Time: December 31, 2020 from 11am to 3pm
Location: Laurel Hill Cemetary
Street: 3822 Ridge Ave
Website or Map: http://bit.ly/1J8wznN
Event Type: crossposting, historical, general, meade
Organized By: John Voris, Lead Coordinator
Latest Activity: May 11
Since half of the name "Agile Philly" pertains to Philadelphia, it is appropriate that Agile Philly highlight those lesser known events in the city that are uniquely Philadelphian.
In that light, General George G Meade who defeated General Lee at the Battle of Gettysburg, is turning 205 years old on Dec 31st, 2020
A grand event will be held in his honor at his current residence, with many a champagne toast to salute his gallant life and many deeds. Brigantine Lighthouse and Fairmont Park are two examples of his talent and energy known to us locals.
This event begins at 11:30 am sharp with a formal parade starting at noon, and it will end in the early afternoon (when all the champagne is gone. Many of us bring extra to keep things going.) This party in the afternoon leaves plenty of time for other frivolities later in the evening.
Why Champagne ?
The great man did not drink whisky or beer, but only drank champagne when he did drink, so we toast him with champagne. Note that Beer will also be available. Great food, drink and company will abound, just for a picture of President Lincoln ( $5 ) !
Be there early for parking and to see the sights and sounds of true Philadelphians.
Tickets on the website are suggested, and there is a $5 cover charge, since quantities of Champagne will be distributed and consumed. There is no charge for those who come in civilian or military attire of the Civil War.
This is bound to be the event of the winter, so as they say in the 21st Century . . .
. . . Be There . . . or Be an equilateral four-sided polygon
Directions to Laurel Hill Cememtery at 3822 Ridge Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19132
http://www.generalmeadesociety.org for more information about the worlds greatest general, George Gordon Meade
P.S. The picture is of the General's devoted horse, Old Baldy, a survivor of many wounds from many civil war battles including Gettysburg. He is the only civil war participant around today which you can look eye to eye with.
Old Baldy is also available to answer any question you have about the civil war, but he is a little slow to respond.
Old Baldy still resides here in Philadelphia, and is usually seen dutifully welcoming visitors to the GAR Museum in the Frankford section of the city.
Unfortunately, I hear he will not be attending the ceremony because of his current mobility problems.