By Erin Atkinson
Each September, JPPM holds a War of 1812 Reenactment. This event honors the battle that took place right on St. Leonard Creek in 1814. This year, thanks to a generous grant from the Maryland Heritage Areas Authority, JPPM is revamping the event that takes place on September 22, 2012 from 10am-5pm. The event has a new name, the 1812 Fair and Reenactment, and a new attitude. Admission is just $3/person or $10/car.
This Saturday, in addition to tactical battle demonstrations, the event will focus on everyday life during the early 1800s. Guests will be able to enjoy period music and dancing throughout the day, learn a bit about the everyday fashion of the time, tour exhibits, watch craft demonstrations, and take part in hands on activities and games.
Demonstrators will include a blacksmith, the Calvert Spinners and Weavers, lace makers, embroiderers, an 1800s cook, a woodworker, and more. The JPPM education staff as well as other employees will have hours’ worth of crafts for children to work on, and special guest Simon Spalding will teach guests young and old to dance, play period sports, and sing. The dance group Choregraphie Antique of Goucher College will also offer an interactive dance performance for anyone interested.
Food, beer, and wine will be available for purchase all day and those who want to make a night of it are encouraged to stay for Tavern Night from 6 to 10pm. Tavern Night is an annual fundraiser put on by the Friends of JPPM to raise money for educational programs at the park. The cost of admission is just $10/person or $8/Friends members or those in period attire. Live music, trivia, games and dancing will make this a truly unique pub experience.