Holy Family School's Colonial Day 2015

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It's not every morning that starts with literal fanfare at Holy Family School in Dale City. But Feb. 11, the sounds of the Revolutionary War transformed sleepyheads into enraptured boys and girls.

An all-school presentation from the U.S. Army Old Guard Fife and Drum Corps kicked off Colonial Day 2015. After the presentation, interpreters from the Rappahannock Colonial Heritage Society led students through a series of crafts, from tinsmithing to candle making, and introduced historic dances and games.

Nearby Rippon Lodge and Washington's Ferry Farm loaned several items to display and integrate into the flurry of activities. This year's Colonia Day, organized by parent coordinator Vickie Zadnik, ended with adoration in the church.

Colonial Day has brought 18th-century history to life for fourth- and seventh-graders almost every year for nearly 15 years.

Stoddard can be reached at cstoddard@catholicherald.com.

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Photo 1: The U.S. Army Old Guard Fife and Drum Corps performs a reinterpretation of Colonial-era music at an all-school assembly.

Photo 2: Students make pomanders, or Colonial-era air fresheners.

Photo 3: Holy Family School's fourth- and seventh-grade students make candles.

Photo 4: At one of Colonial Day's activity stations, fourth- and seventh-graders practice tinsmithing.

Photo 5: A fourth-grade girl colors in a language arts worksheet while waiting for historic interpreters to visit her classroom on Colonial Day.

Photo 6:Rappahannock Colonial Heritage Society interpreters visit the fourth-grade class at Holy Family School.

Photo 7: An interpreter from historic Rippon Lodge in Woodbridge helps a fourth-grade boy sew a satchel like the ones carried by soldiers in the Revolutionary War.

Photo 8: Fourth-grade girls enjoy a Colonial-style lunch, featuring ham, green beans, bread, pound cake and sweet potatoes mixed with baked apples. The students eat with their hands, just as children often did during the 18th century.

Find out more

To learn more about the U.S. Army Old Guard Fife and Drum Corps, go to fifeanddrum.army.mil. To learn more about the Rappahannock Colonial Heritage Society, go to rchsinc.org.

© Arlington Catholic Herald 2015