The Sailing Masters of 1812 will hold their 45th Annual 'Burning of the Ships' Parade on Saturday, May 12th, 2012 at 2:00 p.m. beginning at the town hall through downtown Essex, CT.
At the conclusion of the parade, the Connecticut River Museum will bring to life the British raid on Essex in 1814 with re-enactors and colonial weaponry demonstrations along with holding waterfront activities including row boat races and children’s games throughout the day on the lawn of the museum. These events commemorate the British attack on Essex in 1814.
Capping off the day of festivities will be Sailing Masters of 1812 Third Annual Regency Ball held on Saturday, May 12th, at 8:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m. at the Essex Town Hall located at 29 West Avenue. The Regency Era refers to the British era from about 1800 - 1830 highlighted by steps popularly known as English Country Dance. This year’s period ball again will include music by Spare Parts and dance calling by Susan de Guardiola of New Haven, CT. One does not have to be an accomplished dancer to participate but period dress is strongly suggested.
Tickets to the ball are $18 per person; members of fife & drum corps, Connecticut River Museum, Essex Historical Society, Essex Garden Club and Community Music School are $15. Tickets will also be available at the door for $20. For more information on the Ball, making or buying period costumes, and purchasing tickets, please visit please visit www.sailingmasters.org/regencyball or Contact Heath Herel at 860-964-0266 or firstname.lastname@example.org.