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50th Sudbury Colonial Faire & Muster of Fyfes & Drums

Official Website:50th Sudbury Colonial Faire & Muster of Fyfes & Drums
Location:72 Wayside Inn Road, Sudbury, MA, 01776
Phone:781-848-4214
Dates:Saturday, September 27, 2014
Hours:Hours Vary see below
Ages:Infants, Toddlers, Kids, Teens, Adults
In/Outdoor:Outdoor
Cost:$ see below
Category:Fairs & Festivals


50th Sudbury Colonial Faire & Muster of Fyfes & DrumsThe Sudbury Ancient Fyfe & Drum Companie is celebrating it's 50th anniversary by hosting the National Muster of Fifes and Drums. About 40 corps are expected, making this the largest assembly of fife and drums corps in Massachusetts history at the Wayside Inn in Sudbury, MA!

Morning activities include games for the children, a demonstration of contra dance and militia drills. The Sudbury militia drill is likely to be interrupted by British Regulars resulting in a skirmish between the two parties.

Once the dust settles, activities continue with a parade of fyfe and drum companies. The parade forms near the Grist Mill and marches to the Wayside Inn and onto the faire grounds. Over 20 musical corps play during the remainder of the afternoon.

Participation in the fife and drum muster is sought after by companies throughout the northeast. These groups include the host Sudbury Ancient Fyfe and Drum Companie, local groups including the Middlesex County Volunteers, William Diamond Jr. Fife and Drum Corps, Middlesex 4-H Fife and Drum Corps, Lincoln Minutemen, Stow Minutemen and Regimental Music of Saintonge and other groups.

Throughout the day, visitors to the faire will see militia groups representing both the colonists and the King. There will also be interpreters demonstrating various parts of colonial life including cooking, blacksmithing, woodworking and medicine. Games will also be available for children throughout the day.

Vendor and sutlers will be open for business while the faire is open. Items for sale include period clothing and accessories, dried herbs and floral products, wooden crafts and toys and gifts of all kinds. Food will be available for purchase including chowder and baked beans, baked goods and cider from the Sudbury Militia as well as a variety of other lunch and snack items.

Admission to the faire is $1 per person and is free for children under 12. Paid admission also includes a raffle ticket towards a gift certificate from the Wayside Inn. Parking is free at designated locations.

The Sudbury Companies of Militia and Minute was founded in 1964. The Companies are dedicated to portraying life during the colonial period and of Sudbury’s role in the early days of the Revolutionary War. Every April 19, the Sudbury Companies march from the old Sudbury Center to the North Bridge. In addition, they organize this colonial faire, host two contra dances, march in area parades and set up encampments for schools and historical societies.

The Sudbury Ancient Fyfe and Drum Companie was founded in 1966. The purpose of the Companie is to preserve the military music tradition of early America and to educate the public concerning our nation's history. Every year, the Ancients join the Militia on its march from Sudbury to the North Bridge as well as in many of the area parades. They also attend other musters in the northeast.

For more information, consult the following websites: www.sudburyminutemen.org and www.sudburyancients.org.

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10:00 AM to 4:00 PM
Rain or Shine


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Children under 12, Free. All others: $2.00

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72 Wayside Inn Road, Sudbury, MA, 01776 map

Arriving from the North
Exit Rt. 20 West from 128 (US 95). Follow Rt. 20 through the Towns of Weston, Wayland and Sudbury. Follow signs to Wayside Inn Road on right.

Arriving from the South
Exit Rt. 20 West from 128 (US 95). Follow Rt. 20 through the Towns of Weston, Wayland and Sudbury. Follow signs to Wayside Inn Road on right.

Arriving from Boston
Take the Massachusetts Turnpike to 128 North. Exit Route 20 West. Follow Rt. 20 through the Towns of Weston, Wayland and Sudbury. Follow signs to Wayside Inn Road on right.

Arriving from the West
Massachusetts Turnpike to Rt. 495 North. Exit Route 20 East. Follow through the town of Marborough to Sudbury. Wayside Inn Road is on the left.

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  • See the Dancing and Militia Skirmish in the Morning. Arrive before Noon to see the Parade of Fyfe and Drum Corps from all over New England. Shop for Colonial era items. Watch Colonial Craftsmen work.
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