History on the Hoof Programs
Stacy's Programs * David's
Programs * John’s Programs
"REVOLUTIONARY TEA:" (formerly titled Totally Tea) Why
was tea so important in the lives of 18th century people that fashion-conscious
families posed for portraits with their tea sets? Did Great Britain lose
her American Colonies over "the cup that cheers?" Find out in
this unusual costumed presentation of tea lore, history, songs, poetry,
living history display and demonstration. Presenter Stacy Roth can work
with your organization to turn Revolutionary Tea into a tea tasting or
18th century tea party.
“SOLDIERS WITHOUT GUNS:” WOMEN DEFENSE WORKERS IN WWII:"
The setting: It is 1943 and your organization is hosting a
meeting to promote “war work” for women. Hear a testimonial from Rosie
Niemiec (historical interpreter Stacy Flora Roth), a housewife who
decided to do her bit for the war effort (and surprise her husband) by
taking a job as a welder in a shipyard. This unique presentation features
a character monologue, a display of period artifacts and ephemera, a
discussion of women’s participation on the homefront,
and an invitation to the audience to share memories, memorabilia, and
personal and family stories of the Second World War.
"MOTHER, the QUEEN of MY HEART:" A TRIBUTE TO MOTHER
IN SONG, POETRY, and PROSE. Join historical interpreter Stacy
Flora Roth for a sampling of musical pieces and readings across the ages
that are dedicated to the most important woman in our lives, our Mother.
Bring yourself, your children, your mother -- and memories to share. (This program is currently on
"THE DISTAFF MUSE:" What qualities
define the 18th Century Woman? Virtue? Piety? Gentility? Spirit? Wit?
Fortitude? Resignation? Passion? Historical interpreter Stacy F. Roth
explores the private thoughts and popular image of women of the 18th
century through songs, quotations, poetry and prose. In this unique
presentation from a revolving repertoire, audiences will visit with humble
heroines, brave Amazons, wise wits, and warriors in disguise. Come,
be amused with the distaff muse.
"OVER HERE, MOLLY PITCHER:" A dramatic presentation
highlighting the lives of women who "belonged to the army"
during the American Revolution. "Molly" reminisces about the
days when she accompanied her husband through summer battles and winter
encampments from Valley Forge to Monmouth to Morristown. Relating her
tales of firing a cannon in the heat of battle to trudging "behind
the baggage," she provides a glimpse into what it was like to be a
"camp follower" in the days when American Independence was a
dream rather than a certainty. Participatory artillery drill, too! Adult
and elementary school versions.
"COLONIAL FROLICK: EARLY AMERICAN SONGS, SINGING GAMES, AND
MORE:" Stacy Roth and folksinger Bob Dupre present their
favorite rhymes, riddles, rounds, ditties, and dances from the 17th to
early 19th centuries. Lots of audience participation. For kids, their
parents, and their grandparents!
NEW in 2017! “SONGS OF THE
REVOLUTIONARY ERA” Bombardments! Battles! Patriotism! Soldiers
and Sailors! Brave Lasses! Sheep! (Yes, an occasional sheep!) Folk
singers Stacy Flora Roth and Bob Dupre explore the Yankees' side of the
American Revolution through songs, ballads, odes and hymns of the
“GOOD OLD COLONY TIMES:” A HUMOROUS – AND PERHAPS OCCASIONALLY
SOBER – LOOK AT ISSUES THAT FASCINATED FOLKS OF EARLY AMERICA. Join
historical interpreter and balladeer Stacy Roth for
songs and anecdotes celebrating love, courtship, marriage, sex, work,
current events, and politics in the 17th and 18th
centuries. This program can be customized to various themes: all American
Revolution, all humorous songs, etc. Presented in the attire of the
FIFE AND DRUM:
Revolutionary War and general repertoire available for festivals, event
"DAVID MACCAFFREY, THE SHANNACHIE OF GLENDUNBUNN
BALLYBEGG:" The wit and wisdom, humor and horror, and
hubris and humanity of a people are found in their traditional stories.
Compelling storyteller David Emerson retells (and embroiders) the
colorful and ancient tales of Ireland, Scotland, Wales, and Cornwall in a
presentation that will "warm, tickle, or chill the heart."
"DAVID MACCAFFREY, THE SHANNACHIE OF GLENDUNBUNN BALLYBEGG:
SPOOKY TALES" Did you know the Celts invented Halloween?
Long before Christianity made it to Ireland's misty shores, the native
Celtic people celebrated the 31st of October as the eve of Samhain, a
time when the boundaries of our world and the 'Otherworld' are at their
thinnest and all manner of spirits, spectres,
fairies and fell creatures are free to roam the mortal realm. Join
storyteller David MacCaffrey, the "Shannachie of Glenndunbun Ballybegg" as he tells traditional and modern
Irish tales of terror. Drawing on the ancient folkways and legends of the
people who practically invented horror his stories present a macabre
menagerie of ghosts and ghouls, devils and demons, banshees and beasties
and things that go bump in the night. A perfect way to start our favorite
CHRISTMAS AND MIDWINTER STORIES Anecdotes about the
origins of holiday customs, the Victorian "invention" of modern
Christmas, the popularity of the Christmas tree, and traditional tales
about "the most wonderful time of the year" are among the
topics presented by David in an hour of holiday storytelling.
GEORGE WASHINGTON for your CELEBRATION?: David
Emerson portrays the Revolutionary War General for special events. David has
been customizing his interpretation to the needs of 225th Anniversary of
the American Revolution commemorations. He has appeared as “His
Excellency” at the battles of Trenton, Princeton, & Monmouth, the
Middlebrook encampment, and more.
David was featured as George Washington in New Jersey Network's "Ten
“GEORGE WASHINGTON REMEMBERS NEW JERSEY” George Washington was no stranger to New Jersey. From Trenton to
Princeton to Morristown to Monmouth to Middlebrook, (and more), the
General spent more time here than in any other state. Join General
Washington (portrayed by David Emerson) as he reminisces about his
brightest and darkest moments during the battles and encampments of the
“Cockpit of the Revolution.”
NEW! “GEORGE WASHINGTON: IN HIGH SPIRITS” George Washington was the commander in
chief of the Continental Army, and as first president, the father of his
country. But did you know he was also one of the leading distillers in
the new nation? Join living history interpreter David Emerson as he
portrays George Washington discussing his involvement with the spirits of
his age. Topics will include Washington’s foray into the commercial
distilling of whiskey and corn liquor, and experiments with viniculture
and home brewing. Hear about his favorite wines, champagnes, and other
beverages and enjoy anecdotes about some of his favorite watering holes
in Philadelphia, New Jersey, New York, Virginia, and other points in
"THE TALL TALES OF DAVY CROCKETT AND LIES OF THE MOUNTAIN
MEN:" Come share the adventures of the rugged
trappers and traders who tamed the wilderness beyond the Appalachian
Mountains. Brave the hardships, hazards and heartbreaks of the way West!
Storyteller David Emerson, in the guise of
frontiersman-politician-raconteur Davy Crockett, recounts humorous,
terrifying, and heroic tales that "you can't hardly tell the truth
about without lying."
"STRANGER AMONG SAINTS: STEPHEN HOPKINS OF THE
MAYFLOWER:" Stephen Hopkins was no Saint (as the
separatist founders of Plimoth Colony referred
to their congregation, the Church of Saints), but his previous experience
in the New World made him a useful and respected member of the group of
New England settlers popularly known as "the Pilgrims." Find
out about the politics, religion, economics, Native American relations,
and social life of the first permanent settlement in New England from his
"…and six and two-thirds dollars per month on account of pay": The
founding fathers fought for freedom, the officers for honor; but what
motivated the common soldier? Historical interpreter David Emerson, as
recruiting sergeant David MacCaffrey, presents
an enlisted man's-eye view of the American Revolution.
"GREASY LUCK:" Meet Leland Emerson, captain of the whaling
ship Sarah Ann in the year 1843. Find out about life at sea, including
encounters with the infamous "Mocha Dick."
“THE LURE AND LORE OF LIQUOR: TAVERN BEVERAGES OF THE
AMERICAN REVOLUTION” Many people know that our Revolution was
fomented in the famous taverns of Colonial America – City Tavern of
Philadelphia, Boston’s Green Dragon, and the Raleigh in Williamsburg. But
other than politics, what was fueling the debates between the Sons of
Liberty or the Virginia Burgesses? Join historian and mixologist
(yes, indeed) David Emerson in a lively exploration of Colonial drinking
customs. The talk will include 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.”
“MEET BENJAMIN FRANKLIN” Walkaround
and meet and greet character for special events, festivals, and more.
“THE FIGHTING MAN IN THE GREAT WAR” Reenactor and military collector John Niemiec grew up reading
about the exploits of doughboys and early military aviators, sparking a
life-long fascination with the Great War. Mr. Niemiec will discuss a
brief history of the events that led to the “war to end all wars” and
will display examples of the uniforms and equipment of US and German
combatants, along with other memorabilia of the conflict.
Christmas Carols * Tavern Songs *
Songs of the Sea
"SPICED PUNCH:" Quartet with David, Stacy, and
musicians and puppeteers Tom & Marianne Tucker. Costumed performance
of Victorian (and earlier) Christmas Songs, Colonial Tavern Ditties, and
Sea Songs of all periods -- in appropriate historical dress. Our programs
can include anecdotes and introductions of musical selections, if
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Stacy F. Roth / B. David Emerson
P.O. Box 421
Burlington, NJ 08016
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