The Mecklenburg chapter will welcome American writer and humorist Mark Twain as our special 7th Annual President’s Day Community Dinner guest on February 21, 2019 in Charlotte, NC at the Hilton Charlotte Executive Park Hotel.
Doors open at 6:00pm and the event begins at 6:30pm. Bring your cameras!
Beloved American writer and humorist Mark Twain will host our community dinner on February 21, 2019, as part of the annual Mecklenburg Chapter Sons of the American Revolution annual President’s Day Community Dinner and educational outreach series.
Professional historical actor and portrayer Curtis O’Dell from Kentucky will bring Mark Twain to life. “I bring a family-oriented performance for all ages that does not include profanity or vulgarity and my portrayal always makes the audience feel like they are back in time with Mark Twain himself,” says O’Dell. “I began Mark Twain impersonations after being told for 25 years that I should perform as him based on my appearance. I have always had the same hairstyle, color and mustache as Mr. Twain and my love for his history and writing makes my portrayal really come to life.”
Mark Twain is best known for his American novels The Adventures of Tom Sawyer (1876), Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (1885) and The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County(1865). Twain was born on November 30, 1835, shortly after the appearance of Halley’s Comet and he predicted that he would “go out with it” as well; he died the day after the comet returned on April 21, 1910.
This special President’s Day event in Charlotte is perfect for all ages, groups, families and anybody who loves American history!
Please join us as we celebrate the Anniversary Celebration of the Battle of Moores Creek Bridge, the 1st Patriot victory during the war for Independence. Activities will include musket and cannon demonstrations throughout both days, as well as demonstrations of colonial trades such as blacksmithing, candle dipping, spinning, cooking, gardening, powder horn making, colonial toys and games, live music, and much more. For up to date information, please follow us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/moorescreeknps. The event is FREE and activities will take place on Saturday and Sunday, February 23-24, 2019 from 10:00 am-4:00 pm.
The Moores Creek Battleground Association will host the combined North Carolina SAR Color Guard and North Carolina DAR chapters which will commence a memorial walk on Saturday February 23 starting at the visitor’s center at 10:00 AM. There will be wreaths presented by representatives of the Moores Creek Battleground Association at the Women’s Momunment, at the Moore Monument, at the Loyalist Monument and finally at the Patriot John Grady Monument. Other participating organizations are invited to present wreaths in honor of the patriots of the American Revolution at the John Grady monument.
Vendors will be available for lunch at the Battleground. In addition, around 11:30 AM following the event a fund-raising lunch will be served at the Currie Community Baptist Church. The cost will be $10 per person; reservations for the meal must be made with John Thornhill by 7 Feb 2019. Cell phone contact: (910) 284-0232. Seating is limited; reservations for the meal are required.
28396 Nc Highway 210
The Battle of Moores Creek Bridge- February 27, 1776
The Battle of Moores Creek Bridge, fought between North Carolina Patriot and Loyalist militia forces, demonstrates the bitter internal divisions that marked the American Revolution. The Loyalist, mostly Scottish Highlanders wielding broadswords, charged across a partially dismantled Moores Creek Bridge, nearly a thousand North Carolina Patriots waited quietly with cannons and muskets poised to fire. Expecting to find only a small Patriot force, the Loyalist advanced across the bridge. Shots rang out and 30 to 70 Loyalist lay wounded or dead, including Lt. Col. Donald McLeod, who led the charge. Stunned, outgunned, and leaderless, some of the Loyalist surrendered, while others retreated in confusion.
Moores Creek is the site of the first Patriot victory in the American Revolution and the site of the last Scottish Highland broadsword charge. The victory ended British authority in the colony and stalled a full-scale British invasion of the South for nearly four years. The resulting Halifax Resolves of April 12, 1776, instructed North Carolina’s delegates the Continental Congress to vote for independence; it was the first American colony to take such action.