FIRST TIME IN MORE THAN 240 YEARS, LONDON’S EAST INDIA CO. TEA RETURNS TO BOSTON TO BE THROWN INTO
BOSTON’S HISTORIC WATERS DURING THE
242nd BOSTON TEA PARTY ANNIVERSARY & ANNUAL REENACTMENT ON WED., DEC. 16, 2015
East India Company, the SAME Company From Where the Tea Came During the ACTUAL Boston Tea Party, Donates 100+ Lbs of Loose Tea
WHAT: For the first time since The Boston Tea Party took place on Dec. 16, 1773, London’s East India Company Tea will be making a splash again in Boston as East India Company is donating 100+ lbs of expired
loose tea which will [again] be thrown into Boston’s historic waters during the Destruction of the Tea part of the 242nd Boston Tea Party Anniversary & Annual Reenactment taking place on Wednesday, December 16, 2015 (the actual anniversary of The Boston Tea Party). The Boston Tea Party was the single most important event leading up to the American Revolution. This is one of the largest moving theatrical reenactment performances in the United States.
This annual reenactment is an opportunity for everyone to experience one of America’s most iconic public protests live where hundreds of reenactors from across New England bring to life the story of The Boston Tea Party and theatrically recreate the evening of Dec., 16, 1773. It begins with a fiery tea tax debate at Old South Meeting House, the actual historic hall where the colonists gathered to protest taxation without representation. Then, the public joins a lively procession to the waterfront, and witnesses as the Sons of Liberty destroy tea from the EIC into Boston’s historic waters at the Boston Tea Party Ships & Museum located over the same body of water where the Boston Tea Party took place 242 years ago! For a brief video overview, click here.
WHEN: WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 16, 2015 – Actual Historic Anniversary of The Boston Tea Party
6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
TIMELINE: 6:30 – 7:30 p.m. – The Meeting of the Body of the People – TICKETED EVENT (Ticket includes access to a reserved viewing area along the waterfront for the destruction of the tea)
Old South Meeting House – 310 Washington Street at Milk Street, Boston, MA
Ticket holders join a spirited and theatrical colonial debate at Old South Meeting House to protest the tax on tea and demand liberty from the British crown, just as thousands of colonists did in this very building more than 240 years ago. Samuel Adams, John Hancock, Paul Revere and other Patriot leaders join in a heated debate with crown-loving Loyalists in this final attempt to peaceably resolve the crisis before the midnight deadline. Visitors are encouraged to join in, letting their voices be heard in the very place where Boston’s most famous act of rebellion began.
7:30 – 8:00 p.m. – Huzzah for Griffin’s Wharf! – FREE & OPEN TO THE PUBLIC
Procession from Old South Meeting House to the Boston Tea Party Ships & Museum – Milk Street to Congress Street to Pearl Street
Led by fife and drums, the public is invited to march with the reenactors from Old South Meeting House to Boston’s historic waterfront where Griffin’s Wharf once stood along the same route the Sons of Liberty took to Boston Harbor to destroy the tea in 1773!
8:00 – 8:30 p.m. – Boston Harbor, a Tea Pot Tonight! – FREE & OPEN TO THE PUBLIC (Ticket holders have access to a reserved viewing area on the Harborwalk)
Destruction of the Tea at the Boston Tea Party Ships & Museum – 306 Congress St. on the Congress Street Bridge, Boston, MA
The public is invited to line the shores of Boston Harbor and watch as the Sons of Liberty storm the Brig Beaver and destroy chest after chest of East India tea, just as colonists did 242 years before. In this fully narrated program, the Sons of Liberty open the hold and hoist tea chests on deck. Tea chests are broken open and actual tea from the East India Company is spilled into Boston’s historic waters. Viewers are encouraged to cheer “Huzzah” as they witness the dramatic conclusion of this single most important event leading up to the American Revolution.
TICKETS: General Admission tickets are $25/per person.
To purchase tickets go to: http://gottea2015.bpt.me or visit Old South Meeting House at 310 Washington Street, Boston, MA.
Tickets include admission to the Meeting of the Body of the People at Old South Meeting House and access to an exclusive reserved viewing area on Boston’s Harborwalk for the Destruction of the Tea. All ticket proceeds help support Old South Meeting House, a non-profit National Historic Landmark. This event takes place rain, sleet, snow or shine.
NOTE: Both Old South Meeting House and Boston Tea Party Ships & Museum will be free and open to the public on Wed., December 16, 2015 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
WHERE: Old South Meeting House
310 Washington St.
Boston Tea Party Ships & Museum
306 Congress St. (on the Congress St. Bridge)
BOSTON RESTAURANTS & BARS OFFER DOSE OF PATRIOTISM WITH TEA-INSPIRED SPECIALS:
OFFERED THE MONTH OF DECEMBER 2015 –
Barlow’s (241 A St) – Hard Teatini – Deep Eddy Sweet Tea Vodka, Cointreau and lemonade – $11
Bastille Kitchen (49 Melcher St) – Tea Smoked Mussels Marinière with Earl Grey salt and rouille toast – $14
Blue State Coffee (155 Seaport Blvd & 957 Commonwealth Ave. – Boston, MA) Also available at cafes in Providence, RI & New Haven, CT) – Patriot Blend Coffee & Revolutionary Blend Tea
Bon Me (313 Congress St) – Bon Me Tea Special – choice of sandwich, rice bowl, noodle salad or salad, a deviled tea egg – eggs soaked in a black tea topped with homemade spicy mayo, cayenne pepper and scallions, and a Thai iced tea – $12
Harpoon Brewery (306 Northern Ave) – annual/seasonal Boston Tea Party Ale – craft beer made with Souchong tea, a classic black tea from the Wuyi Mountains in the Fujian province of China. Tea is provided by the Boston Tea Party Ships & Museum and is famous for its very distinctive smoky aroma. It is one of the five tea blends thrown into Boston’s historic waters during the Boston Tea Party.
Pastoral (345 Congress St) – …Two, If By Tea – Denizen Merchant’s Reserve Rum, limoncello, chai masala syrup, Earl Grey tea topped with espresso and lemon verbena foam – $12
RumBa (510 Atlantic Ave):
Life & LiberTea – Rum steeped with Earl Grey tea, honey syrup and muddled lemons – $14
Tea Act – Rum, Domaine de Canton Ginger Liqueur, Mathilde Pêche, iced tea, muddled ginger and lemon juice – $14
Scholar’s (25 School St) – Smirnoff Boston Tea Party – Smirnoff® Vodka, house-infused honey peach tea, topped with a splash of lemon juice – tall and over rocks – $10
Taj Boston Hotel (15 Arlington St) – Churchill’s Tea Cocktail – Absolut® Hibiskus, PAMA, house-made Lapsang Souchong tea, Taj’s own rooftop honey simple syrup, lemon sour, topped with a pinch of cayenne pepper – $16. Named in honor of Winston Churchill who used to stay at the hotel in the late 1940s and loved Lapsang Souchong tea.
OFFERED WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 16, 2015 (242nd BOSTON TEA PARTY ANNIVERSARY) –
Barking Crab (88 Sleeper St) – The Crabby Tea Party – one cup of clam chowder, one entree of Harpoon IPA battered fish & chips and a pint of Harpoon IPA – $25
Pi Alley Garage (275 Washington St) – special parking rate from 5p.m. – 11 p.m. – $9/hour
Smith & Wollensky (294 Congress St):
Boston Tea Party Reenactment Prix Fixe Dinner – 3-course prix-fixe menu featuring fall seasonal preparations of signature steaks, seafood, sides & desserts, paired with Samuel Adams Boston Lager™ – $45
Boston Tea Party Martini – Absolut® Wild Tea Vodka, lemon juice and simple syrup – $13
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