On Saturday, July 29, folks gathered at the Mount Independence State Historic Site to help the Coalition celebrate the publication of Strong Ground: Mount Independence and the American Revolution.
There was a little pomp and circumstance. Speakers included MIC president Steve Zeoli, author Don Wickman, Laura Trieschmann head of the Division for Historic Preservation, Ron Morgan and historian Gene Procknow.
The duo of Rick Klein and Peter Macfarlane of Atlantic Crossing performed the song “Mount Independence” during the ceremony, then regaled the audience with their fine Celtic-influenced folk music.
There were many people to thank for the making of Strong Ground, but no one was more responsible for the whole package than Ennis Duling, who served as editor and chief of the project and went above and beyond the call of duty. The Coalition was happy to award Ennis with a framed triptych of pages from the book as a token of thanks for his role in the project.
After the ceremonial part of the afternoon was completed, Ennis and Don cut the first piece of cake and the music and eating began.
The refreshments were provided by The Wheel Inn of Benson. (If you’ve never eaten there, treat yourself. A slice of one of their homemade pies is a meal in itself.)