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 - The The Bicentennial has started! Many...
The The Bicentennial has started! Many activities'' leading up to July 4, 1776have already seen their 200tlyanniversaries come and go'. Xjne of the most famous events prior to the drafting pi the Declaration of In-" 'dependence, The Boston Tea Party, occurred in December of 1773, and Boston 200, the city's Bicentennial organization, is conducting a series of Tea Party related activities throughout this Fall, which will culminate during Tea Party Weekend, December 14-16. This will be the first major, event of America's Bicentennial celebration,-and a full schedule of com-, memorative festivities and activities is planned. Speaking of the Tea Party and its relevance in this raty ern era, Boston Mayor Kevin H. White said, "A prime pur pose in commemorating the event is to remind people of the principles aboutgovern-ment that were enormously . important to Bostonians of the 18th century. Although times, have changed, these same issues of the role of government and the rights of man still continue on to today." Boston 200, the Office of the Boston Bicentennial, has sought td stimulate an active reconsideration of these issues through a series of forums, lectures and literary and artistic competitions -just as meetings and forums in 1773 kindled the spirit for the original Tea Party. In mid-Fall, the Brig Beaver II, a 75' x 22', two-masted wooden brig, will sail into Boston Harbor from England and be located close to the original mooring area of the Tea Party ships. The Brig is a replica of the smallest of the three Boston Tea Party "CASTING TEA OVERBOARD IN BOSTON HARBOR", from Harper's New Monthly Magazine, December 1851, (Courtesy of Bostonian Society, Old State House, Boston, Massachusetts). an all-day Tea Party Tent Festival and an 18th century music concert at the Old South Meeting House. A Tea Party . Ball, to be held at the Boston Center for the Arts, will benefit Boston 200 and create a 19th century evening for Bostonians and visitors. Guests will participate in 18th century and contemporary dancing; there will be a display of. 18th century crafts; a fife and drum corps will perform. Attendees will also see the world premiere, of "The Boston Tea Party" a historic revue created by the director of one of Boston's and New York's most popular ' improvisational theaters. Food and drink will be that of the Revolutionary Period. , The final day of the weekend will see an ecumenical service at the Old South Church, w'th a sermon developed from themes brought out in the Fall forums. A reception will be held in the afternoon for invited guests from the Council of the Thirteen Original States, Tea Party descendants, and representatives of other cities that had Tea Parties. These were; Charleston, South Caro-Una, Annapolis, Maryland, New York and Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.- At 2:00 in the afternoon, tne Massachusetts National Guard, with the help of several Greater Boston militia companies, will participate in the mimed re-enactment of the Boston Tea Party on the Brig Beaver II. Rather than further polluting the Harbor by again dumping tea, Boston 200, in cooperation with the Sierra Club, will present an exhibit on ways in which America's waterways can be saved. " From October, 1973 through May, 1974, the Museum of the American China Trade, together with the Massachusetts Horticultural Society will present an exhibit of the teas of China, with emphasis on the impor-

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  1. The McHenry Plaindealer,
  2. 30 Jan 1974, Wed,
  3. Page 26

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