On April 17, 2021, the Colonel James Wood II Chapter of the Virginia Society Sons of the American Revolution participated in a multi-event commemoration ceremony. The Culpeper Minutemen Chapter sponsored a Patriots Day event, coupled with a grave marking, for Brigadier General Edward Stevens at the Masonic Cemetery in Culpeper. We gathered, in part, to honor Patriots Day.
After the French and Indian War, Great Britain enacted a series of measures to raise revenue from the American colonies. This included the Sugar Act, Stamp Act and Townshend Acts, which created a great deal of tension in the Colonies. Resistance was exceptionally strong in Boston, resulting in the 1770 Boston Massacre and the 1773 Boston Tea Party. On March 23, 1775, Patrick Henry had warned, “The next gale that sweeps from the north will bring to our ears the clash of resounding arms!” Less than a month later, that clash of arms occurred on April 19th at Lexington, Concord and the Battle at Menotomy.
On April 18, 1775, Dr Joseph Warren (namesake of Warren County) learned the British were marching that night on Concord to search for arms. Warren dispatched Paul Revere and William Dawes to alert residents of the news. At dawn on April 19th, several hundred British troops arrived in Lexington and met 77 militiamen on the town green. A shot was fired, resulting in several British volleys. Eight militiamen were killed with nine wounded. The British continued into Concord and not finding the arms they anticipated began burning the town. Hundreds of militiamen met a contingent of British soldiers at Concord’s North Bridge. The British fired in what became known as the “shot heard ’round the world”.
As the British set out to return to Boston, almost 2,000 militiamen began attacking the retreating column. The fighting continued as the British reached Lexington and met reinforcements, and the battle continued into the town of Menotomy, which became the bloodiest half-mile of the British retreat. With this battle, the Revolutionary War began. The colonists had proved they could stand up to one of the most powerful armies in the world at that time. This day became known as Patriots Day to honor the beginning of American independence.
Immediately after this ceremony, General Edward Stevens was honored with a grave marking ceremony. General Stevens had joined the Culpeper Minutemen in 1775 and commanded a battalion at the Battle of Great Bridge. He would serve as Colonel of the 10th Virginia Regiment, gaining honor for himself at the Battles of Brandywine and Germantown. Less than two years later, he resigned. In 1779, he became Brigadier General in the Virginia Militia, taking 700 men to join General Horatio Gates’ Army in the south. They fought at Camden, South Carolina, and at the Battle of Guilford Courthouse, where he was wounded in the leg. He later led a brigade at the Siege of Yorktown.
Emceeing the ceremony was Culpeper Minutemen (CMM) Chapter President and Colonel James Wood II (CJWII) dual member Charles Jameson.
Participating in the event from CJWII were Dale Corey, Sean Carrigan, Barry Schwoerer, Jacob Schwoerer and Sean Schwoerer. Dual members included Bill Schwekte (CMM), Mike Dennis (CMM), Ken Bonner (Fairfax Resolves) and Mike Weyler (Colonel William Grayson and Order of Founders and Patriots of America (OFPA)).
A musket salute was fired by Ken Bonner, Sean Carrigan, Dave Cook and Barry Schwoerer.
Presenting wreaths were Virginia SAR President Jeff Thomas, Charles Jameson (CMM), Mike Weyler (Governor, OFPA), Dale Corey (CJWII), Barry Schwoerer (Colonel William Grayson), Dave Cook (Fairfax Resolves), Ken Morris (George Mason), Paula Schwoerer (Elizabeth McIntosh Hamill, DAR) and Jacob Schwoerer (Colonel William Grayson Society, Children of the American Revolution).
Family Fun Day draws enthusiastic crowd to downtown Front Royal
Saturday, May 8th, wasn’t the warmest Spring day for the sixth annual Family Fun Day in Historic Downtown Front Royal, Virginia, but it was pushing 60 degrees under partly sunny skies – and rain of the previous night was long gone thanks to some still brisk winds whipping through town, so who could complain?
The annual array of classic cars dominated the northwestern portions of the Village Commons parking lot, with food stands, specialty stands, and games highlighting the southeastern, East Main Street side of the lot and surrounding grassy areas.
Live music was presented by John Landis and his From the Heart bandmates, as John took a little break from his nearby barbershop at 8 Chester Street.
Royal Examiner tracked down the driving force behind Family Fun Day, this year dressed as King Crawdad – as the line was long in anticipation of bags of fresh crawfish being ready for sale, along with the other food options available. We spoke with King Crawdad’s alter ego, C&C Frozen Treats’ William Huck, about the sixth incarnation of this now-familiar downtown event.
“Here we have the community coming together to celebrate life and to celebrate mother (on Mother’s Day weekend) and celebrate community right here in Front Royal, Virginia,” Huck began with a nod to Town Manager Steven Hicks: “We couldn’t have done this without the help of Steven Hicks, who was instrumental in getting me the permit I needed. He was down earlier, and I had a nice visit with him today as the festivities were going on. So, I want to say thank you to our town manager.”
Of his costume and about-to-be-consumed brethren, King Crawdad observed with a nod to his wife Nina’s assistance, “It’s crawfish – crawfish is family coming together and having a good time. And Front Royal and Warren County is our family.”
Of the “fun” aspect of the day geared toward that family’s younger members, Huck pointed out, “We’ve got games and activities for the kids to play back here to win some prizes – stuffed animals, beads, and baubles.” And of the day’s “fun” aimed the bigger boys and girls way, he added: “The classic cars show, which we’ve had included in Family Fun Day from year one.”
“It’s an honor to be here for six years and next year will be lucky seven. And I promise next year we will have a carousel. And we’ll turn this into something that everybody else will be jealous of,” Huck forecast of a future another year removed from the COVID-19 pandemic and its public safety health measure restrictions on public gatherings.
And we can’t wait.
Rotary golf tourney May 27 raises funding for academic scholarships; openings still available for players but hurry!
Golfers with a predilection for procrastination – you have less than two days from the time this article is published in the Royal Examiner to register for a major local golf tournament at the Shenandoah Valley Golf Club on May 27. DO IT NOW! Saturday, May 8 is the official cutoff date for entries.
One of the Rotary Club of Front Royal’s major fundraising events for more than two decades, money raised – $20,000 last year – goes into the club’s educational scholarship fund, benefiting outstanding graduating seniors at local high schools each spring. Four scholarship winners selected from this year’s school graduates, will receive their awards at Rotary’s May 14 meeting.
Tournament Chair Ken Evans said in a pamphlet publicizing the event: “The support of the community enables us to help Rotary causes each year. Without the support of generous individuals and businesses, it would be impossible for us to continue.”
The pamphlet indicates several individual sponsorships beneath the “Superhero Level – $1,000” may still be open for $100 and $200 each. Generally, entry fees are $300 per team ($75 per player) and include golf fees, cart, food and prizes.
Registration time on May 27 is 11:30 a.m. followed by lunch. The shotgun start is scheduled for 1 p.m. Awards will be presented around five hours later.
(Our reporter, Malcolm Barr Sr., is a member of the Rotary Club of Front Royal and serves on the scholarship committee.)
Benefit for Mason Ryder: Local Front Royal boy in need of liver transplant
Let’s help Mason, a local 8-year-old boy who lives here in Front Royal!
Please watch this video to meet Mason and his family. Learn a little about his journey with Dyskeratosis Congenita and get excited about the upcoming fundraiser. Mason has been recommended for liver transplant pre screening, and we all need to support the best we can:
To learn more, visit: Mason Ryder’s Journey with Dyskeratosis Congenita
Event: June 19, 2021
Time: 3 pm to 8 pm
Location: 1481 Hazard Mill Rd, Bentonville VA 22610
More Info: Facebook Event Page
- Raffle Items, Live Music, Lego Auction (made by Mason)
- Hot Dogs or Hamburgers | 2 Sides – BYOB – tickets $10.00
- Raffle Tickets – $1.00 each | Drawings will be announced starting at 7pm
- Cornhole Tournament – $10.00 entry fee
- Call Pam Coyle for details: 540-233-2597
If you can not attend and still want to donate, click this link: Mason’s GoFundMe
Family Fun Day is this Saturday, May 8, 2021 at the Gazebo
Yes, there will be a 2021 Family Fun Day – and it will be this Saturday, May 8, 2021, at the Gazebo in downtown Front Royal. The activities will start at 10:00 am till 6:00 pm.
Family Fun Day is a family-friendly, alcohol-free event, hosted in Front Royal, Virginia, by C & C Frozen Treats. Family Fun Day is an official 501c3 nonprofit and will be happy to accept your tax-deductible donation to help fund this year’s event.
If you love and support the community of Front Royal and the surrounding areas, we encourage you to come out and bring your family and friends to enjoy this community-building event with an antique car show, kid’s events, and of course ICE CREAM! Let’s not forget that Nina will be boiling crawfish! Don’t miss the fun!
This week’s showtimes at Royal Cinemas as of May 7th
Are you looking for the full movie-going experience without having to wait in the long lines that often accompany that experience? Then look no further because Royal Cinemas movie theatre is the answer. Get the whole gang together and enjoy a movie! We are continuing to practice “6 Foot Social Distancing” with 30% capacity reserved seating in all auditoriums.
Here is a list of this week’s showtimes at Royal Cinemas as of Friday, May 7:
Ticket prices are as follows:
- Adult: $10
- Child (under 12): $7
- Military: $8
- Student (college): $8
- Senior: $8
- Matinees, All Seating: $7
- “Finding You”
- “A Quiet Place: Part II”
- “Spirit Untamed”
Martin’s crew doing their part to Keep Virginia Beautiful
In celebration of Arbor Day and as part of The GIANT Company’s commitment to making a difference in its local communities, several MARTIN’S team members and their families spent Friday morning volunteering with Keep Virginia Beautiful on restoration and tree planting efforts at Shenandoah River State Park.