War of 1812 Bicentennial
- Saturday, December 7, 7:00 PM - English Country Dance at SLU's Eben Holden Hall
Put on your finest duds and join the fun at the English Country Dance on Saturday, December 7, 2013 from 7-9 pm in the main room of Eben Holden on the St Lawrence University Campus. No experience is necessary to enjoy this social folk dance. This program is part of the St Lawrence County Historical Association's Commemoration of the 200th anniversary of the War of 1812, which was fought from 1812-1815. St Lawrence County was one of the battlefields of the War of 1812.
The St Lawrence English Country Dance group and an English Dance group from Spencerville, Ontario will do demonstration dances and invite the audience to participate. George Cherepon will call all dances and give brief historical backgrounds to them. The members of the St Lawrence and Spencerville English Dance Groups will be dressed in Regency period clothing.
English Country Dance is the ancestor of Contra and Square Dance. It began in Renaissance England and was popular into the 19th century in parts of Europe and the United States. The term Regency Dance is often used to refer to historical dances that date from roughly 1790-1825. The balls in Jane Austen's novels feature this type of dance.
George Cherepon will be the dance caller. Cherepon lives in Oswegatchie and worked for Clifton-Fine Central School. He studied English Education at SUNY Potsdam and has been active with the St Lawrence English Country Dance Group for several years. His knowledge and explanation of the dances will make the Regency Era come to life.
The SLCHA Gift Shop is a great way to learn about the War of 1812. Books include St Lawrence County in the War of 1812: Folly and Mischief, by DeKalb author John Austin; as well as The War of 1812 Activity Book; and Sackets Harbor Powder Monkey, a young adult novel by local author Hope Marston. SLCHA members receive a 10% discount on these books and most other items in the gift shop.
The St Lawrence County Historical Association at the Silas Wright House is open Tuesday through Saturday noon to 4 pm, Friday noon to 8 pm. Admission to the museum is free; admission to the archives is free for members and children, $2.50 for college students, and $5 for the general public.The St Lawrence County Historical Association is located at 3 East Main Street, Canton. Parking is available in the back of the SLCHA, next to the museum's main entrance.
The St Lawrence County Historical Association is a membership organization open to anyone interested in St Lawrence County history. For more information, or to become a member, call the SLCHA at 315-386-8133 or e-mail. Exhibits and programs are made possible in part with public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.