Wednesday, June 20, 2012

War of 1812 Bicentenial & Jane Austen Weekend

Please join us this weekend to commemorate the bicentennial of the War of 1812 and revel in the fashions of the Jane Austen Era.

Two hundred years ago, New Yorkers from throughout the Rochester, Finger Lakes and Genesee region hastily assembled volunteer militia units to invade British Canada in 1812.
Eclipsed by the bloodshed of the Civil War, and often overlooked in the aftermath of two World Wars, the “Forgotten” War of 1812 is revisited on its Bicentennial at Genesee Country Village & Museum, Saturday and Sunday, June 23-24.
The weekend’s activities include:
  • Morning Parade & Flag Raising on the Village Square
  • Fashion Shows: Military Uniforms and Jane Austen style dresses
  • Live target shooting with muskets & artillery
  • Jane Austen dance demonstration by the English Country Dancers of Rochester (Saturday only)
  • Skillful craftspeople showcasing their talents in tailoring, medicine and apothecary
  • Tactical demonstrations and militia drills
  • Native Americans' role in the war
  • Genesee Harmonic Society concert featuring patriotic music (Sunday only)
NEW for 2012! - Join our Jane Austen Tea Party
Enjoy a relaxing cup of the 19th century’s finest tea while you chat about Jane Austen’s books with a rabid fan, and nibble on dainty tea cakes made according to 19th-century receipts (recipes). Imagine yourself a society debutante waited on by a servant and using the best china and linen the Village has to offer! This exclusive tea takes place on June 23 and 24 at 3pm both days.
  • Due to the intimate nature of the setting, seating is limited to 8 people per day.
  • Tickets are $10 per person (in addition to museum admission) and are pre-purchase only.

The War of 1812 Bicentennial & Jane Austen Weekend is sponsored in part by the New York Council for the Humanities.

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