We took a stroll past Independence Hall and the Liberty Bell (we are SO lucky!) and made our way into a little mini-park nearby. There on a bench was a storyteller with no audience, so we stepped up and asked him to tell us a story. He did a little friendly banter with us first and found out where everyone was from (Vietnam, Greece, Angola, Algiers, Bulgaria, Iran, and Bangladesh), then proceeded to give a dramatic telling of a bit of history that occurred nearby. I have sat at this bench and heard the story before ... it is prepared speech, not extemporaneous, so it is very good for the activities planned below. (I'd like to note that there was also free speech with the storyteller before and after his performance, a bonus!)
|Storyteller on the left, this man is recruiting us!|
Well, that was my intention ... but we ended up being recruited into the Continental Army, drilling with (fake) muskets, charging a group of tourists with (imaginary) bayonets, shouting "Huzzah!" a lot, and marching to Independence Hall for a dramatic reading of the Declaration of Independence! It happens that tourists are roped into this activity twice a day and we were in the right place at the right time. The group was game for the adventure, so I bagged the planned activities.
|Off we march to our drills and so forth!|