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GW Birthday Party

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GW’S Birthday in 2019

Virginia Regiment George Mercer Co

will be in uniform

530 pm to 730 pm

Saturday February 16, 2018

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More Detail below on the invitation sent out:

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The French and Indian War

Foundation of Winchester

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invites you to celebrate

the birthday of

George Washington

in the Half Note Lounge

in the George Washington Hotel

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Friday, February  22, 2019  

5:30 to 8:30

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Christopher Collins Delegate Virginia Assembly was going to speak on Civility, a subject a 13 or 14 year old George Washington wrote on paper a copy of a much older French document of 1540, The Rules of Civility. . . Instead Christopher Collins’ wife spoke on the topic, especially emphasizing techniques that keep the friendship going despite disagreement. . . Thank you Thérèse Marie Collins for honoring George Washington’s Birthday with us and discussing the timely subject of Civility ! . . Pictured on left is Stevan Resan who portrays James Wood founder of the City of Winchester in 1744, now in its 275th Anniversary. . See story of Winchester’s 1744 Founding and 1752 Establishment. . .

 

Guest Speaker

Del. Chris Collins at 6:30

Topic “Civility”

A free event, all welcome

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*There will be a

choice of fantastic

appetizers

by Chef Marvin

$20. a plate

if you so desire

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Cash Bar

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James Wood will be present

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  Sponsor of this event, The Winchester Group, TWG Insurance

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Here is a picture

of some of the attendees.

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Sadly one of our

Board members,

R. Patrick (Pat) Murphy,

died earlier this week

who couldn’t make it to

George Washington’s Birthday

and who moved

to the Fort Loudoun Condos

next to the original

Fort Loudoun Winchester VA.

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See a story about Lightning Striking before Washington was born

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See story about George Washington’s first portrait

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More Stories on George Washington before the Revolutionary War

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GW’S Birthday in 2018

530 pm to 730 pm

Thursday February 22, 2018

George Washington Hotel’s restaurant,

Half Note Lounge

at the bar in the hotel

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Come by to hear a toast to George Washington,

or offer a toast yourself.

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GW was born on February 11, 1732 Old Style Calendar?

See the story on that.

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See Wikipedia article on most common US place names.
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Note:

Retrieve pictures of the Culvers and Fort Edwards group joining us in Winchester VA to observe George Washington’s Birthday.

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GW’S Birthday in 2017

2-4pm Sunday February 26

George Washington Hotel’s restaurant,

George’s Food and Spirits

downstairs in the hotel

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Meals to be ordered from limited menu

(not a complete menu)

at $30 for those wishing to order a meal.

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Come by to hear a toast to George Washington,

or offer a toast yourself

even if you don’t want to order a meal.

 

email please

fiwf.dsg@comcast.net

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GW BIRTHDAY PARTY 2016

2pm to 4pm, George Washington Hotel, 103 E. Piccadilly Street, Winchester Virginia. Go downstairs to George’s Food and Spirits Restaurant.

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Call 540-771-2743 or

email your reservation to the G.W. Hotel for dinner.

Emily McNemar’s email is emily@wyndhamwinchester.com

 

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Click on picture of flyer to enlarge. Hit backspace to come back here.

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2016 GW BIRTHDAY AT GW HOTEL

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Click on 2016 FLYER ON GW BIRTHDAY

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Note:

This is when Tony Elar Jr, his son and Jim Moyer came to hatch plans to create the Virginia Regiment George Mercer Co.

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Note:

Bob Maher, head of the CWEA, the Civil War Education Assn and American Forum, attended with Mike Conaboy.

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Last year’s GW Birthday Party: 2015

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Washington Birthday Celebration Invitation 22 Feb 2015

George Washington’s Birthday was celebrated

Sunday Februray 22, 2015 between 130pm to 330pm

at Georges Food & Spirits (the former Dancing Goat)

at the George Washington Hotel

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Click on their Facebook page

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About that portrait of Washington on the birthday cake? See this link about that uniform and the author of that portrait, Charles Willson Peale.

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George Washington was born in Virginia on February 11, 1731, according to the then-used Julian calendar. In 1752, however, Britain and all its colonies adopted the Gregorian calendar which moved Washington’s birthday a year and 11 days to February 22, 1732.

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See more on this calendar change

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At the recommendation of the Committee, chaired by Henry Clay of the Senate and Philemon Thomas of the House, Congress adjourned on February 22, 1832 out of respect for Washington’s memory and in commemoration of his birth.

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Washington’s Birthday, however, did not become a legal holiday until January 31, 1879.

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Welcome to GW on the Map

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Ignite a tradition.

Take a moment

to observe George Washington’s Birthday.

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A big story.

In fact you will always learn

something new in this story.

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We, in Winchester VA,

celebrate George Washington’s Birthday

every year

with an extra dazzle

of appreciation for his

10 year concentrated presence

in this town,

even representing it

from 1758 to 1761 (was elected to a 2nd term for Frederick Co in 1761 but went to Fairfax C0 to represent them) in the House of Burgesses.

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George Washington picked this western frontier town as the safest forward headquarters to defend against the French and Indians, not liking the isolation and exposure afflicting Fort Cumberland.

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See Wikipedia article on most common US place names.

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True Story?

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See a story about Lightning Striking before Washington was born.

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Birth Date Confusion?

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February 11, 1731 ? Or February 22, 1732 ?

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Why does Washington’s Birthday show 2 different dates for 2 different years?

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MORE ON THE 1750 ACT OF PARLIAMENT MAKING THE CALENDAR CHANGE

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First Portrait ever of George Washington

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See this unusual story

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LINKS

for further research:

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http://www.archives.gov/legislative/features/washington/

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http://www.timeanddate.com/calendar/julian-gregorian-switch.html

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MORE ON THE 1750 ACT OF PARLIAMENT MAKING THE CALENDAR CHANGE

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http://www.slate.com/articles/news_and_politics/explainer/2006/01/whats_benjamin_franklins_birthday.html
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Great link explaining all of this and more – http://www.cree.name/genuki/dates.htm
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Scotland had already partly made the change: the year began on 1 January in 1600. As a result of the Act, Scotland adopted the Gregorian calendar in 1752 http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Calendar_(New_Style)_Act_1750
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Thomas Jefferson, who lived during the time that the British Isles and colonies eventually converted to the Gregorian calendar, instructed that his tombstone bear his date of birth in the Old Style and his date of death in the New Style.[22] At Jefferson’s birth the difference was eleven days between the Julian and Gregorian calendars; thus his birthday of 2 April in the Old Style is 13 April in the New Style. Similarly, George Washington is nowadays officially reported as having been born on 22 February 1732, rather than on 11 February 1731/32 O.S.[23

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Sunday Februray 22, 2015

George Washington’s Birthday was celebrated

between 130pm to 330pm

at Georges Food & Spirits (the former Dancing Goat)

at the George Washington Hotel

Click on their Facebook page

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CALENDAR OLD STYLE AND NEW STYLE

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George Washington was born in Virginia on February 11, 1731, according to the then-used Julian calendar. In 1752, however, Britain and all its colonies adopted the Gregorian calendar which moved Washington’s birthday a year and 11 days to February 22, 1732.

The Gregorian Calendar was first introduced in 1582 in some European countries. However, many countries used the Julian Calendar much longer. Turkey was the last country to officially switch to the new system on January 1, 1927.

The reason why the Julian Calendar was out of step with the tropical year was the rule it used to define a Leap Year. The Julian Calendar had only one rule to determine whether a year would have 29 days in February instead of 28. If the year could be divided by 4 then it was considered to be a Leap Year. The Gregorian Calendar on the other hand has a more complicated rule for calculating what years will be Leap Years:

  • The year must be evenly divisible by 4;
  • If the year can be evenly divided by 100, it is not a Leap Year, unless;
  • The year is also evenly divisible by 400. Then it is a Leap Year.

At the recommendation of the Committee, chaired by Henry Clay of the Senate and Philemon Thomas of the House, Congress adjourned on February 22, 1832 out of respect for Washington’s memory and in commemoration of his birth.

Washington’s Birthday, however, did not become a legal holiday until January 31, 1879.

Sources are:

http://www.archives.gov/legislative/features/washington/

http://www.timeanddate.com/calendar/julian-gregorian-switch.html

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MORE DETAIL ON THE 1750 ACT OF PARLIAMENT MAKING THE CALENDAR CHANGE

 

George Washington birthday Feb 22, 1732 (old system Feb 11, 1731)
a) The provisions of the British Calendar (New Style) Act 1750, implemented in 1752, changing to the Gregorian calendar with the start of the year on January 1 (it had been March 25). These changes resulted in dates being moved forward 11 days, and for those between January 1 and March 25, an advance of one year.

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b) http://www.slate.com/articles/news_and_politics/explainer/2006/01/whats_benjamin_franklins_birthday.html
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c) Great link explaining all of this and more – http://www.cree.name/genuki/dates.htm
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d) 1751 was a short year of 282 days, running from 25 March to 31 December. 1752 began on 1 January …
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e) was advanced by 11 days: Wednesday 2 September 1752 was followed by Thursday 14 September 1752.
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f) The year 1752 was thus a short year (355 days) as well….
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g) Scotland had already partly made the change: the year began on 1 January in 1600. As a result of the Act, Scotland adopted the Gregorian calendar in 1752 http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Calendar_(New_Style)_Act_1750
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h) For example William III of England arrived at Brixham in England on 5 November (Julian calendar), after setting sail from the Netherlands on 11 November (Gregorian calendar), in 1688. For this reason, letters concerning diplomacy and international trade sometimes bore both old and new style dates to prevent confusion …
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i) Thomas Jefferson, who lived during the time that the British Isles and colonies eventually converted to the Gregorian calendar, instructed that his tombstone bear his date of birth in the Old Style and his date of death in the New Style.[22] At Jefferson’s birth the difference was eleven days between the Julian and Gregorian calendars; thus his birthday of 2 April in the Old Style is 13 April in the New Style. Similarly, George Washington is nowadays officially reported as having been born on 22 February 1732, rather than on 11 February 1731/32 O.S.[23
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j) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Old_Style_and_New_Style_dates
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k) Scotland had already partly made the change: the year began on 1 January in 1600 BUT IT STILL HAD TO MOVE 11 DAYS FORWARD WHEN IT JOINED ENGLAND IN 1752
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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Old_Style_and_New_Style_dates

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