The Orange Historical Society will hold its annual Taste of the Past event on Saturday, April 9, from 1:00 to 3:30 pm at the Orange Congregational Church Community Room, located on Orange Center Road. Highlight of the program will be George Baker appearing as John Adams, second president of the United States. A light lunch of homemade soups, breads and desserts will be served at 1:00. The performance will begin at 2:30. The annual event, celebrating its tenth anniversary this year, also includes a silent auction of gift baskets and gift certificates.
Baker has been portraying the character of President Adams since 2008 in a one-man show throughout the country at national conventions and venues like Mystic Seaport, the Dwight D. Eisenhower Presidential Library in Kansas, the George H. W. Bush Presidential Library in Texas, and the Harry S. Truman Presidential Library in Missouri, and was featured as John Adams on National Public Radio’s weekend program, Studio 360. He has spoken twice to overflow crowds of more than 400 people at the Rancho Mirage Public Library in California.
John Adams was born in Braintree, Massachusetts in 1735 and practiced law in Boston where he represented and won the acquittal of the British soldiers charged with murder in the Boston Massacre of March 1770. In 1774 he was chosen to be one of the five delegates from Massachusetts to the Continental Congress in Philadelphia where in 1776 he was its most strenuous advocate for American independence from Great Britain. Later he served as ambassador from the Continental Congress to Paris, Holland and London and was Vice President in the administration of President George Washington. In 1796, he was elected President of the United States.
Dressed in the clothes Adams wore as President 1797-1801, Baker as John Adams talks about life with his wife Abigail and his views of history and society in a humorous and inspiring performance entitled “Meet John Adams – A Lively and Revolutionary Conversation with America’s Second President.
A graduate of Columbia College ’69 and Columbia Law School ’73, the New Canaan resident practices law in Connecticut when not on the road as John Adams.
The Orange Historical Society is committed to preserving Orange history for future generations. Sponsors are needed for this event in order to raise the funds needed to maintain the Academy Museum and the 1830 Stone-Otis House, both located on Orange Center Road, as well as raising funds to complete the restoration of the 1740 Bryan-Andrew House, located on Old Tavern Road.
Volunteers are needed to cook, bake, or serve. Call Phyllis Gwatkin, chair of the event, at 203-795-4549. For donations of gift baskets for the silent auction, call Priscilla Searles at 203-397-1465.
Because the Orange Historical Society expects this event to sell out, reservations are required. Tickets are $25 and will be sold first come, first served. No tickets will be sold at the door. Make checks payable to Orange Historical Society and send to: OHS, P.O. Box 784, Orange, CT 06477. Include your name, phone number and email with reservation.