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Under the Crown draws crowds from near and far

Posted: May 28, 2013 - 11:49am

The annual Colonial Times: Under the Crown event will be held this weekend at the Living History Park.

“This one has gained popularity. It draws people from all over,” said Lynn Thompson, chairwoman of the Living History Park and president of the Olde Towne Preservation Association.

People from as far as Ari-zona have come to experience the event, she said.

The event is set during the colonial period when the British occupied this area and it will be brought to life by historians and re-enactors.

“They are here to share and educate the public,” she said.

A dinner will be held Friday night with special guest William Bartram, an 18th century American naturalist for whom the Bartram Trail is named.

The dinner will feature entertainment and dancing.

“Dinner will be served colonial style,” said Thompson.

Saturday and Sunday activities include colonial portrayals by historians and re-enactors, demonstrations by craftsmen, the Olde Towne Militia, storytelling by Kitty Wilson-Evans and Bruce Ingram, colonial dancing and an Anglican church service. The park’s tavern will also be open.

“It’s exciting,” said Thomp-son. “It’s interactive and you get to be hands-on. It’s a relaxed atmosphere so you can have fun while learning a lot about history.”

IF YOU GO

WHAT: Colonial Times: Under the Crown dinner

WHEN: Friday

WHERE: Living History Park, 299 W. Spring Grove Ave.

COST: $50, reservations required. Contact Lynn Thompson at (803) 279-7560 to purchase a ticket.

WHAT: Colonial Times: Under the Crown

WHEN: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday

WHERE: Living History Park, 299 W. Spring Grove Ave.

COST: Free, but donations are accepted

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