National Treaty of Paris Festival in Annapolis celebrates historical events

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Treaty of Paris Ben FranklinEnjoy a weekend of free historical exhibits, re-enactments, guided and self-guided tours, films and performances during the National Treaty of Paris Festival in Annapolis Sept. 11 and 12, 2015.

The festival's focus is on events of national significance that took place between 1783 and 1787, the years between the end of the Revolutionary War and the start of the Constitutional Convention.

Activities start Friday evening, with a focus on food demonstrations, and continue all day Saturday.

"Freedom Friday" food and drink events on Sept. 11 include:

  • Taste the Beers of Sam Adams, 4-8 p.m. at Mills Fine Wine and Spirits, 87 Main St., Annapolis;
  • Stop and Smell the Spices, 5-9 p.m. and also Saturday 10 a.m.-9 p.m. at the Spice & Tea Exchange, 55 Main St., Annapolis; and
  • Taste the Oils and Vinegars of the Revolutionary Era, 7-9 p.m. at Seasons Olive Oil and Vinegar Taproom, 180 Main St., Annapolis.

A portrait of Alexander Hamilton will also be unveiled at the Annapolis Collection Gallery, 55 West St., Annapolis, 8-10 p.m.

Super Saturday at the Treaty of Paris Festival

This year's featured free presentation Saturday at 7:30 p.m. is on Alexander Hamilton's role as "Washington's Indispensable Partner" by Rand Scholet, president of the Alexander Hamilton Awareness Society, at St. John's College. Opening remarks by Mark Croatti, director of the Treaty of Paris Center, are at 7:15 p.m.

A moving address by Benjamin Franklin — played by nationally acclaimed interpretive actor Christopher Lowell — follows the talk.

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