12/01/2011

Weekend Premiere Event: 37TH ANNUAL BRITISH NIGHT WATCH



Friday: 2nd December 2011

4:00 PM Opening Ceremony – "Traitors to the Crown" 
The British Night Watch Opening Ceremony will showcase the zeal and loyalty of the Garrison in 1776 St. Augustine, when upon receiving news of the Declaration of Independence, townsfolk gathered to declare their featly to George III and to protest by hoisting effigies of John Hancock and Sam Adams, which were then paraded in the Plaza.  Join our assembly in the Plaza to hear the news of the rebellious countrymen in northern colonies.  Redcoats will be on alert to quell any dissention from the crowd. Join  us in the Plaza to experience a colonial mob firsthand!

Saturday: 3rd December 2011

9:00 – British Encampment opens to the public.
Venue: Various locations in Francis Field, west of the Parking Garage
 
ALL DAY: The Market Square Comes to Life!
Venue: Francis Field, west of the Parking Garage
 
Description: The Market Square will interpret a busy Market Day in Colonial St. Augustine, with professional entertainers such as Signora Bella, whose shows captivate audiences throughout the country;  numerous authentic Sutlers working to help the soldiers spend their pay; various musicians performing on 18th Century instruments;  The Recruiting Sergeant; And numerous Historians and Performers mingling with the visitors both as historical personas, and interpreters to answer questions.

7:30 PM – Fife & Drum Corps Appetizer Concert
Venue: St. George St. at the Plaza
 
7:00 P.M. Candles for a donation
Venue: Lawn of the Basilica Cathedral
Description: Participants will have candles for modest sale for those that desire to carry a light in the Parade
 
7:30 P.M. – Head to the Plaza to get a good viewing place for the British Night Watch Parade
 
  
8:00  P.M. – 9:00 P.M. The Grande Illumination~British Night Watch Parade
Venue: The Plaza, Government House, St. George Street & back to the Plaza
Description: The only Public Participation Parade outside of Mardi Gras! Follow the troops with candles and lanterns as they close the town for the evening in a festive manner for the Holidays.
 
After the parade- Caroling in the Plaza
 
Sunday: 4th December 2011
 
9:30 AM-18th Century Anglican stack the Drum Church Service
Venue: British Encampment, Francis Field
Description: An actual Church Service, performed by an Anglican Priest. Following historic sermons and prayer books, be prepared to experience religion in the late 18th century.

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