In September 2018, Stacy was appointed
coordinator of the newly formed Washington Crossing Fifes and Drums of
Washington Crossing Historic Park, Washington Crossing, PA. The corps,
which began practices in January 2019, welcomes members of all musical
levels, aged 10 through adult. Stacy manages the practices on two
Saturdays and two Wednesdays each month and provides music programming on
several other dates throughout the year. (2/4/2019)
Bob Dupre and Stacy Roth now have a name for
their duo: LIBERTY TREE! (7/14/2018)
Stacy presented hands-on sessions on
Revolutionary War armies’ use of drum and fife (with hands-on drumming)
for school groups visiting Washington Crossing Historical Park
(Washington Crossing, PA) on six of their special “Colonial Days” in May
and June 2018. These were a great success! Children learned drum signals,
accompanied Stacy on tunes, and practiced their fife embouchure.
Dave is now presenting Benjamin Franklin
programs as walkaround or as formal presentations of various lengths. He
recently spent a day at a local elementary school and will be strolling
the grounds of Morven (Princeton, NJ) on July 4, 2016 from noon-3. (5/7/2016)
Stacy has been working with several different
drummers on fife and drum bookings over the past few years. In 2016, she
also began organizing fife and drum “jams” (focusing on 18th
century tunes) at Washington Crossing Historic Park in Washington Crossing,
PA. The group is called “Washington Crossing Area Fifers and Drummers.”
Get-togethers are organized via a private Facebook page. Contact Stacy
for more information on either activity. (3/10/2016)
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, see www.friendsofmonmouth.org .
was interviewed by Christine Retz for the Winter 2014 issue of The Link,
the newsletter of the Raritan-Millstone Heritage Alliance 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)
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! http://em.gmnews.com/news/2013-06-12/Front_Page/History_envelops_professional_reenactor.html
(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)
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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
(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 New Jersey for the
Humanities' Horizons Speakers Bureau web page. and see
our PROGRAMS page for descriptions of the
above programs. (April 12, 2012)
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. www.howellfarm.org. 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 here.
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,
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: http://njstorynet.org/wpnjstory/wpcontent/uploads/2011/02/11StoryFestBroch1.pdf
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 Grounds for 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 NJ Storynet in cooperation
with the Folk Project. 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 / firstname.lastname@example.org.
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
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... (4/3/09)
"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
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.
on the Hoof
Stacy F. Roth / B. David Emerson
P.O. Box 421
Burlington, NJ 08016
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 Griscom.
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