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Calendar at a Glance – Upcoming Events

9/27 Member & Donor Celebration • RSVP by September 21
10/9 Speaker Series at Washington Memorial Chapel • Ron Patterson – The Role of the Oneida in the American Revolution
10/18 VFPA tour of Stoneleigh, Villanova, PA • Fee required • RSVP by October 15
10/23 Movie screening of Redcoats, voted best Local Short Film at the Philadelphia Independent Film Festival
10/30 Grand Parade Trail ribbon cutting and hike through the Grand Parade Trail.
11/6 Dinner with History • Fee required • RSVP by October 30

For more information, email info@vfparkalliance.org.

Trail Tuesdays: Weekly Walks in the Park!

Tuesdays 10 – 11 am meet at Alliance table in Visitor Center lower parking lot
Support our sponsors by enjoying lunch after your walk! Present VFPA membership card for discount.
The Tavern at Valley Forge (20% discount)  •  Black Powder Tavern (10% discount)
trail tuesdays

Join us for Trail Tuesdays as we walk, talk, get healthy, and be happy! Walk is for all fitness levels. Dogs and strollers welcome. In case of inclement weather, the walk will be canceled. Contact Molly Duffy for any questions at molly@vfparkalliance.org or call 484-886-5853.

Upcoming Topics

September 18 Izabela Restivo is a Certified Professional Dog Trainer (CPDT-KA) specializing in helping shelter dogs get – and stay – adopted. She will be covering “Ways to Introduce Dogs Appropriately”.
October 2 Join a Main Line Health practitioner for information and advice on cancer and nutrition.
October 30 Grand Parade Trail ribbon cutting and hike through the Grand Parade Trail.
November 13 Join a Main Line Health practitioner for information on prediabetes 101.

Email info@vfparkalliance.org to add your name to our walkers list so that we can keep you informed about upcoming walks, schedule changes, and cancellations due to weather.

Stoneleigh – A Natural Garden

Thursday, October 18 10 am – 12 pm meet at Mansion main entrance
Registration required by 10/15 – limit 20 persons VFPA Members: $25 | Non-Members: $30

Join us for a breathtaking two-hour tour of Stoneleigh, a magnificent 42-acre estate located in Villanova, Pennsylvania. After the tour, lunch with us at Savona. Lunch is optional and at your own cost.

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Members & Donors Celebration

Join us for a special celebration for and with Alliance members and donors on Thursday, September 27. This sunset reception, hosted at the Park’s outdoor pavilion, is a night of fellowship with and recognition of our most important constituency – YOU!

This year’s event honors our most loyal and longest-term supporters with an Anniversary Salute to members who have demonstrated ten or more years of continual membership support. In many ways, these individuals are the “founding members” who blazed and bolstered the future for today’s Alliance when the Interpretive Association, Valley Forge Historical Society and The Friends of Valley Forge Park merged in 2006–2007.

We’re also excited to present the General Steuben Award to REI for their generous and ongoing support of Valley Forge National Historical Park and the Valley Forge Park Alliance. This award is a 5-year tradition expressing our gratitude for REI’s exceptional efforts in giving back to the Park. Recognizing those that give-back to the Park is really what this evening is all about! Please join us.

VFPA Members: $12 per person (Individual: admit 1  |  Household: admit 2)
Non-Member guests: $25 per person

FREE to Washington’s Guard and higher levels but requires RSVP by September 21.

Reply to info@vfparkalliance.org to register or call 610-783-1777.

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Upgrade your membership to $100 Washington’s Guard and attend for free plus receive free admission to over 1,000 cultural organization throughout the US.

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Private Viewing and Reception of Redcoats

Tuesday, October 23 7 – 8:30 pm West Chester RSVP by October 16
VFPA Members: Free but RSVP required Non-Members: $20 per person
Redcoats poster

Join us for a private viewing of Redcoats which was awarded the Best Local Short Film at the 2018 Philadelphia Independent Film Festival. The event will be hosted in a spectacular venue in West Chester, PA created by Peter Zimmerman Architects and featured in Architectural Digest. Dr. Nancy K. Loane, a recognized authority on the women at the 1777–78 Valley Forge encampment and author of critically acclaimed book, Following the Drum: Women at the Valley Forge Encampment (Potomac Books, 2009) will provide the backdrop for this dramatic short film with a comedic twist.

Evening includes light fare graciously provided by Black Powder Tavern.

About Redcoats

Three Redcoats pillage the home of a woman, her daughter, and two grandchildren who have been left behind during the Revolutionary War and get more than they bargained for. The filmmakers are sisters Amy and Tammy Tiehe and have been in the film and TV industry for 25 years each. The film was funded through a Kickstarter campaign that generated 209 backers who pledged $23,150 to help bring this project to life.

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DINNER WITH HISTORY • The Lure and Lore of Liquor:
Tavern Beverages of the American Revolution

Tuesday, November 6 7 pm Washington Memorial Chapel Registration required by 10/30
David Emerson

Dine with historian and mixologist David Emerson in a lively exploration of Colonial drinking customs. Discover the various types of beverages available to the 18th Century tavern tippler, how they were made, and even some recipes that you can try on your own (if you dare). Learn about our forefathers’ alternative to the modern Mohito and Martini, and what Ben Franklin considered “The Proof of God’s Love.”

For over 30 years, David has worked at living history museums as an independent storyteller, teaching history through the eyes of a “person of the past.” He is a veteran of Colonial Williamsburg, Plimoth Plantation, Morristown National Historical Park, and the Old Barracks Museum. As an Irish Shannachie, David is known for tales that are so convincing “you can almost smell the peat.”

David holds a BA in Philosophy from SUNY Oswego, with additional study at Alvescot College, Oxford, and the College of William and Mary. He is actively engaged with History on the Hoof which presents historically-based character portrayals, songs, activities, and storytelling.

$45 per person – includes catered dinner with choice of entrée with garden salad and vegetables, mini desserts, and non-alcoholic beverages.

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Take the ’78 Mile Challenge!

May 1 through October 31 Download log form: go.nps.gov/78mile
Take the ’78 Mile Challenge!

The Valley Forge ’78 Mile Challenge encourages visitors to run, bike, hike, paddle, or walk along the park trails, roads, and waterways. After completing and recording the 78 miles, participants will receive a prize. «read more»