The Show Must Go On!

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TT '12 smallI began working at the foundation last October–just in time for Twilight Tales. When I agreed to participate in the event, I had no idea what I was getting myself into, and just two weeks after my first day I was decked out in colonial clothing and covered in ghost make-up and fake smallpox. It was the most fun I had ever had while working, and gave me even more reason to look forward to October every year.

We began recruiting volunteers for this year’s Twilight Tales over the summer, and the dedicated group of people who answered our call have been working tirelessly, despite the shutdown, to make this year’s event a spectacular one. After a jam-session to learn the songs (yes, you heard right–songs!), a prop design day to help transform the farm, and two rehearsals of the script, we are only one dress rehearsal away from event day.

This year’s Twilight Tales will follow Gemmy Catnach, famous “death hunter” and murder balladeer, and the ghosts that are the subjects of his sinister songs. With tales of tragic love triangles, cruel mothers, murderous affairs, and poisonings, we’ll be exploring  murder and death through the music of colonial Maryland. It will be both creepy and toe-tapping as the real-life spirits of the day serenade you from the fields to the farm house, and the tobacco barn to the Tavern of Lost Souls.

This is certainly an event you don’t want to miss, and whether we’re closed or not–the show will go on! Follow the links below to learn more about the event, keep updated about its location, and to register your spot in one of the tours.

Friday, October 25

Saturday, October 26

We hope to see you there!

 

Twilight Tales Prop Design Day

Twilight Tales Prop Design Day

Twilight Tales Rehearsal

Twilight Tales Rehearsal

Blocking out the scene

Blocking out the scene

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Twilight Tales Rehearsal

 

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Harvest Festival: The Way of Food

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6289125954_e27475ba28_mFrom how it is grown to the historical and cultural significance to why it is grown, from region to region, food is a central part of everyone’s lives. Come and celebrate the way of food in this free public gathering that will not only entertain, but also educate you about our agricultural past, present, and future. The National Colonial and Ecoystem Farm managers will delight visitors with a lively demonstration integrating heirloom and colonial foodways with modern sustainably grown farm delights, tour the farms and enjoy ongoing activities throughout the day.

Fee for food, general admission is free.

For more information contact info@accokeek.org or visit www.accokeek.org.

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Botany Study Group

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Meeting monthly, this instructor-led botany study group will learn about the major plant families, while focusing on identification skills and basic botany terminology using Botany in a Day by Thomas Elpel as a reference guide. Textual studies will be supplemented with local plants in flower for a hands-on practice with identification keys. This study group is appropriate for beginning to intermediate botanists of all ages. Kids are welcome, but must have an adult with them, and must pay the full registration fee. The registration fee is for an 8-session course of study.

The meeting schedule is:

  • April 1
  • May 6
  • June 3
  • July 1
  • August 5
  • August 26
  • October 7
  • November 4

 

About the Instructor:

Holly Poole-Kavana

Holly is a lifelong plant enthusiast, and started formally studying herbal medicine in 2005, after she began working in health care. She is the owner of Little Red Bird Botanicals and is excited about the ways herbal medicine can help us all to have a little more control over our own health, and provide support to those we care about. She had apprenticed with herbalist 7song at the Northeast School of Botanical Medicine, completed the Clinic II program at Sacred Plant Traditions, studied at the Pacific School of Botanical Medicine, and holds a BS in botany.

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Weekend Vignettes

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Sunday, July 24, 2011 – Leading up to our Colonial Day: Crime and Punishment event our Museum Theatre Interns will be performing weekend vignettes or short scenes to further explore the justice system in colonial Maryland. Vignettes will be every Saturday and Sunday from June 25th through July 24th.

“Tales from the Pillory” – What would it take to land yourself in the pillory? Stop by and hear from those unfortunate enough to find out!

Where: “The Pillory” on Cedar Lane

Show times: 11 am, 1 pm, and 2:30 pm

“Insolent and Contemptuous Carriages” – Bastardy in 18th century Maryland: This trial re-enactment looks into the crime of bastardy (a child born to unwed parents) and how it was dealt with in colonial Maryland. Here we present three women convicted of the same crime whose circumstances clearly illustrate how this particular crime was dealt with. Some subject and language may not be appropriate for children.

Where: “The County Court” at the demo kitchen

Show time: 2:30 pm

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