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Our Washington SAR Parade Unit is led by Color Guard Commander ART DOLAN (US Army Vietnam veteran).
Next comes Drum Major VIREN LEMMER (USAF veteran), leading the SAR-DAR Fife & Drum Corps, setting the pace of march. Our Color Guard carries the Colors of the 1776 Confederation of United States, (Betsy Ross Flag) carried here by Seattle Chapter Sons of the American Revolution Color Guard Captain (& President) NEIL VERNON. Deputy Commander DICK MOTZ (MSGT US Army, Ret.) often serves as an armed color guardsman with musket. Our Washington State Flag was carried by Past State President JIM LINDLEY (USAF veteran). The SAR Flag was carried by KENT STERLING (US Army veteran). RALPH LIENING (US Army veteran) carried the flag of the elite Philadelphia Light Horse Troop. HUZZAH!
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Beg to Report.

In a rider's pouch this morning arrived at HQs a communique from Deputy CG Commander Dick Motz, with details on the West Seattle Grand Parade held the day of the 21st instant.

"Commander Art Dolan & ye SAR-DAR Fife & Drum Corps led our compatriots smartly in ye first (inaugur'l) West Seattle Parade of the Washington SAR! Our DAR sisters have been marching in said Event for some years, and welcomed the brothers to join them - several chapters of both SAR & DAR were in amongst the 40+ "Rabble in Arms" as ye enemy likes to say."

CONGRATULATIONS go to Neil Vernon, President of the Seattle Chapter Sons of the American Revolution, who envisioned SAR participation in the West Seattle Grand Parade. His leadership made it happen - a big FIRST for that Chapter shewing ye COLORS, carried by none other than Neil himself!

[Pictures by Dick Motz's son Randy and some by ye DAR]
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Some 40 compatriots, and families mustered for the 4th of July to show the Colors at Steilacoom. Eighteen SAR Color GUardsmen and eighteen DAR Ladies in beautiful period dress, formed up behind the SAR-DAR Fife & Drum Corps to represent the Founders of America and those who were there for the Declaration of our Independence! HUZZAHHH!
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July 5-8, at Washington, PA
In 1794 Alexander Hamilton persuaded Congress to tax the cash crop of Pennsylvania farmers who turned their corn into good whiskey for all those traveling west after the War. The pioneer farmers in Pennsylvania’s western counties, centered in ‘little Washington’, South of Pittsburgh, sent the government revenue collectors out of town on a rail, tarred & feathered. President Washington donned his uniform and took 15,000 troops to Bedford County (home of my Patriot ancestor, Peter O’Neal) and quelled the uprising.
The episode demonstrated that the new national government had the willingness and ability to suppress violent resistance to its laws. It was, therefore, viewed by the Washington administration as a success
The Washington administration and its supporters usually did not mention, however, that the whiskey excise remained difficult to collect, and that many westerners continued to refuse to pay the tax.
As a result, my family and many others in Pennsylvania considered “tax avoidance” as a sacred duty. 😏Parade, Street Theater, Live Music, Re-enactments, Food & Drink, Crafts, Historical Tours, Family Activities, Fireworks and Much More.

Saturday the Whiskey Rebellion Festival is in full swing and begins with a community parade through the heart of Washington’s historic downtown and features marching bands, civic leaders, entertainers, and historical re-enactors. Enjoy family fun and shop for unique arts & crafts.

Join us at the festival on Saturday and experience history authentically presented by the region’s top 18th century re-enactment groups including, Wayne’s Fourth Sub-Legion, 1st Virginia Regiment, Rangers of the Ohio Company, the Whiskey Jug Rangers, Roger’s Rangers, The Oliver Miller Homestead, Westmoreland Rifles, and Swearingen’s Militia.

Visit The Hangman’s Noose Tavern, located at the Kennedy Log House in Washington Park. See the 18th Century tavern display and hear tavern talk presentations throughout the day. Taste samples of (non-alcoholic) 18th century tavern drinks.

The festivities continue with the opening of the food midway and Blue Eagle Tavern. Festival guests are invited to enjoy a wide variety of food offerings from smoked BBQ to Gyros to ice cream.

The festival’s main stage comes alive with Americana/Heritage music throughout the day and the streets are transported back to the 18th century as re-enactors perform and tell the story of the Whiskey Rebellion with unparalleled authenticity. Visit the historic home of the leader of the rebellion, the David Bradford House. The Lil Rebel Art & Heritage Area in Madeleine’s Garden at the LeMoyne House provides education and entertainment for the entire family. Street skirmishes, cannon fire, and the must see event of the festival, a live tar and feathering, bring history to life!

Take a FREE bus ride to and from the recreated 18th century Frontier Fort Site at Washington Park. Step back in time and visit with re-enactors portraying native Americans, frontiersman, trappers, and tradesman. The kids can enjoy the free petting zoo and pony rides.

One of the highlights is the festival is the annual street theater performances. History comes alive on Main Street during these outstanding representations of living history. Throughout the day gain an understanding of the events and actions that lead to the Whiskey Rebellion and how they helped shape American history. Between performances, you are invited to talk with and engage the actors as they portray their historical character. The grand finale of the day’s street theater is the incredibly popular and powerful re-enactment of a “Tar and Feathering” of a whiskey tax collector.

Musical acts are performing all day at the Washington Auto Mall stage, but the evening culminates with awesome Bluegrass music:
8:30pm- Wood & Wire​
7pm- Grand Bon Rien​
6pm- 18 Strings​

More details of the day here: http://whiskeyrebellionfestival.com/festival-days/saturday/
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