Washington's Birthday Celebrations

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Washington's Birthday Celebrations

Time: February 15, 2015 at 9:30am to February 16, 2015 at 4pm
Location: Old Sturbridge Village
Street: 1 Old Sturbridge Village Road
City/Town: Sturbridge
Website or Map: http://www.osv.org
Phone: 800-SEE-1830
Event Type: osv, holiday
Organized By: Old Sturbridge Village
Latest Activity: Dec 15, 2014

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Event Description

The birthday of the young nation's first great hero inspired great celebration among early 19th-century Americans. They gathered to offer toasts to George Washington and other important figures of the day. And they held balls, complete with Washington Cake and dancing.

On Saturday, Old Sturbridge Village will celebrate the Washington's Birthday weekend  in the exact same spirit. Visitors can take part in traditional toasts to George Washington and other famous American patriots, and learn more about the country's first president during presentations of "I Cannot Tell a Lie: Celebrating the Life and Accomplishments of George Washington in Story and Song." 

You'll be having a ball, too -- literally. Skirts will swirl on as the Old Sturbridge Village dancers present a Washington Birthday Ball on Saturday. Beforehand, OSV historians will discuss etiquette for the ball in "Please Take Hands"; and 1830s ball accessories in "Frills and Furbelows." Visitors can learn various dances of the time, including contra dances and cotillions, which were forerunners of today’s line dancing and square dancing.

Other U.S. Presidents from our early history will also be on hand to join in the celebrations. President and Mrs. Grant will be present on Sunday and John Quincy Adams will join us on Monday. And if your name is George or Martha, you receive free admission to the Village during President's Day weekend!

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