Expanded Defenders Day schedule announced
Wednesday, 21 August 2013 11:09

Annual Battle of North Point event goes to two days

    The bicentennial of the Battle of North Point comes next year, and the Dundalk-Patapsco Neck Historical Society has planned a fitting lead-in by expanding this year’s Defenders Day celebration to two full days of programs and activities.
    “We’ve enhanced the whole event from top to bottom,” said Harry Young, who has chaired the event for the last nine years. “We’ll have three battle re-enactments, more volunteers, and more sponsors than ever before.”
    The two-day family-friendly event will be held on Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 7 and 8, and features a wide variety of free activities including several live stage productions of 1812-themed classic Never Prod a Hornet by The Sky’s The Limit Theater as well as living history demonstrations, 1812 music concerts and plenty of children’s games and activities.

There are plenty of reasons for this year’s observance to be particularly successful.  Major funding is provided by a grant from the Star-Spangled Banner 200 Partnership, with matching funds from the Dundalk-Patapsco Neck Historical Society. 
    “We have plenty of partners, including the State of Maryland, numerous museums, and the Baltimore County Office of Tourism, which has offered huge support with a complete promotion campaign, including 16 commercials on local TV, articles in regional magazines, newspapers and on the Web,” Young noted. “The Irish Museum, Maryland Historical Society and other museums also are offering their support.
    “The Maryland Fire Museum will supply an 1812 hand-drawn pumper used to fight fires during that period,” he added. “Kids will have a chance to pump water into fire hoses to see how it actually worked.”
    Children also have the opportunity to roll barrel hoops, weave, color paper flags and make miniature sailboats, while all attendees will get a glimpse of military life at encampments set up by British and American forces over the two days. Demonstrations will include spinning, dyeing, musketry and other arts.
    The play Never Prod A Hornet will be performed by The Sky’s The Limit theater company twice on Saturday (11 a.m. and 4 p.m.) and twice again on Sunday (11 a.m. and 3 p.m.). The music of the War of 1812 will be performed Saturday at noon by nationally-known musician David Hildebrand of the Colonial Music Institute. Coupled with that, the Fort McHenry militia and its fife and drum corps will make an appearance.
    Each day’s activities will culminate with the folding of a replica of an 1812 flag. Audience members will be asked to participate in the ceremony, since it takes about 100 volunteers to fold the 43-foot flag.
    There will be plenty of other demonstrations including blacksmiths and magicians.
    The Defenders Day celebration, as always, will be free to the public and features plenty of free parking and shuttle bus service for veterans at the nearby Fort Howard VA facility. Families are welcome to bring their own lunch; however, there will be vendors selling a variety of foods and non-alcoholic drinks.
    For more information about the Defenders Day celebration, call the Dundalk-Patapsco Neck Historical Society at 410-284-2331, or visit www.starspangled200.org.