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Aug8
HISTORIC RE-ENACTORS ADD AUTHENTICITY TO HERMIONE 2015 VOYAGE
Aug5
Say Au Revoir to The Hermione: Last Stop in Lunenburg, Nova Scotia Before Returning to France
Jul28
Lafayette at Monticello: “The Happy days I Have Past” : A Talk with Assistant Curator Emilie Johnson, Monticello
Jul21
A Talk with Ursula Reed, Chair, Washington-Rochambeau Revolutionary Route, and Dr. Robert Selig, Historian, W3R-US
Jul18
HERMIONE MAKES A BIG IMPACT IN CASTINE, MAINE – ON BASTILLE DAY, JULY 14, 2015
Jul13
HERMIONE FRIGATE ARRIVES IN BOSTON TO TUMULTUOUS WELCOME ON JULY 11, 2015
Jul11
A Talk with David Dearinger, Curator of Lafayette: An American Icon at the Boston Athenæum
Jul10
Hermione Arrives in Historic Newport, Rhode Island
Jul9
Greenport, NY Greets Hermione with Great Fanfare July 6-7 Visit Warmly Welcomed on Long Island
Jul5
HERMIONE FRIGATE IN VIEW OF THE STATUE OF LIBERTY DURING JULY 4 PARADE OF SHIPS
Jul2
Triumphant Arrival of Hermione to New York’s Pier 15 at South Street Seaport Museum
Jun29
THE HERMIONE RE-ENACTMENT DINNER AT PHILADELPHIA’S CITY TAVERN IS AN AUTHENTIC BLAST! Marquis-mania Enlivens Philadelphia Waterfront with Tall Ships
Jun25
FRENCH-AMERICAN LIAISON EXTRAORDINAIRE: A TALK WITH NICOLE YANCEY
Jun22
HERMIONE’S BENEDICT DONNELLY SPEAKS IN ANNAPOLIS
Jun17
A Conversation with Paul Raschilla, Partner, AKF Group A Supporter of Hermione’s Visit to the Inner Harbor, Baltimore, Maryland
Jun10
Fireworks At Mount Vernon, Virginia During Hermione’s Visit on June 9, 2015
Jun8
Hermione Arrives In Yorktown With A Bang!
Jun2
Rendezvous of France’s Hermione and U.S. Navy’s USS Mitscher Off Virginia Coast
Jun1
A SHORT HISTORY OF THE ASSOCIATION HERMIONE-LA FAYETTE
May29
A Talk with Dr. Valerie Paley, New-York Historical Society on Its Current Exhibit: “Lafayette’s Return: The “Boy General,” the American Revolution, and the Hermione.”
May26
The Florida Friends of Hermione-Lafayette in America Host Four Successful Fundraisers Collecting $200,000
May7
Lafayette’s Arrival on April 27, 1780 Celebrated By Massachusetts Lafayette Society On Hancock’s Wharf, Boston
May5
Hermione-Lafayette President Miles Young Addresses Naval War College in Newport, Rhode Island
Apr30
WORLD PREMIERE OF LAFAYETTE,
Apr13
LAFAYETTE, THE PLAY at FIAF’s Florence Gould Hall Theater in New York
Apr7
LAFAYETTE COMES ALIVE: A TALK WITH LAURENT FERRI, CURATOR AND ADJUNCT ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR, CORNELL UNIVERSITY
Apr2
Lafayette’s Key Role in the American Revolution is Celebrated in a New Society of the Cincinnati Exhibit
Mar25
FRIENDS OF HERMIONE-LAFAYETTE IN AMERICA GATHER IN PALM BEACH FOR CELEBRATORY GALA
Mar24
Gérard Araud, French Ambassador Welcomes Friends of Hermione-Lafayette in America, Inc. at Washington, D.C. Reception
Mar18
PRINCE CHARLES LEARNS OF HERMIONE’S VISIT TO GEORGE WASHINGTON’S MOUNT VERNON
Mar15
Commonwealth of Virginia Declares March 14 as Lafayette Day
Mar14
Hermione Frigate Welcomes Hennessy on Board
Mar9
HERMIONE’S ARTISANAL ACHIEVEMENT
Feb18
AHOY! HERMIONE SETS SAIL TO AMERICA….AGAIN!
Feb14
French Language Students in New England Invited To Enter Hermione Contest
Jan31
Hermione-Lafayette Rallies Support in Coral Gables, Florida
Jan18
2015 – The Year of Hermione Comes to the United States
Dec23
FRANCE MAGAZINE DEVOTES COVER STORY TO THE HERMIONE!
Dec9
THE MARQUIS: LAFAYETTE RECONSIDERED
Dec8
FRIENDS OF HERMIONE-LAFAYETTE IN AMERICA SALUTE OUR ARMED FORCES ON VETERANS DAY
Dec4
LAFAYETTE SYMPOSIUM AT LYCÉE FRANÇAIS DE NEW YORK
Dec4
NYC GATHERING WITH MILES YOUNG, PRESIDENT, FRIENDS OF HERMIONE-LAFAYETTE IN AMERICA
Dec3
BRITISH TRAVEL WRITERS COMMEND HERMIONE FRIGATE PROJECT IN 2014
Nov12
ABOARD HERMIONE: MARC JENSEN’S LOG NOTES
Oct15
GALA HIGHLIGHTS FROM FRIENDS OF HERMIONE-LAFAYETTE IN AMERICA ON THE USS INTREPID
Oct14
FOH-LA’S MARC JENSEN ON BOARD HERMIONE IN BORDEAUX!
Oct10
HERMIONE’S TRIUMPHAL ARRIVAL IN BORDEAUX!
Sep16
THE SIEGE WILL COMMENCE TOMORROW AT YORKTOWN
Sep8
HERMIONE ON ITS WAY TO THE ATLANTIC!
Sep6
HAPPY BIRTHDAY LAFAYETTE!
Sep2
THE PERILS OF PEACE – CELEBRATING THE 231ST ANNIVERSARY OF THE TREATY OF VERSAILLES
Aug21
MARC JENSEN – HERMIONE’S “MARITIME AMBASSADOR”
Jul13
LAFAYETTE – HERO OF TWO WORLDS, THREE REVOLUTIONS
Jul3
CHEF WALTER STAIB VISITS HERMIONE TO FILM “A TASTE OF HISTORY” EPISODE
Jun25
MILES YOUNG RECEIVES NAVY LEAGUE’s LEADERSHIP AWARD
Jun11
FRENCH NAVY FRIGATE LA FAYETTE VISITS YORKTOWN COMMEMORATING FRANCO-AMERICAN ALLIANCE
Jun9
GALA CELEBRATES HERMIONE FRENCH FRIGATE OF LIBERTY ABOARD USS INTREPID on OCTOBER 14, 2014
May22
AHOY! SAVE THE DATE: OCT. 14, 2014 GALA ABOARD THE INTREPID TO CELEBRATE HERMIONE 2015 VOYAGE
Apr15
MEET ANNE RENAULT – HERMIONE’S SAILMAKER
Apr10
BEFORE NEW AMSTERDAM, NEW YORK WAS CALLED NEW ANGOULÊME!
Mar28
LAFAYETTE IN FOCUS AT UPCOMING MONTICELLO SYMPOSIUM
Mar25
CAPTAIN’S CHRONICLE NO. 7 – ANCHORS AWAY!
Mar18
YOU WOULD HAVE THOUGHT LAFAYETTE WAS A FAMOUS HIGH SCHOOL PRINCIPAL
Feb23
DRUM ROLL FOR L’HERMIONE FROM SONS OF THE REVOLUTION!
Feb16
ADOPTED SON: WASHINGTON, LAFAYETTE, AND THE FRIENDSHIP THAT SAVED THE REVOLUTION
Feb6
VISIT TO MONTICELLO BY PRESIDENT OBAMA AND PRESIDENT HOLLANDE OF FRANCE
Feb3
FLORIDA TO SUPPORT LAFAYETTE’S 2015 HERMIONE VOYAGE
Feb2
PHILADELPHIA PREPARES FOR LAFAYETTE’S 2015 HERMIONE VOYAGE
Jan27
A FRENCH SILVER BOTTLE SLIDER: LAFAYETTE’S GIFT TO WASHINGTON
Jan16
MILES YOUNG BRINGS LESSONS OF L’HERMIONE-LAFAYETTE TO LYCEE FRANCAIS de NEW YORK
Jan14
CAPTAIN’S CHRONICLE NO. 6 – THE SPRITSAIL, SYMBOL OF ANCIENT NAVIGATION
Dec31
CAPTAIN’S CHRONICLE NO. 5: HERMIONE’S BALLAST: STABLE AND STRONG
Dec27
CAPTAIN’S CHRONICLE NO. 4: HERMIONE ARTISANS SET SAIL IN A RUSSIAN FRIGATE
Dec2
PBS – “LAFAYETTE: THE LOST HERO” AIRS 9PM, DECEMBER 3, 2013
Nov15
“RECREATING LAFAYETTE’S FRIGATE” IN THE NEW YORK TIMES
Nov11
CAPTAIN’S CHRONICLE NO. 3: POWERING THE HERMIONE
Sep26
NEW YORK WELCOMES HERMIONE-LAFAYETTE VOYAGE 2015 TO THE USA AT FRENCH CONSULATE RECEPTION ON SEPTEMBER 25, 2013
Sep25
CAPTAIN’S CHRONICLE NO. 2: GETTING THE DETAILS RIGHT
Sep25
WELCOME TO OUR BRAND NEW WEBSITE
Sep24
CAPTAIN’S CHRONICLE NO. 1: WELCOME!
Sep23
INTRODUCING OUR NEW LOGO
Sep19
AUTHENTICITY BUT WITH A TOUCH OF MODERNITY
Sep19
THE THIRD MAST IS INSTALLED
Jun15
RISING SPLENDOR
Apr4
L’HERMIONE GAINS HER FINAL TWO LOWER MASTS
Mar25
THE FIRST STAGE OF THE MAST CONSTRUCTION
Nov12
UNVEILING OF THE FIGUREHEAD
Mar31
MARCH 2012 PHOTO GALLERY BY PHILIP PLISSON
Jan20
REBIRTH OF THE BOAT LOCKS
Jan17
PREPARING FOR LAUNCH, PHASE 2: THE SHORING
Jan5
PREPARING FOR LAUNCH, PHASE 1: DISMANTLING THE TENT
Dec28
INSTALLATION OF THE ENGINES
Dec14
COMPLETION OF THE ORNAMENTS
Nov18
FLANGES FOR THE ENGINE
Nov15
END OF THE HULL’S PAINT JOB
Nov11
COMPLETION OF THE QUARTER GALLERIES
Jul8
THE RIGGING: START OF THE WORK
THE HERMIONE RE-ENACTMENT DINNER AT PHILADELPHIA’S CITY TAVERN IS AN AUTHENTIC BLAST! Marquis-mania Enlivens Philadelphia Waterfront with Tall Ships
June 29, 2015

The Hermione announces its arrival on the Delaware River as it comes to Philadelphia for its June 26-28, 2015 visit. Photograph courtesy: The Philadelphia Tribune

Docked on the waterfront of Philadelphia, the Hermione and all the Tall Ships attracted thousands of visitors. Photo: Bess Reynolds for Friends of Hermione-Lafayette in America, Inc.

Miles Young, left, President, Friends of Hermione-Lafayette in America, Inc. and, right, Mark F. Squilla, 1st District Councilman, City Council, City of Philadelphia, on board the Hermione on June 26, 2015. Photo: Bess Reynolds for Friends of Hermione-Lafayette in America, Inc.

The Three Nautical Musketeers on board the Hermione: Francis Latreille, official photographer of the Hermione, left; Benedict Donnelly, center, President of Association Hermione-La Fayette; and Miles Young, right, President, Friends of Hermione-Lafayette in America, Inc. Photo: Bess Reynolds for Friends of Hermione-Lafayette in America, Inc.

Left to right: Hermione Captain Yann Cariou; City Tavern Chef Walter Staib; and Jean-Francois Fountaine, Mayor of La Rochelle, who presented Chef Staib with a specially commissioned French porcelain plate from the City of La Rochelle to City Tavern on the occasion of the Hermione Re-Enactment Dinner of June 26, 2015. Photo: Bess Reynolds for Friends of Hermione-Lafayette in America, Inc.

The salad course, based on an authentic colonial American recipe, is called SALMAGUNDI, which is inspired by Martha Washington’s dinner notations in her private journal, according to Chef Walter Staib. It was the first of four courses enjoyed on June 16, 2015 at of City Tavern. Photo: Bess Reynolds for Friends of Hermione-Lafayette in America, Inc.

A RAGOO OF OYSTERS was the appetizer served on June 26, 2015 at City Tavern, and based on a popular recipe from Hannah Glasse’s cookbook entitled, “The Art of Cooking made Plaine and Easy,” first published in 1747.Photo: Bess Reynolds for Friends of Hermione-Lafayette in America, Inc.

The main course, called “VEAL OLIVES,” which contains no olives at all. As Chef Staib explained: “The dish gets its name from the fact that the veal scaloppini look like large olives, which are rolled with [crabmeat] stuffing, , at City Tavern on June 26, 2015. Photo: Bess Reynolds for Friends of Hermione-Lafayette in America, Inc.

For dessert, one and all enjoyed a classic French sweet called CRÈME BRULEE, at City Tavern on June 26, 2015. Photo: Bess Reynolds for Friends of Hermione-Lafayette in America, Inc.

General George Washington and Major General Lafayette honored the Hermione Re-Enactment Dinner at City Tavern with their presence, complete with proposing many toasts, huzzahs by these two talented ‘re-enactors’ on June 26, 2015. Photo: Bess Reynolds for Friends of Hermione-Lafayette in America, Inc.

On June 26, 2015, the Friends of Hermione-Lafayette in America (FOHLA) and Moët Hennessy, FOHLA’s Grand Benefactor, welcomed guests to the Hermione Re-Enactment Dinner at Philadelphia’s City Tavern. Curated by City Tavern Chef Walter Staib, each of the four dinner courses were sourced from authentic 18th century recipes by Martha Washington and Hannah Glasse, author of “The Art of Cooking made Plaine and Easy,” published in 1747. Chef Staib is FOHLA’s official Culinary Ambassador for dinner events both in Philadelphia and Boston, when the Hermione visits from July 11-12, 2015.

Preceded by cocktails aboard the Hermione, the Re-Enactment Dinner was attended by 180 distinguished guests and supporters, which commemorated the 1781 visit of the Continental Congress on board the Hermione. Open to tours by the public, who have come by the thousands to the waterfront on the Delaware River, the Hermione visits Philadelphia from June 25-28, before sailing on to New York City, where she will be berthed at the South Street Seaport Museum, Pier 15, from July 1-4, 2015.

Welcomed on board by Captain Yann Cariou, guests toured the Hermione while enjoying hors d’oeuvres and Newton Claret 2012 and Newton Chardonnay 2013, courtesy of Moët Hennessy.

Among distinguished guests present for the Hermione onboard reception was Mark F. Squilla, 1st District Councilman, City Council, City of Philadelphia. Also in attendance on board were Francis Latreille, Hermione’s official photographer during her voyage, and Benedict Donnelly, President of the Association Hermione-La Fayette, who came to the U.S. for the triumphant return of the French Frigate of Freedom along the eastern seaboard. In addition, also present were: Laura Auricchio, author of “The Marquis: Reconsidered,” a new biography of Lafayette, and Andrew Jackson O’Shaughnessy, Vice President of Monticello, and a Professor of American History at the University of Virginia.

Following the cocktails on Philadephia’s waterfront, guests convened nearby in the elegant garden behind City Tavern, itself the historic place where the 19-year-old Lafayette first met General Washington on August 3, 1777. On arriving, dignitaries, guests and supporters were offered a flute of Moët & Chandon Imperial Champagne, again courtesy of Moët Hennessy.

There, Chef Staib was presented with a specially design porcelain plate from Jean-Francois Fountaine, Mayor of La Rochelle.

Also speaking was Brian Patterson, Oneida Nation Representative, who gave a moving account of the sacrifices made by the courageous Oneida warriors who joined the French and Americans in the battle for our independence. Patterson also gave thanks in the Oneida language and was warmly applauded for eloquent words in his bringing a salute of the entire Oneida community of upstate New York to this historic re-enactment dinner.

In the evening’s special menu and letter welcoming Hermione supporters to City Tavern, Miles Young, President of FOHLA and Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Ogilvy & Mather, wrote: “On May 4,1781, Hermione’s Captain La Touche-Tréville invited Samuel Huntington, the then President of the Continental Congress, and the whole Congressional delegation for lunch on the Hermione. They stayed for hours, dining in what was a classic act of “gunboat diplomacy.” He added, “Funds raised from this grand culinary rep-enactment are earmarked to continue support of the Hermione 2015 Voyage Project.”

On that eventful day 235 years ago, Captain La Touche-Tréville described it thus in Hermione’s logbook:

“Today, I dined on board with the President of the Continental Congress and his Congressional delegation as well as members of the Pennsylvania Council of State, many distinguished citizens as well as military officers. The frigate was all decked out. On boarding, President Huntington was received with full honors as if he were a Marshall of France. I saluted him with five “Vive le Roi” and order 13 cannon blasts. Later I raised many toasts in his honor, accompanied by still more cannon blasts!”

A Dinner To Remember

For starters, guests first enjoyed a Salmagundi, with Raspberry Shrub Vinaigrette, a colonial-era light summer salad of locally grown vegetables inspired by journal recipes of Martha Washington.

During each course, Chef Staib gave a short address explaining the history and culinary background, noting, for example, the Shrub Vinaigrette, is inspired by one of colonial America’s favorite drinks, the Shrub, a blend of high-proof spirits, amply seasoned and spiced in a variety of drink recipes, including berry fruits.

Next up was a delicious dish that would have been instantly familiar to guest aboard the Hermione in 1781: “A Ragoo of Oysters.” As Chef Staib described: “All along the Eastern seaboard, oysters were plentiful, which explains why they were popular in Philadelphia…roasted, fried, stewed, a recipe for oysters shows up in virtually every cookbook of the [colonial] era.”

The main course, called “VEAL OLIVES,” which contains no olives at all. As Chef Staib explained: “The dish gets its name from the fact that the veal scaloppini look like large olives, which are rolled with the [crabmeat] stuffing. Owing to the high cost of veal in colonial days, this recipe appears in only the cookbooks of the upper crust. Accomplished, wealthier cooks like Martha Washington and Hannah Glasse stuffed their veal olive with forcemeat, oysters or seafood, and served them in a rich, spiked cream sauce with truffles.”

For dessert, one and all enjoyed a classic French sweet called CRÈME BRULEE, and as Chef Staib told the assembled diners, “The Founding Fathers and the City of Philadelphia enthusiastically welcomed French ice cream and pastries.”

And believe it or not, both General George Washington and Major General Lafayette honored the Hermione Re-Enactment Dinner with their presence, complete with proposing many toasts, huzzahs by these two talented re-enactors who portrayed each famous historical figure.

A good time was had by all, along with the Champagne, the Newton wines and Hennessy Privilege Cognac, the last libation savored at the evening’s end, thanks again to Moët Hennessy.

For information and support, please visit: www.hermione2015.com