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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!

 

Purchase your ticket here

Date: Saturday, April 8, 2017Hamilton 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!

The Costume Company in Arlington MA is offering a 15% discount for rentals and sales for anyone who mentions that they are attending the Resistance Ball.

For costume ideas, rentals, & purchases, here are 5 places you can visit:

Boston Costume

The Costume Company

The Costume Gallery

Party City

Amazon

 

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

Carrie Cabot

Marcie Clawson

Cindi Cox

Alicia Diozzi

Annie Harris

Geordie Kaytes

Janna Korestz

Stacia Kraft

Betsy Lahikainen

Becky Putnam

Michael Selbst

Vicki Sirianni

Ellen Wingard Wheeler

Bradley Williams

Meegan Williams

Carol Hedstrom

 

SPECIAL THANKS TO:

The Adriatic Restaurant & Bar

Creative Salem

Flowers by Darlene

Photo Pie Backdrops

Rumson’s Rum

A & J King Artisan Bakers

Notch Brewery & Tap Room

Details

Date:
April 8
Time:
8:30 pm

Venue

Hamilton Hall
9 Chestnut Street
Salem, 01970 United States
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Phone:
978-744-0805
Website:
hamilton hall.org