1. Black Powder Tavern and Yards Brewery saluted Independence Day in colonial style with “Beers of the Presidents,” a special food and spirits event featuring Yards Washington Porter and Jefferson’s Golden Ale. The event commemorated our nation’s independence and supports the Valley Forge Park Alliance, a local charity whose mission is to preserve and protect the Valley Forge National Historic Park. Historical renactors Ben Franklin (Barry Stevens) and James Madison (Kyle Jenks) welcomed patrons with James Madison providing a special recitation of the Declaration of Independence. A DJ spun patriotic tunes and patriotic cocktails and outdoor games such as corn hole and can jam, were enjoyed by patrons. Tavern staff, patrons and volunteers from Valley Forge Park Alliance were dressed in colonial period attire to raise awareness and funds for the park conservation. A portion of proceeds from the event will be donated to the Valley Forge Park Alliance to support its mission and the guest with the most creative costume won a free dinner of their choice from the Tavern. Tony DeFazio of DeFazio Communications and Veronica Plohoros (left and right) paused for a photo with historical reenactors Janice Erickson Smith, Nils Person and Kathy Tauber.
3. Susan Moody and Sheila Vance Esq., enjoyed the post Independence Day Celebration.
4. (From left) Valley Forge Alliance historical reenactor Don Naimoli, Janice Erickson Smith of Historic Delights, Kyle Jenks portraying James Madison, Barry Stevens as Benjamin Franklin and Nils Person gathered for a photo with Black Powder Tavern General Manager Bernie Bottmeyer (rear center) during the celebration.
5. Aspen Geems and her father Thomas chatted with Alyssa Michlovsky.
6. Connor and Karen Sullivan toasted the event.
9. Benjamin Franklin AKA Barry Stevens and James Madison AKA Kyle Jenks read the Declaration of Independence to the assembled crowd.
11. Nils Person, Sheilah Vance, Steve Crean, Janice Erickson Smith, Jacob Rivers and Don Naimoli entered the most creative costume contest. Steve Crean (center) was declared the winner of the competition.
13. Valley Forge Park Alliance soldier renactor Don Naimoli chatted with DAR member Jacquelyn Hillegass,who often portrays Sally Franklin, Benjamin Franklin’s daughter, at various colonial style events.