History on the Hoof Programs
Stacy's Programs * David's Programs
"OVER HERE, MOLLY PITCHER:" This interpretive storytelling program relates the legend of “Molly
Pitcher” (Mary Hays McCauley), the heroine of the 1778 Battle of Monmouth
Courthouse – and explores the daily lives of the “women of the army” who
followed their husbands to war 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 a certainty. Participatory artillery drill,
too! Adult and elementary school versions.
“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, together known as “LIBERTY TREE,” explore the Yankees' side of the American
Revolution through songs, ballads, odes and
hymns of the day.
NEW FOR DECEMBER 2021! “SING LUSTILY OF WINTER: A GARLAND OF
SEASONAL SONGS” with LIBERTY TREE (Stacy Roth and Bob Dupre).
Join Bob and Stacy for a set of songs relating to events and customs of
wintertime throughout the ages. Includes a few light nods to Christmas,
but the overall emphasis is secular.
"COLONIAL FROLICK: EARLY AMERICAN SONGS, SINGING GAMES, AND
MORE:" Stacy Roth and folksinger Bob Dupre, together
known as “LIBERTY TREE,”
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!
FIFE AND DRUM:
Revolutionary War and general repertoire available for festivals, event
"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.
(Program currently on hiatus.)
"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
“MEET BENJAMIN FRANKLIN” Walkaround
and meet and greet character for special events, festivals, and more.
"…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.”
Songs of the Revolutionary Era and Colonial Period
LIBERTY TREE – the duo of Bob Dupre
and Stacy Roth delight audiences with songs of the Revolutionary Era and
wider Colonial to Early Federal period with close harmonies, anecdotes,
and the occasional playful prop.
Christmas Carols * Tavern Songs *
Songs of the Sea
"SPICED PUNCH:" Quartet with David Emerson, Denise
Gealer, 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.
Programs can include anecdotes and introductions of musical selections,
on the Hoof
Stacy F. Roth / B. David Emerson
P.O. Box 421
Burlington, NJ 08016
historyonthehoof AT verizon.net
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