Tuesday, July 30, 2019

The MCHA Revolutionary Rave Returns To Middletown - 8/3/19

The MCHA Revolutionary Rave Returns To Middletown
August 3, 2019

The Monmouth County Historical Association (MCHA) has announced its second annual Revolutionary Rave, an authentic re-creation of colonial-era costumes, music, dancing, games and popular period pastimes. The event will once again be held at the historic Taylor-Butler House, built in 1853, and widely considered the grandest house in Middletown at the time, located at 127 Kings Highway. The Revolutionary Rave is set for Saturday, August 3, 2019, from 1:00 - 4:00 p.m. Tickets are $20 for MCHA members and $25 for non-members.

“Our inaugural event last summer was a delightful success, as people of all ages curious about history came to experience a bit of 18th century social entertainment,” said Meg Sharp Walton, executive director, MCHA. “At this year’s Rave, people can once again enjoy live music, learn popular dance steps of the Colonial era, or try their luck at cards or other period games.”

18th century dancing at the Revolutionary Rave. Photo credit: Sara Stadtmiller, 2018.
Light refreshments and tasty treats will be served. Free parking is available on-site, behind Taylor-Butler House. MCHA’s Marlpit Hall, located adjacent to Taylor-Butler House, will also be open for tours throughout the afternoon.

“During George Washington’s time, dancing was the primary activity at balls, parties and celebrations, and young people who aspired to higher status were expected to know dance steps such as the Allemande, the Hornpipe and the Minuet,” said Ms. Walton. “We are delighted to once again have Sue Dupre, a prominent expert on the popular dance forms of the colonial era in New Jersey, on hand to provide music and country dance calling, so that anyone can participate no matter what their level of experience.”

Dances Ms. Dupre might call at the Revolutionary Rave include Money Musk, Portland Fancy, and Rory O'More, during the live music that will be performed at the event.

Costumes from the 18th or 19th century are greatly encouraged, but not required. A changing room is available on-site.

“Typical card games of the colonial era included All Fours, At-Put, Cribbage, Knaves, Lanternloo, Pennech, Piquet, Ruffs and Honours, and Whist,” said Pati Githens, programs and partnerships manager, MCHA. “Dice games such as Hazard, Inn and Inn, and Passage were very popular, and colonials also enjoyed table games like Backgammon, Billiards, Chess, Dominoes, Draughts, Fox and Geese, and Nine Men's Morris. Other popular party pastimes included Ninepins, which is a bowling game, Quoits, a type of ring toss, and Graces, in which players toss a ribboned hoop to one another using sticks.” Other games that will be played include Whist, Faro, Farckle, Skittles, and Vingt et Un (now known as 21 or Blackjack).

“Many of these activities are familiar to us now, but were created many years ago, said Ms. Githens. “Even if you’ve never played these games or heard of these dances, everyone can learn and participate right away.”

To purchase tickets and learn more about MCHA membership, visit www.MonmouthHistory.org.

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