Media Contact: Sue Kaufmann
Crossroads of the American Revolution National Heritage Area
LOCAL HISTORY TO COME TO LIFE AS SOMERSET PATRIOTS BASEBALL GETS REVOLUTIONARY ON JUNE 14
Flag Day Revolutionary Spirit Night to Feature Colonial-Era Reenactors, Games and More
BRIDGEWATER, NJ - Baseball fans will be transported to Colonial-era New Jersey on Tuesday June 14 as the Somerset Patriots celebrate Revolutionary Spirit night against the York Revolution at TD Bank Park in Bridgewater.
Attendees at the 7:05 p.m. game will be welcomed to step into the past with hands-on demonstrations and conversations with costumed reenactors representing New Jersey historic sites and interpreter groups in Morris, Somerset, Union and Camden Counties. The night is co-sponsored by the Somerset Patriots and Crossroads of the American Revolution National Heritage Area.
"New Jersey's Revolutionary heritage is all around us, and what better way to share it than to bring it to America's favorite pastime on Flag Day?" said Noreen Bodman, Crossroads' executive director. "The Somerset Patriots have embraced the spirit and we're thrilled to partner with them to make this a truly historic night, in more ways than one."
Attendees will be greeted by a Revolutionary troop encampment and cannon demonstration as they arrive at the ball park. The first 500 fans through the turnstiles will receive a Crossroads of the American Revolution flag. Throughout the game, Molly Pitcher and other costumed personalities from the Revolutionary War will meet and greet fans on the ball park's concourse.
Demonstrations and hands-on exhibits will also include:
Musket fire and drills by Outwater's Militia (Central New Jersey)
Colonial artifacts from Raritan Landing, courtesy of East Jersey Old Town (Piscataway).
Reenactors in Colonial-period dress from the Heritage Trail Association (Bridgewater).
Colonial games and an "authentic" Continental soldier from Morristown National Historical Park (Morristown).
Colonial "dress up" photo ops for kids, quill pen writing and games from Liberty Hall Museum (Union).
Coloring station and flag star cutting with Indian King Tavern (Haddonfield).
Colonial crafts with NJ History Alive.
Games and costumed reenactors from Caldwell Parsonage and the Union Township Historical Society. (Union)
Quill pen giveaway and an opportunity to sign the Declaration of Independence with the Jacobus Vanderveer House (Bedminster).
Tickets for the game are available through the Somerset Patriots website
www.somersetpatriots.com, or by calling (908) 252-0700.
Established by the U.S. Congress in 2006, Crossroads of the American Revolution National Heritage Area promotes a greater understanding of Revolutionary-era historical sites and landscapes in New Jersey. Working with Morristown National Historical Park and partners throughout the state, Crossroads connects the people and places of New Jersey's rich Revolutionary heritage to inspire community pride, stewardship and civic engagement. For more information, visit Crossroads' web site at www.revolutionarynj.org.