The 35th Royal Sussex was invited to attend the candlelight tours at Old Bethpage Village on Long Island, a familiar site for many of us who have done their Revolutionary War events over the years. This time was a little different, but a lot of fun. Christmas this year landed on a weekend and while almost all of our events are also on weekends, we made an exception and traveled out on Wednesday, December 28. As the village is predominantly mid-19th Century, we fit in well with the various houses and other volunteers on site. The entire place was lit up with hundreds of candle lanterns and while the air was cool and a little damp, a sort of fog lent a very cozy and mysterious atmosphere to the village. We were set up in the Kirby House, built in 1835, and spoke with a steady stream of visitors who came in for their tours. We had two soldiers and two ladies for the event and took shifts in exploring the village, with all its decorations. There was music and conviviality throughout. The event itself ran from 5 to 9:30 p.m. and because it was so dark, we got very few pictures.
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