Chapter News - Events Calendar

2017 Chapter Dinner Meetings

(All meetings held at the Hilton Charlotte Executive Park Hotel, 5624 Westpark Drive in Charlotte, NC 28217 Phone 704-527-8000. Click here for directions to the hotel.)

14 SEPTEMBER 2017 - We welcome The Mecklenburg SAR chapter welcomes Cherokee Chief Attakullakulla for a dinner presentation on August 17 2017 in Charlotte.Attakullakulla, Peace Chief of the Cherokee Nation from about 1754 until his death (ca.1780-1783). He was called the "most important Indian of his day." He was trained to become a leader among the Cherokee people. Attakullakulla is portrayed magnificently by Captain Robert K. Rambo (USA, Ret.), who earned his BA (History) from the Virginia Military Institute, his teacher certification (History) at UVAWise, and his M.A. (US History Cherokee Studies Program) at Western Carolina University. His research centered on Attakullakulla during the 18th century Tickets are $27 for adults and $15 for children. Doors open at 6:00pm. Buy tickets online here. Or download the RSVP form and mail it in with your check here.

16 NOVEMBER 2017 - We welcome The Mecklenburg SAR chapter welcomes historical author and storyteller Randell Jones on November 16 2017 and his presentation on "Saving Col. Williams"back to our chapter for the 4th year in a row, historical author and storyteller Randell Jones! You'll delight in hearing Randell's new story of "Saving Col. Williams," which revolves around the SC Militia and the Lincoln County Militia at the Battle of Kings Mountain. Randell's telling of the story attempts to rectify the differing accounts of the role and motivations of Colonel James Williams with his known character, that of a true and courageous patriot. Col. James Williams arrived at The Cowpens in command of the South Carolina militiamen and the men he had recruited in North Carolina. Williams was a valiant patriot. He had a long career of service during the Revolution and was one of the three commanders at the Battle of Musgrove’s Mill. RSVP soon.

2018 Chapter Dinner Meetings

(All meetings held at the Hilton Charlotte Executive Park Hotel, 5624 Westpark Drive in Charlotte, NC 28217 Phone 704-527-8000. Click here for directions to the hotel.)

You can see President Thomas Jefferson visit the Mecklenburg SAR on February 15 2018 in Charlotte.15 FEBRUARY 2018 - We welcome President Thomas Jefferson as our very special guest for our 2018 President's Day Community Dinner! Join us for this special occasion as historical actor Bill Barker has he presents our 3rd president of the United States, Thomas Jefferson, and his unique view of American politics and history. Dinner and presentation will be limited to 220 people. You can visit Bill Barker's website here. He has continued to appear as Jefferson for Colonial Williamsburg, and assists in the development of Jefferson programs for the Foundation. RSVP information to be posted soon.

American Revolutionary War historical artist Dan Nance comes to the Mecklenburg SAR meeting on May 17 2018.17 MAY 2018 - Historical artist Dan Nance is our special guest for the May meeting! During his twenty year career, Nance has released over two dozen prints and graced numerous book and magazine covers, growing a wide audience of authoritative scholars and historical interpreters who respect his integrity, as well as faithful patrons and enthusiasts who love his action-packed and emotional portrayals of our past. Dan will bring some of his most popular American Revolution prints and will have several for sale. RSVP will be available soon.

2017 Chapter Events

16 August 2017 - SOCIAL LUNCH! Get ready to be social! Everybody, spouses, guests, friends...you're all invited to the monthly Summer Social Lunches beginning at 11:30am at Dilworth Neighborhood Grille, 911 E Morehead St., Charlotte, NC 28204. RSVP to Jay Joyce at jay@mecklenburgsar.org. Come have fun. Come be social. Come meet new people. Eat food! We look forward to seeing you for the return of our Summer Social Lunches!

19 August 2017 - *North Carolina SAR Color Guard Event* The Summer North Carolina BOM will be held from 11:30am to 2:00pm in the Wachovia Room at the Old Salem Visitor Center, 900 Old Salem Road, Winston-Salem, NC 27101. Lunch is $25 per person. You can RSVP online here.

26 August 2017 - Mecklenburg Chapter Board of Managers Meeting! BOM will begin at 11:00am at Carolina Prime Steakhouse, 225 E Woodlawn Rd., Charlotte, NC 28217. Chapter board members are expected to attend to discuss chapter business!

9 September 2017 - **New Event!** Grave marking service for Patriot Joshua Jones at the Biltmore House Estate, sponsored by the Blue Ridge Chapter, North Carolina SAR, and the Daniel Morgan Chapter, South Carolina SAR. The ceremony begins at 2:00pm on the grounds of the Biltmore Estate. Due to the limited parking, participants are asked to park their cars at Inanda Baptist Church, 590 Brevard Road, Asheville, NC. A shuttle will be provided to take participants to the gravesite. Please plan on arriving no later than 1:30pm to be able to allow for the registration of any wreaths to be presented. Also, participants are asked to bring lawn chairs as seating will be very limited. For more information, please contact Jim Cook with the Blue Ridge Chapter at blueridgesar@wildblue.net or John Hoyle with the Daniel Morgan Chapter at jdhoyle@rocketmail.com. We invite all SAR, Color Guard members and DAR members!

16 September 2017 - Annual SAR vigil at George and Martha Washington's tomb in Mt. Vernon, VA. Like before, we will meet at the Administration (Cunningham) Building at 8:00am and walk down to tomb at 8:30am sharp so that we have the first Color Guard in place at 9:00am.  Remember NO Muskets, Swords or other weapons are allowed. The watch will start at 9:00am and change every 15 minutes (30 minutes depending on the weather and number of participants.) The last shift will end at 5:30pm if we have sufficient participation. If you are attending and would like more information, please contact Mark Anthony at sarwashingtonvigil@gmail.com.

20 September 2017 - SOCIAL LUNCH! Get ready to be social! Everybody, spouses, guests, friends...you're all invited to the monthly Summer Social Lunches beginning at 11:30am at Dilworth Neighborhood Grille, 911 E Morehead St., Charlotte, NC 28204. RSVP to Jay Joyce at jay@mecklenburgsar.org. Come have fun. Come be social. Come meet new people. Eat food! We look forward to seeing you.

23 September 2017 - You’re invited to attend a very special compatriot graveside service for our Society’s dear friend and leader, Tim Berly. The honor ceremony will be held beginning at 10:30am at Raleigh Memorial Park Cemetery, 7501 Glenwood Avenue, Raleigh, NC 27612. (directions to the exact gravesite to come.) Tim already has a SAR marker at his headstone. Our program will focus on honoring Tim’s service to our Society, speeches from his sister, Patti, and tributes from SAR leaders. Then, we can all travel together to a close Irish Pub for fellowship, laughter and story telling, just as Tim would want! To RSVP, please email Jay Joyce at jay@mecklenburgsar.org. Let’s all join together and let Tim know that his SAR friends are there to honor his life.

7 October 2017 - *SAR National Color Guard Event* The 237th Anniversary of the Battle of Kings Mountain begins at 11:00am at the Visitor's Center, 5 I-85, Kings Mountain, NC 28086. Participants presenting a wreath must deliver it to the Visitors Center no later than 9:30 am on October 7th for labeling and transportation to the monument. Transportation will be provided for those needing assistance to the monument. Continental, militia or period attire is encouraged. Please send wreath presentation RSVP's to Brian Smith at briantreesmith@gmail.com. Download the itinerary and RSVP form here.

14 October 2017 - Our Mecklenburg chapter and the Gen. William Lee Davidson Chapter, Sons of the Revolution in NC, are sponsoring a joint grave marking for Patriot General Robert Irwin, signer of the Mecklenburg Declaration of Independence. The ceremony begins at 10:30am at Steele Creek Presbyterian Church, 7407 Steele Creek Road, Charlotte, NC 28217. Color Guard members are encouraged to attend. Please RSVP to Gus Succop at bgsuccop@bellsouth.net or Dave Alls at david.a.alls@gmail.com. General Irwin was the first state senator elected from Mecklenburg County. There will be a lunch at a local restaurant following the dedication.

18 October 2017 - SOCIAL LUNCH! Get ready to be social! Everybody, spouses, guests, friends...you're all invited to the monthly Summer Social Lunches beginning at 11:30am at Dilworth Neighborhood Grille, 911 E Morehead St., Charlotte, NC 28204. RSVP to Jay Joyce at jay@mecklenburgsar.org. Come have fun. Come be social. Come meet new people. Eat food! We look forward to seeing you.

21 October 2017 - The Colson's Mill Chapter is hosting a grave marking ceremony for Patriot Corporal Thomas Cassel/Castle. The ceremony will begin at 10:30 am at the cemetery site located in a wooded area in an open field located across from the intersection of McSwain Rd and Half Mile Rd in Albemarle, NC. There will be a short reception with refreshments following the ceremony at the Pine Grove Methodist Church Fellowship Hall, 28766 Hwy 24-27, Albemarle, NC. Color Guard members, SAR and DAR are all invited to this historic cemetery and event. Please contact Daniel Burleson, president of Colson's Mill Chapter, at dbnut8@yahoo.com for RSVP wreath presentations or questions.

4 November 2017 - Charlotte Veterans Day Parade kicks off at 11:00am in Uptown Charlotte. To participate in the Color Guard, please RSVP with Dave Alls at david.a.alls@gmail.com. We will all gather at The Idea People parking lot and ride a bus from the parking lot to the parade start, then back again. Bus leaves promptly at 10:30am.

11 November 2017 - Proposed Patriot grave marking ceremony at Ramah Presbyterian Church, 14401 Ramah Church Road, Huntersville, NC 28078. More details as the event gets closer. Chapter member John Allen is coordinating the ceremony.

13 November 2017 - American Airlines Freedom Breakfast begins at 7:30am at the Sheraton Hotel in Uptown Charlotte. Limited attendance! Email Jay Joyce to attend at jay@mecklenburgsar.org.

16 December 2017 - *SAR National Color Guard Event* Join the Mecklenburg chapter for the annual Wreaths Across America ceremony and Veterans wreath laying ceremony at Forest Lawn East Cemetery, 3700 Forest Lawn Drive, Matthews, NC 28104 beginning at 12 noon. Color Guard is encouraged to attend. Please help us reach our chapter goal of 25 wreaths by donating a wreath here. To participate, please contact Jay Joyce at jay@mecklenburgsar.org.

2018 Chapter Events

26 January 2018 - "The Night Before Cowan's Ford" annual Friday night dinner for all SAR, DAR, CAR, SR and Davidson community members will be held beginning at 5:45pm for a cash bar and social mixer with dinner beginning at 6:30pm at River Run Country Club, 19125 River Falls Drive, Davidson, NC 28036! Dinner will be a HUGE event this year. Special guest will be His Excellency General The Most Honourable Charles Cornwallis, 1st Marquess Cornwallis. Contact Jay Joyce for more information at jay@mecklenburgsar.org. Seating is limited to 140 people. Group tickets, entire table tickets and individual tickets will be available beginning October 1, 2017. You know there will be a clash between the British escorts, Lord Cornwallis and our SAR compatriots! Come prepared for an evening of remarkable comments from Lord Cornwallis, loud Huzzahs from all in attendance and a possible standoff between British and Patriot soldiers!

27 January 2018 - *SAR National Color Guard Event* Join us for the 237th Anniversary of the Battle of Cowan's Ford beginning at 10:00am at Hopewell Presbyterian Church, 10500 Beatties Ford Road, Huntersville, NC 28078. Our annual biscuit and coffee breakfast begins at 9:00am. To present a wreath and participate in the Color Guard, please contact Cowan's Ford Chairman Stephen McKee at stephen.p.mckee@gmail.com or Jay Joyce at jay@mecklenburgsar.org.

27 January 2018 - *North Carolina SAR State Color Guard Event* North Carolina SAR Winter Board of Manager's meeting will take place immediately following the Cowan's Ford ceremony at Hopewell Presbyterian Church, 10500 Beatties Ford Road, Huntersville, NC 28078. The BOM begins at 11:30am in the church gymnasium and cafeteria at the church. Ticket price and RSVP will be up soon. For more information, please contact George Strunk at gkstrunk2@gmail.com.

9 November 2018 - "33 Patriots" Dinner of Honor begins at 6:00pm with a cash bar and social gathering at the Trump National Golf Club in Mooresville, NC. VIP guests are being invited. Event cost will be in the $75 per person range for VIP reception, VIP dinner, event presentation and photo session afterward. Valet parking included. Event is formal attire. Colonial uniforms and dress are appropriate for men and women. This event is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity that is not to be missed. Event limited to 300 people only. Tentative details at this time. More later. Contact Jay Joyce at jay@mecklenburgsar.org for questions. We will be offering group table tickets in addition to individual tickets.

10 November 2018 - "33 Patriots" event at Centre Presbyterian Church in Mooresville. We are marking 33 Patriot graves in this cemetery. An upcoming website will be launched that will hold all the details about this program and how you can get involved. Please put this date on your calendar and get involved with our chapter to deliver this fantastic project.