The year started off with the earliest representation of the regiment to date: the War of Spanish Succession. Sharon A. and John V.V. went to Deerfield, MA, for their 1704 Raid on Deerfield event, an event which only happens once every four years. We were very happy to stay at our friend Eleanor's house for the night and enjoyed the event itself. Deerfield was attacked by French and Indians and many of the townspeople were taken away as captives in Queen Anne's War, as it was called in the colonies. They had a number of lectures and programs going on, along with a skirmish in the recreational field. While cold, the weather was not unpleasant at all. At night, they treated us to a lovely dinner in a magnificent old colonial house. All in all, a great success. The WSS kit also re-appeared along with other 35th representations at the Proprietary House's timeline event in Perth Amboy.
The Society's First World War branch has really taken off. We now have four soldiers and four VAD nurses! The WWI section debuted this year at Monroe's Museum Village and then came out again for Fort Mott's First World War living history day. At Museum Village, the captain presented a lecture on chemical warfare to the audience, which included the consul-general from Belgium and his wife. The consul was born in Ypres, where the first western front chemical attack took place, and found the talk very engaging, which was most gratifying to hear.
The 35th was split between the Rev. War Battle of Monmouth and the Cold Spring Village timeline in Cape May, NJ. At Monmouth, the 35th was represented by light infantry under the command of Cpl. Kish on Sunday and acquitted themselves well on the field. The day before, Saturday, in Cape May, the 35th was represented at the timeline event rather heavily. Our organization had a Rev. War grenadier, two Rev. War ladies, a WWI soldier, a WWI VAD, and WWII ATS woman. Also in attendance was our sister organization, the F&I 35th Regiment based out of New York. So, all in all, June had the 35th out in force!
The Fourth of July weekend was a busy one for the regiment. The National Constitution Center in Philadelphia hosted a number of Rev. War groups to talk and mingle with thousands of visitors, many of them international tourists, as they came to see the sights at the birthplace of American independence. The 35th Regiment and the 1st New Jersey Volunteers stood for Great Britain and we are happy to report a very receptive and welcoming crowd. On July 4th itself, Sharon A., Tina I., Kim G., Tom C., and John V.V. were present at Ringwood Manor's 17th annual Independence Day celebration. We were a tiny island of red in a sea of rebellion and sedition but did our utmost to uphold British honor. As usual, the watermelon was excellent and the people a lot of fun to interact with.
Coming up next will be the tenth time we host the Grand Victorian Tactical. We are anticipating a large turn-out and hope the weather complies as well.