Fife and Drum Corps Hosts Annual Tattoo and Muster

April showers bring May flowers and the Revolutionary Revelry May Day celebration saw some of each. Rains delayed the event, but couldn’t dampen spirits. Revelers planted May Day baskets, made paper flowers and enjoyed a traditional May Pole.

En Pleine Aire enjoyed fine weather Saturday as artists and visitors met along the bike path. Artists drew inspiration from local architecture, nature and a few DPW surprises.

The Park Your Art Auction held at the Hadley DPW Building Saturday night highlighted pieces created that day. Eight works were auctioned to a lively crowd. Live jazz and refreshments rounded out the evening.

Proceeds will benefit the construction of Antony Park here in Lexington. The park will be a tribute to the two towns longtime friendship. Several years ago Antony created Place de le Lexington.

The William Diamond Junior Fife and Drum Corps celebrated its 11th Annual Tattoo and Muster on May 4 and 5. Thirty corps from all over the Northeast performed.

On Friday evening there was a short tattoo, followed by a jam session. A tattoo is a small concert featuring select fife and drum corps.

Saturday found the Corps stepping off for a parade from historic Lexington Battle Green to the muster field at Lower Hayden Fields. There visitors enjoyed a day full of music, history, and entertainment. Provincial and British re-enactors set up camp offering a view of 18th century life. Watch for the Corps first CD of traditional Fife and Drum music, 300 Years of Music from the Lexington Green.

For information about the corps and its activities, please visit their website at williamdiamondjrs.org.

 

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May 2012 Revolutionary Revelry

Do you have plans for the month of May? You will now because of Revolutionary Revelry! Starting May 1st through May 31st the 2nd annual Revolutionary Revelry celebrating history, arts, shopping, dining, and recreation is happening. Why travel far when Lexington, which is in your own backyard, can offer you and your family fun activities, shopping, unique dining experiences, an opportunity to learn more about our history, and even bring out your artistic side. There will be something for everyone!

Looking for a unique mix of history and music? Kick off the month on May 1st at our May Day Celebration with activities for kids. Last year May Pole dancing to Patriotic music was a huge hit and will once again be part of the celebration. Be sure not to miss the 11th annual Fife & Drum Tattoo and the fife & Drum Parade & Muster which is a colonial music concert organized by The William Diamond Jr. fife and Drum Corps. Lexington will celebrate International Tap Dance Day with spontaneous performances of the classic shimsham shimmy, accompanied by the William Diamond Jr. Fife and Drum Corps followed by “Tap into History” on the lawn at the Visitors Center. Everyone is invited to bring a picnic lunch and settle in for a toe-tapping celebration presented by Dance Inn Productions. The Wednesday night Colonial Community sings are back in Depot Square – bring your family and friends, eat downtown, then come sing along with us – songbooks will be provided.

For a special historical treat “Paul Revere’s Trolley Ride” will recount the exciting events of April 19, 1775 followed with a reading of the “Midnight Ride of Paul Revere” by Christopher Bing who will enchant you with his stories of how he gained exclusive access to the tower where the bells hung in the Old North Church and what it takes to illustrate a historic book. Rumor has it that he will autograph his book as well!

Do you prefer some recreation? If so, join us for our two Bicycle Tours sponsored by Ride Studio Cafe. They will be easy paced rides exploring some of Lexington’s past through visits to conservation lands, olds farms, and bike paths. New this year are conservation walks including a Tropical Bird Walk, and a chance for kids of all ages to join “Lex Fly a Kite.” Golfers can enjoy “Patriots Pitch & Putt” at Stone Meadow or “Lex Tee it Up” at Pine Meadows.

Is food your thing? There is something for you. Make your reservations as Nourish will again host the popular “Wild Edible Walk.” This year we will host the “Lexington Battle Green BBQ Festival” which will include demonstrations, and a cooking contest. The Farmer’s Market will open and our own flat rate restaurant day known as “International Fare” will once again be a great opportunity to try a new cuisine.

Spend some time shopping during “La Musique en Fête.” Lexington will be transformed into a French marketplace with musicians, French merchandise, and special entertainment. To cap off the day, Berman Liquor will host a special French wine tasting, leaving plenty of time for you to enjoy dinner at a local restaurant. Head to Crafty Yankee for an American Jewelry Trunk Show. Ladies, do you need a night out? Join us at Sweet Beads you can create your own necklace, bracelet, or earrings. Husbands and children looking for a way to honor mothers might consider the “Liberty Belle of the Day” gift package. Elephant’s Trunk will have special Thursday afternoon story hours. Explore the many stores throughout town.

For those who love the arts, Lexington Open Studios will again take place with 78 artists participating in studios throughout the Town over two days. Plan to come to “Park Your Art” exhibit and art auction in its unique setting at the Samuel Hadley Public Facilities Building garage. Proceeds will benefit the building of Antony Park in honor of our Sister City of Antony, France. There will also be art shows at the Arts & Crafts Society, and an Art Conversation at Cary Library.

Memorial Day weekend will feature Discovery Day which is a great time to learn about businesses and organizations with whom you might not be familiar. In addition food, entertainment, and musical performances will be part of the day. The annual Memorial Day parade and ceremonies will take place on Monday morning. The month will end with our Capstone Family Picnic on May 31st. Plan to spend that evening with your friends and neighbors. Bring your dinner but save room for Rancatore’s Ice Cream!

With all of this and some special surprises to come, mark your calendars and spend the month lingering in Lexington as a tourist in your own Town. Calendars can be picked up at the Visitors Center, and will be distributed in April. For updated information on location and events, check out www.tourlexington.us and click on the Revolutionary Revelry logo. If you would like to be added to the email list for events during the year write: info@tourlexington. us See you in May!!!

 

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