Community Postings: Act like a colonial, Hamilton comes to Fairfield
Updated 12:28 pm, Friday, July 7, 2017
Five Fairfield natives have been named to the dean’s list at the University of New Hampshire in Durham for the spring semester. Highest honors are awarded to students who earn a semester grade-point average of 3.85 or better out of a possible 4.0. Students with a 3.65 to 3.84 average are awarded high honors and students whose GPA is 3.5 through 3.64 are awarded honors.
Ten Fairfield natives have been named to the Marist College dean’s list for the spring semester.
Members of the class of 2020 include Samantha Jerrild, who is majoring in psychology; Thomas Magnusson, who is majoring in computer science; Kaitlyn Mulligan, who is majoring in accounting; Dylan O’Brien, who is majoring in psychology and special education; and Seamus O’Rourke, who is majoring in history adolescence education.
Joshua Dow, a member of the class of 2017, is majoring in communication.
The public is invited to the newly restored Sun Tavern (c. 1780) for a memorable night of colonial entertainment and revelry.
Much like in the 1700s, members of the Fairfield community and surrounding areas will gather to meet, gossip, sip beer and dance Saturday from 6 to 8 p.m.
Guests will learn about and taste local brews from Aspetuck Brew Lab of Fairfield and discover more about local Connecticut hops and ingredients used in Colonial times. In addition, the night will feature traditional music and dancing outside the tavern, past-times that were highlights of social activity in the 1700s.
Performers including Patricia Campbell and music from The Reel Thing will be in period dress and will guide guests through easy dances that are fun for everyone. Lawn-friendly shoes are recommended.
Refreshments will be served.
Pre-registration for Tavern Night is recommended. Members: $20; Non-Members: $25. Register online atfairfieldhistory.org/event/tavern-night.
Three Fairfield natives were among the 1,075 students who received their degrees in May as part of the Roger Williams University Class of 2017.
Don’t throw away your shot at learning more about Alexander Hamilton and viewing authentic documents related to this founding father, including a love letter to his wife, Eliza.
On July 13 from 6 to 8 p.m., the Fairfield Museum will host a Museum After Dark event, “Alexander Hamilton: the Man, the Myth and the Musical.”
Hamilton was one of America’s most important founders. However, because of his untimely death, many of those who opposed him also outlived him by decades. His story was skewed, as he was often portrayed as a monarchist and elitist.
Thanks to many books and essays, the mythology of Hamilton is changing. With the critical and popular success of Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Broadway show “Hamilton: An American Musical,” the public is experiencing a greater appreciation for Hamilton’s life and legacy.
This talk, featuring Robert Begely of the New York Heroes Society, covers Hamilton’s turbulent childhood, stellar work ethic, brilliant mind, military valor, principled pro-Constitution stand, and also demonstrates how he rose up from impoverished immigrant to the status of a hero.
In addition, Seth Kaller, a dealer in rare historic documents who is currently offering a large collection related to the life and times of Hamilton, will exhibit and talk about some of the highlights, including:
One of Hamilton’s most revealing love letters to Eliza;
Hamilton’s letter rallying to defeat Jefferson after Washington declined a third term (his tune changed four years later when his more dangerous nemesis Burr was on the stage);
A lock of Hamilton’s hair, preserved in his family for generations.
A rare copy of the Reynolds pamphlet;
A John Adams letter with his scathing reaction to the Reynolds pamphlet
A Hamilton document relating to an early duel threat.
Refreshments will be served. This event is free for Fairfield Museum members and $5 for non-members.
The Fairfield Museum is located at 370 Beach Road.