Colonial Day Along The Gold Coast
The Upper East Side Magazine|Issue 61

Do you know about colonial day?

J.C. Duffy

At Nathan Hale One Regret Elementary School, where our son Oliver attends fifth grade, it’s a BIG production in which the school gym is transformed into a kind of Colonial America mall. Students research life as a particular colonial artisan and collect props and design shop signs to create their “storefront” in a refrigerator box. Colonial Day teaches students how to work as a team, hone their public speaking skills and spend money.

The kids wear tricorner hats, loose blouses, short pants and long skirts, and present their trade to an invited audience of enthusiastic parents. Each student prepares a presentation about their trade: tavern owner, shoemaker, glassblower, blacksmith, tinsmith, silversmith, gunsmith and all the other smiths. They remain in character while manning their booths.

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