4th July Celebrations at Sulgrave Manor

Beautiful mid-summer weather for the US Independence Day celebrations at Sulgrave Manor. Visitors and villagers alike enjoyed a whole range of performances and activities, including the “One Step Beyond” Appalachian Dancers, the “String of Pearls” close harmony vocal trio, Husky Dogs, a Circus Skills Workshop, a display of Native American artefacts, clothing and pictures, and of course, the American Bald Eagle. The children followed historic trails, completed quizzes and tried their hands at brass rubbings. Others took part in guided tours of the Manor House itself or strolled in the famous Rose Garden or the scented garden of the Herb Society of Great Britain.

As always on Independence day, visitors were greeted in the courtyard by Wotan of Cotswold Falconry, the symbolic and magnificent bald eagle, ever popular with the children….

Photo: Wendy Barnes

Photo: Wendy Barnes

On best behaviour with PC Gez Shillito!

The formal Rose Garden which forms such a beautiful setting for the mellow stone of the Manor House

The warmth of the summer's afternoon brought out the many fragrances to be enjoyed in the Herb Garden

The Stars and Stripes has flown proudly over the surrounding countryside for almost a hundred years….

….maintained by a special trust.

A pause for musical entertainment by……

….the “String of Pearls” close harmony vocal trio.

The “Hug a Husky” demonstration….

…with the gentle giants of the canine world as star performers

Circus skills to be learnt……

….by children…

…and adults alike!

Exhibition of native American crafts….

…including this beautiful model canoe and moccasins…

Head-dress worn by Four Souls Rocky Boy Cree Montana in 1930

The boys try their skills at brass rubbing…

….and colouring

Introductory music for….

….the “One Step Beyond” Appalachian dancers

Competing their display with a flourish!

A reminder of the symbolic importance of Sulgrave Manor

Independence Day Celebrations at the Manor in 2008

Village residents are reminded that they can gain free access
to these lovely events by using their pass cards.

More about Sulgrave Manor at www.sulgravemanor.org.uk.


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