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Volunteers Sought for Patriots’ Day Celebration & Colonial Fair at Foss Park April 17

Help celebrate Paul Revere’s famous ride from Boston to Lexington and Somerville’s revolutionary history by volunteering to be a part of Somerville’s Patriot’s Day festivities. The City is seeking volunteers to help publicize and support activities at the Colonial Fair on Monday, April 17, at Foss Park, which follows a reenactment of Revere’s ride. Both adults and Somerville students are welcome to sign up.   

Volunteers of all ages are needed in several areas including:  

  • Community Outreach 
  • Working with youth to create drawings about the Colonial Fair 
  • Educating youth and visitors on what Somerville was like during Colonial times 

Volunteer opportunities at the Fair for Somerville youth include: 

  • Reading aloud short poems 
  • Showing visitors how to play Colonial period games 

Volunteers will learn how to play historical games, including Bilbo catchers, cat’s cradle, hoop rolling, and ring toss, and lead visitors in these Colonial pastimes. 

Volunteers are encouraged, but not required, to dress in Colonial era garb. A limited selection of historical clothing is available for volunteers to borrow. Additionally, simple make-your-own instructions and resources will be shared with volunteers including those below. 

Make Your Own Paper Tricorner Hat or Neck Ruffle 

  • Paper hat and neck ruffle patterns: You’ll find a pattern sheet from the JFK Library for both a paper traditional tricorner hat and paper neck ruffle (known as a cravat). You’ll need to download, print, cut-out, and either staple or tape. The patterns are at
  • Instructional video: A video showing how to use the tricorner hat pattern above is at  
  • Internet and Printing access: Internet access and free printing of up to 20 black-and-white (or 10 color) sheets of paper is available at all three Somerville Public Libraries (

For more information or to volunteer, contact Historic Events and Education Coordinator Brandon Wilson via or 617-776-3938. 

Individuals with disabilities who need auxiliary aids and services for effective communication, written materials in alternative formats, or reasonable modifications in policies and procedures, in order to access the programs and activities of the City or to attend meetings, should contact the City’s ADA Coordinator, Adrienne Pomeroy, at 617-625-6600 x2059 or

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