The First Annual Salem Resistance Ball
April 8 @ 8:30 pm
Mark the Occasion! Join us for the First Annual Salem Resistance Ball at Hamilton Hall!
Time: 8:30 pm
Where: Hamilton Hall | Salem, MA
What: Fiddlers, Dancing, Victuals & Libations (Cash Bar)
Attire: Formal or Creative Revolutionary Attire
Tickets: $50 in advance or $60 at the door
50% of your ticket is tax-deductible
All proceeds benefit the ongoing preservation of Hamilton Hall. An Assembly Hall since 1805
The Leslie’s Retreat Committee and Hamilton Hall are pleased to host the First Annual Salem Resistance Ball on Saturday, April 8 at 8:30 pm. We will mark our city’s historic prelude to the events that followed in Lexington & Concord. The Ball will mark the culmination of several events celebrating the anniversary of Leslie’s Retreat Details of those events can be explored here: Leslie’s Retreat
April 17, 1775, The Gentleman’s Magazine of London published the following announcement:
“By a ship just arrived at Bristol from America, it is reported that the Americans have hoisted their standard of liberty at Salem.”
The story of Leslie’s Retreat is one of the great American stories of the early revolution. It is the story of ordinary citizens joining together to resist the authority of the British militia.
On Feb. 26, 1775, the first armed resistance by the colonies to British authority occurred at North Bridge in Salem. When reports that a cannon and ammunition had been hidden in North Fields, (now North Salem) General Gage sent Colonel Leslie and approximately 250 British soldiers from Boston to Marblehead by ship.
The citizens of Salem who had been forewarned of the approaching British forces gathered at the North Bridge and raised the draw. What might have been the first battle of the Revolutionary War was averted because of a compromise that was brokered by Reverend Thomas Barnard of The North Church with Colonel Leslie. It was determined that the draw would be lowered and Colonel Leslie and his men would march a short distance beyond the bridge, and then turn and head back to Marblehead. Many names that we recognize today are associated with the event: Captian Jonathan Felt, Captian Joshua Ward, Captian Foster, Colonel Timothy Pickering, Colonel David Mason and his family, Mr. Derby, Mr. Barr, Mr. Northey, and nurse, Sarah Tarrant.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
WHAT DO I WEAR? DO I NEED A COSTUME?
Costumes are encouraged– dress as a revolutionary figure; Colonial, French Revolution, or perhaps, as a suffragette or an abolitionist?
Or accent your tuxedo or gown with red, or white or blue, and don’t forget to wear your dancing shoes!
For costume ideas, rentals, & purchases, here are 5 places you can visit:
I DIDN’T RECEIVE AN INVITATION. CAN I ATTEND?
All are welcome to join the fun.
I WOULD LIKE TO LEARN MORE ABOUT LESLIE’S RETREAT
There are several other events happening in the area including two lectures about events leading up to the American Revolution. You can also pick up the books Prelude to Revolution by P Charles Hoffer or Road to Concord by JL Bell at Wicked Good Books in Salem.
Get more details here: Leslie’s Retreat
LESLIE’S RETREAT EVENT CALENDAR
World Turned Upside Down CUSTOM HOUSE, NEWBURYPORT Fri Feb 3, 6-8pm
Bryanne McArdle, lecture – customhousemaritimemuseum.org
Leslie’s Retreat Resistance Run The Wicked Running Club Feb 19-Feb 26
suggested routes – wickedrunningclub.com
Leslie’s Retreat FIRST CHURCH, SALEM Sun Feb 26, 11:30
Community Reenactment – historicsalem.org
Prelude to Revolution THE PICKERING HOUSE Sun March 26, 3 pm
P Charles Hoffer, lecture – pickeringhouse.org
The Salem Resistance Ball HAMILTON HALL Sat April 8, 8:30 pm – hamiltonhall.org
March to Revolution ABBOT HALL, MARBLEHEAD Sat April 8, 2-4 pm
Judy Anderson, walking tours – MarbleheadArchitecture@gmail.com for additional dates
The Salem Connection THE SALEM ATHENAEUM Fri April 7, 7 pm
JL Bell, lecture – salemathenaeum.net
The Marblehead Resistance MARBLEHEAD PUBLIC LIBRARY TBA
Robert Booth, lecture – abbotlibrary.org
The Art of Resistance HAMILTON HALL TBA
Cocktails & Conversation Hamiltonhall.org
LESLIE’S RETREAT COMMITTEE
Ellen Wingard Wheeler
SPECIAL THANKS TO:
The Adriatic Restaurant & Bar
Flowers by Darlene
Photo Pie Backdrops
A & J King Artisan Bakers
Notch Brewery & Tap Room