Huzzah and Thank You to all who participated in Crossroads’ “2018 Revolutionary Spirit Night.” Thanks to all of you for bringing the spirits of 1776 alive once again to TD Bank Ballpark, site of the Middlebrook Encampment.
Highlights from the night included General George Washington taking the mound in dramatic fashion to throw out the first pitch followed by musket fire in celebration. Motts Artillery also came in with a bang as they fired off their cannon following the National Anthem, before the official town crier declared “play ball!” In addition to this, there was colonial ice cream making, lots of 18th century activities for kids provided by our heritage partners set up along the concourse with exhibit tables. The 2nd NJ Regiment, Motts Artillery, and the Black Mariners of the Marbleheaders were set up outside the ballpark with an encampment that included tents as well as musket fire drills. The British also made an appearance patrolling the walkways as members of the 17th Regiment of Infantry joined us. Fans that attended the game also got to see mock colonial hearth cooking, spinning and weaving, an 18th century medical display, colonial games, and appearances by George Washington and Ben Franklin, as well as, Francis Hopkinson and Mrs. Hopkinson who were on hand to distribute Hopkinson’s flag design to fans as they entered the ballpark. All of this happened as the Fife and Drums of the Old Barracks performed 18th century tunes both outside and inside the ballpark.
A shout-out to all of our heritage partners and friends that participated and thank you again to our sponsors. The night was co-sponsored by the Somerset Patriots and Crossroads of the American Revolution National Heritage Area with support from our “Double” sponsors, Mountaintop Marketing, First Bank NJ and CWA NJ and the Washington Association of New Jersey.
Additional photos and videos will be up shortly so be sure to check back for more highlights from the night!
Video Highlights: Revolutionary Spirit Night 2018