riders, Machias
High School JMG’s replicas of the Margaretta and Unity ships,
and patriot re-enactors. Every year brings surprises as
when the Massachusetts Sons of American Revolution came to honor
the Revolutionary War patriots of the Watts family in this area.
Last year was our first Pancake Breakfast at the Machias Grange
Hall sponsored by the Bee Hive.
The same day Machias’ historic
Burnham Tavern Museum will be open from 12 noon to 4 p.m. for a
small admission fee. Docents in colonial dress will be on
hand to welcome visitors on tours. The ‘Tavern’ is the oldest
building in eastern Maine and the only one with a Revolutionary
War history for it was to Burnham Tavern that the British
wounded were taken following the Battle of the Margaretta.
History, food, games, shopping!
Fun for the whole family and admission to the Festival is free!
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