The cornerstone of the Washington Monument contains three glass jars containing newspapers, and maybe more.
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BALTIMORE, July 2, 2013: At a 11:30 am celebration at Ft. McHenry National Monument and Shrine on July 4, The Maryland Historical Society (MdHS) will begin recreating the 30 x 42 foot Star-Spangled Banner flag that inspired the writing of our national anthem. The flag is an authentic reproduction of the original and will take more than 100 volunteer stitchers six weeks to complete. The start of the project will be heralded with great fanfare by canon fire and living history re-enactors in 1812 era dress including the ‘first stitch’ sewn by Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake.
Maybe This Potential War of 1812 Trail in Dundalk Will Help Me Finally Learn Something About the War of 1812
My mother and stepfather recently traded their digital cable for an antenna that gets 20-some-odd channels, which is why when my family and I recently made the trek to Northern New York for a reunion we found ourselves watching Canadian coverage of the Olympics. (I know this is a slow burn; bear with me.) A spot came on during the commercial break showing some tall ships, marching soldiers in vintage uniforms, a horse snorting, a woman running. A voice: “200 years ago, the United States invaded our territory… but we defended our land. We stood side by side… and won the fight for Canada.”
1814! The Rock Opera previewed three songs on Sunday night at the Creative Alliance, in partnership with the Baltimore Rock Opera Society. Standup Jim Meyer hosted. David Dudley, show’s co-creator with Dave Israel, told Baltimore Fishbowl the highlight for him was watching the singers “hurl themselves into” their performances.
“Two weeks ago, we didn’t even know these characters,” Dudley explained. “We’d only rehearsed with them a handful of times, and in those practices the singers were too busy learning their parts to really get into the more theatrical elements of the show. So it was quite a shock to see them on stage, going for broke.”
Several audience members wore 19th-century garb, “including a bunch of intrepid representatives of the BRO,” Dudley said. “These people live to create, and patronize, insane rock spectacles.”
How inspiring! A mere 200 years after the U.S. waged a bitter war against Canada and Great Britain (partly because they supported the rights of indigenous peoples, which threatened to limit American expansion) representatives from these former enemy nations came together at Fort McHenry to sign an historic, inspiring “declaration of peace.” Politicians and diplomats from Canada, the U.K., and the United States spoke about our nations’ ally status. The relevant heads of state were present as videotaped messages — offering hopeful words for the alliance.
I’m sure most of us thought we’d never see peace among these countries in our lifetimes. Personally, I remember being raised to hate and fear Canadians and Brits. In my household — like yours, no doubt — every Canadian was a “poutine-head” and every Briton was “Johnny Monocle.”
Baltimore is celebrating the 200th anniversary of the Battle of Baltimore this weekend. From the 13th to the 19th, the city will see more than 40 tall ships and naval vessels in her harbor. There’s going to be fireworks, free tours, an original composition, “The Overture for 2012” by Philip Glass, and an air show from the Blue Angels. Check below for some scenes of the Sailabration at the Inner Harbor.
Above: Iconic painting of Adam Cockburn in front of Washington. “He’s our main villain, and his big song, ‘Too Rocking to Lose,’ is the first number on Sunday.”
This Sunday, Baltimore-based journalist David Dudley and Dave Israel bring the Battle of Baltimore to the Creative Alliance. But instead of muskets and cannon blasts, expect guitar riffs and a light show preview. That’s right, they’re retelling the battle that inspired our National Anthem as a (comedic) rock opera. I was able to talk to Dudley about the upcoming double-song preview event, which will be taped by a Canadian TV station.
What made you and your collaborator want to tackle the Battle of Baltimore?
Well, we first started working on it in the late 90’s, and at the time Dave and I were both living in South Baltimore, a few blocks away from Fort McHenry. We would put on this party every September to celebrate the battle and Baltimore’s victory over the British – we called it the “defender bender.” Over the years we started integrating interactive events into the party, and then Dave and I, who were in a band at the time, began writing songs about the battle, just as a thing to do. We had already been involved in writing another historical rock opera–about the Donner Party–purely for our own amusement. Then we started messing around with the idea of another rock opera, telling the story of the Battle of Baltimore. The subject is so misunderstood–it was battle that had a debatable influence on a war that ended on an ambiguous note. The attraction for us was to explore an event that’s been so mythologized. We didn’t have any real agenda; we just enjoyed using the medium.
And why did you enjoy the medium – why a rock opera?
This is a very traditional rock opera. There’s no dialogue, it’s just a cycle of rock songs that tell a story. It’s kind of a pretentious way to approach it, but it’s also so fundamentally goofy. The framing device of the show is that we’re seeing the very loose semi-accurate memory of a guy trying to explain to his son what the Battle of Baltimore was about – the whole opera is sort of a cartoon version of what really happened.
[Check out the teaser trailer after the jump.]
Baltimore is ramping up for the anniversary this summer of the War of 1812 and special events, tours, historical re-enactments and family activities abound.
The Kimpton Hotel’s War of 1812 “Camp at Fort Monaco” package has the right idea when it comes to celebrating the historic event.Families who book the family-friendly commemorative rooms May 28 through September 4 will enjoy all the perks of an upscale hotel, while “roughing it” in the in-room campsite