Stacy and the Friends
of Monmouth Battlefield have been awarded a minigrant
from the New Jersey Historical Commission for 10
additional days of Molly Pitcher programs at Monmouth
Battlefield State Park in Manalapan, NJ. Many of these
programs are in conjunction with complementary living
history activities and tours. The dates are on our
calendar. To see the entire
2014 schedule of the Friends of Monmouth Battlefield,
www.friendsofmonmouth.org . (2/14/2014)
David was interviewed
by Christine Retz for the Winter 2014 issue of The Link,
the newsletter of the Raritan-Millstone Heritage
www.raritanmillstone.org in anticipation of his
presentation on February 9. It was a very thorough
discussion of why George Washington is such a
fascinating historical figure to portray. (2/1/2014)
Stacy was recently
interviewed by gmnews.com about her life as a historical
interpreter and reenactor. An article incorporating the
interview was published in a number of central New
Jersey newspapers (including the Sentinel of
Edison) on June 12. Follow this link to see it!
(14 June 2013)
"Mother the Queen of My Heart" has
turned out to be a sweet little program appropriate for
occasions other than Mother's Day. The show includes
songs and stories about personalities that many remember
first hand! We're considering offering it at other times
of the year. This program is appropriate for women's
clubs, senior organizations, and similar groups of 15-50
people. SPECIAL OFFER: Stacy has a couple of
openings during the last week of June (midweek only). If
your group is located in our home area (Northern
Burlington Co. / Mercer Co. Western Monmouth) and you
book during that week, you can save approx. $50 over our
usual honorarium. (28 May 2013)
Our webhosting provider is in the
process of changing hands. Our historyonthehoof.com
email is not getting through to us. Please use
historyonthehoof AT verizon.net until the problem is
corrected. Thank you. (3/28/2013)
In the middle of an impending
nor'easter, it is hard to believe that Spring is just
around the corner. Dave and Stacy are preparing for
another season of presentations.
Stacy is happy to announce that she'll
be accepting bookings throughout the year, including the
summer, with the exception of a few clusters of days
here and there for various family events. (Feb 12-March
8 are unavailable as Stacy assists her mom with a move.)
Several slots are still available for
Women's history programs in March (after the 8th).
Now is a good time to book "Mother, the
Queen of My Heart," which is only offered in early May.
It seems odd to think about Christmas
just after the summer solstice, however, if you are
seeking stories or carolers for December programming,
NOW is a good time to contact us about David's Christmas
Stories or our Quartet Spiced Punch, now in our 20th
year of historical caroling.
When July 4 rings in the end of the
Spring 2012 season, Stacy will be taking a 12 week
hiatus to attend to personal and family affairs.
Bookings for "Over Here Molly Pitcher" will be accepted
for programs starting in mid-October 2012, those for
"Soldiers Without Guns: Women Defense Workers of WWII"
beginning in November, and "Revolutionary Tea" in
December." Another hiatus is planned for the typically
slow season of January and February, with programs
commencing again in March 2013.
This break does not affect David's
schedule. Contact us for Irish Stories, George
Washington, Davy Crockett, or his program on 18th
Century Tavern Beverages.
(added June 27, 2012)
Stacy's program about women defense
workers in WWII - "Soldiers Without Guns" has
been added to the roster of offerings of the New Jersey
Council for the Humanities' Horizons Speakers Bureau,
joining "Revolutionary Tea" and "Over Here
Molly Pitcher." This is a grant funded way to book
one of these programs (or one of the many other fine
programs in their catalog) for your non-profit
organization. Organizations that meet certain
criteria may join the Speakers Bureau for a $50 fee
and choose one program per year from the Bureau (based
on availability of the speaker). Three of David
Emerson's programs -- "The Shannachie of Glendunbunn
Ballybegg," "Greasy Luck (stories of a 19th Century
whalerman)" and "Stranger Among Saints: Stephen
Hopkins of the Mayflower" are also available through
the Council. Funds are very limited and memberships fill
up quickly. For more information, visit the
for the Humanities' Horizons Speakers Bureau web page.
and see our PROGRAMS
page for descriptions of the above programs. (April 12,
It is with great sadness that Stacy
relates the passing of her father, Richard N. Roth, an
Air Force veteran of WWII, who took his final flight on
March 19, 2011. This was followed by the death of
Stacy's Aunt Evelyn, who was a WAVE during the War. As a
consequence of these events, Stacy is a bit behind with
History on the Hoof paperwork and has had to make some
adjustments in her performance schedule.
In the works - a public event featuring
WWII living history exhibits and displays coupled with a
big band concert in honor of her father, who was
passionate about jazz and swing music. The date
is November 13, 2011, 12-4pm. Location: Howell Living
History Farm, 70 Woodens Lane, Lambertville, NJ.
The event will open with exhibits by groups including
the Army Air Forces Historical Association, the 45th
Infantry (recreated), Len Enourato's WWII Museum, and
Rob Flory (radio equipment). From 2-4 pm, we will
feature a concert by the Full Count Big Band. There will
be floor space available for dancing. Download a flier
David's Shannachie of Glendunbunn
Ballybeg will be featured at two unique festivals this
month: The first, on March 6, 2011 is a day-long Gael
Scoil for young people interested in Celtic Culture. In
addition to stories by David and fellow storyteller Tom
Slattery, attendees will learn about traditional Celtic
music, Celtic foodways, Celtic culture. The Scoil
takes place from 8:30am to 3pm in Lawrenceville, NJ.
Enrollment is required. For information, see
http://www.aohdiv10.org/gaelscoil . The event is
sponsored by the Ancient Order of Hibernians, Division
10, Hamilton, NJ.
David's Shannachie of Glendunbunn
Ballybeg tales will "warm, tickle, and chill the heart"
for two identical sessions at the 5th Annual
Storytelling Festival of World Music and Story at the
County College of Morris, Randolph, NJ on March 20,
2011. Come hear tales to "warm, tickle, or chill the
heart." Download the festival brochure from
the New Jersey Storynet:
Effective immediately, History on the
Hoof has an email address at our own domain. The new
address is info AT historyonthehoof.com.
Our old address, historyonthehoof AT verizon.net will
continue to be active for a while. Please update your
address book with the new one. (1/3/2010)
David and Stacy will both be
among the featured performers at the 18th Annual New
Jersey Storytelling Festival at the
Sculpture, Fairgrounds Road, Hamilton, NJ on
Sunday, September 12, 2010. The event, which will take
place come rain or come shine, runs from noon to 6pm.
Stacy will relate tales of following the Continental
Army during the American Revolution with anecdotes from
her program "Over Here Molly Pitcher" (1pm adult stage)
and David will tell stories in the personage of his
blarney-hurling "Shannachie of Glendunnbun Ballybeg"
(4pm general stage). The festival is organized by
storytellers Carol Titus and Ken Gallipeau of
in cooperation with the
For more information and directions, visit the
websites of NJ
Storynet or the
Grounds for Sculpture, or call or email the
latter at 609 586-0616 /
email@example.com. The event is free with
general admission to the Park. Special storytelling
workshops are available in the morning by registration
only (with fee). (8/18/2010)
Dave recently completed a course in
Mixology! For the past several years, he has
presented workshops on historic beverages for private
clients. Now, he announces a formal title for his
program: "The Lure and Lore of Liquor: Tavern
Beverages of the American Revolution."
The program answers the age old question "What was
fueling the debates between the Sons of Liberty or the
Virginia Burgesses?" His presentation includes
discussion of the various types of beverages available
to the 18th Century tavern tippler, how they
were made, and even some recipes that you can try on
your own (if you dare). Discover our forefathers’
alternative to the modern Mohito and Martini, and what
Ben Franklin considered “The Proof of God’s Love.”
Stacy announces a new program,
"Mother the Queen of My Heart:" A tribute to Mother in
Song, Poetry, and Prose. The program features musical
pieces and readings from historical to modern. Audience
members are invited to share their own memories, too.
Filled with love, humor, and, of course, sentiment. The
show makes it's grand debut at East Jersey Olde Town in
Piscataway, NJ on Mothers Day. (See our calendar
listings to reserve a seat.) Bring yourself, your
Mother, your children, and your memories...
"Are you married?" Folks often ask us if we are
husband and wife. "No, but we play them on TV," we like
to say. Stacy and Dave began performing occasionally
together in 1992, and launched History on the Hoof
in 1996 In 2008, Stacy married John Niemiec of
Fairless Hills, PA, a military history enthusiast and
reenactor of many different time periods. If you
hear of Stacy Flora Roth, Stacy Flora Roth-Niemiec and
Stacy Roth Niemiec, they are one in the same person.
Stacy has named her new defense worker character "Rose
Helen Niemiec" in honor of her new husband. It's
pronounced "NIMIK," btw.
Would you like occasional periodic
updates of our new programs and upcoming appearances?
Please send us an email.
History on the Hoof to appear
at the Spirit of the Jersey's State History Fair.
Stacy and David will be performing as Molly Pitcher and
George Washington at the annual
Spirit of the Jerseys State History Fair, Saturday, May 2,
2009 at Washington Crossing State Park, Titusville, NJ.
The New Jersey History-themed Fair features character
interpreters, displays by reenactment organizations,
historical societies and museums, antique automobiles,
historical food demonstrations, radio theater, music and
dance performances, and much more from distant to modern
times in the State's past. This is a one of the best
living history events anywhere, great for families, and
there is currently NO ADMISSION. It is HUGE. Wear
comfortable walking wear.
History on the Hoof
Stacy F. Roth / B. David Emerson
P.O. Box 421
Burlington, NJ 08016
email: historyonthehoof AT verizon.net
Photo credits: Stacy with
teacup by Andrew Wilkinson of Wilkinson Media, "David
MacCaffrey" by Stacy Roth, "Rose Helen Niemiec, Welder"
by John Niemiec, David as George Washington by Tim
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