07/11/2013Location: United First Parish Church and Adams Carriage House Time: 12:00 PM to 2:30 PM Fee Information: Free
July 11, 2013
John Quincy Adams
246th Birthday Celebration
Annual Wreath-Laying Ceremony
United First Parish Church
Each year, the sitting President of the United States authorizes a commemorative wreath be laid on the tomb of a former president on his birthday. On July 11th this tradition, started by President Lyndon Johnson, continues with the wreath laying ceremony at the United First Parish Church, 1306 Hancock Street, to commemorate the anniversary of John Quincy Adams' birthday.
The Musical World of John Quincy Adams
Following the annual wreath-laying ceremony for sixth President John Quincy Adams at the United First Parish Church, proceed to the 1870 Carriage House, 135 Adams Street, and delight in the music of the Rosewood Ensemble, performing music from the time of John Quincy Adams.This delightful concert is a journey through the life and times of the sixth President, an accomplished flute player and theater and opera devotee.Listen to music familiar to John Quincy from his travels in Paris, London, Berlin, and the United States, including dances and popular music from his personal favorite operas.A unique treat is a performance of Adams' personal flute music from his student days at Harvard University.The concert is performed on period flutes and guitar, including Barbara Hopkins' original Asa Hopkins flutes, made in Litchfield, CT circa 1830 and Judy Handler's 19th century parlor guitar.
John Quincy Takes the Cake!
Following the performance, join John Quincy Adams, portrayed by an Adams National Historical Park Ranger and celebrate his 246th birthday with a slice of birthday cake!
All Events are Free.