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Vintage engraving showing the Charge of Casimir Pulaski during the American Revolution. Casimir Pulaski was a Polish soldier, member of the Polish-Lithuanian szlachta and politician who has been called "the father of American cavalry". During the American Revolutionary War he saved the life of George Washington and became a general in the Continental Army. He died of wounds suffered in the Battle of Savannah 1779.
Monday, October 10, 2011

The Week in Preview: Pulaski Park in Manchester is named for the Revolutionary War hero whose memory we observe this Tuesday.

Week in Preview

Tuesday

Bringing the war home

Though no Civil War battles were fought in New Hampshire, the Granite State was far from uninvolved. Learn more at “New Hampshire Towns in the Civil War” at 7 p.m. in the Keyes Meeting Room at the Wadleigh Memorial Library at 49 Nashua St. in Milford.

Jere Daniell, professor emeritus at Dartmouth College, will discuss both formal town actions and non-governmental community responses to the Civil War, with an emphasis on the town of Milford.

Daniell will cover a wide range of responses to the war, such as rewarding those who enlisted, ostracizing war opponents and helping citizens avoid military service.

This event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact the library at 673-2408 or visit www.wadleighlibrary.org.

Fellow freedom fighter

When the soon-to-be United States resolved to break away from British rule, the cause of American independence attracted supporters throughout Europe. One such supporter was Polish noble and military commander Casimir Pulaski, known as the father of the American cavalry. The anniversary of his death is observed annually in the U.S. as General Pulaski Memorial Day.

Born March 6, 1745, in Warsaw, Poland, Pulaski began his military career as a commander for the Bar Confederation, fighting for the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth’s independence from Russia.

The Bar Confederation’s efforts were unsuccessful and Pulaski fled to France, where he met Benjamin Franklin. Impressed by Franklin’s description of America’s struggle for freedom, Pulaski offered his services to the fledgling nation.

It proved a valuable offer. Although his first fight against the British, the Battle of Brandywine, was a decisive British victory, Pulaski’s surprise calvary charge gave the American forces an opportunity to retreat they otherwise would not have had.

With the support of George Washington, Pulaski created the Pulaski Cavalry Legion, a special cavalry unit that functioned as a separate combat force rather than simply as a group of soldiers on horseback. He instructed his men in tested cavalry tactics and paid for equipment out of his own pocket when congressional funds ran low.

Pulaski died Oct. 11, 1779, from wounds sustained during the Battle of Savannah. He has received numerous posthumous honors for his contributions to American independence and the development of the American cavalry, including being one of only seven people awarded honorary U.S. citizenship.

Friday – Oct. 23 (weekends only)

Creepy countdown

In some circumstances, an innocent nursery rhyme can be truly spine-tingling. Expect chills at the Milford Area Players’ production of “And Then There Were None,” Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays through Oct. 23 at the Amato Center for the Performing Arts at 56 Mont Vernon St. in Milford.

A stage adaptation of Agatha Christie’s best-selling mystery novel of the same name, “And Then There Were None” tells the tale of ten strangers, each with a dark secret, invited to a desolate island for the weekend.

Over the course of the weekend, each guest meets his or her death in a manner described in the nursery rhyme “Ten Little Indians.” But who is behind the murders and why?

Performance times are 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays. Tickets are $12 for adults, $7 for seniors (age 60 and older) and students, and can be purchased at Toadstool Bookshop in Milford (cash or check only), online at www.milfordareaplayers.org or at the door.

For more information, call Elizabeth O’Hare at 262-1645.

Saturday – Sunday

Fine art to go

The only problem with viewing art at a museum is that the curators tend to get upset when you take the paintings off the wall and ask to purchase them. Bring a regional masterpiece home from the Hollis Fine Art Festival, Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. at Nichols Field on Depot Road in Hollis.

Artists from throughout New England will exhibit works (many for sale) in a variety of mediums, such as watercolors, oils, acrylics, graphics, pastels, photography and mixed media.

Festival highlights include paintings of Irish landscapes and pubs by James Malady, Asian-influenced mixed media pieces by John Cheng and Bradley Jackson’s eye-poppingly realistic acrylic paintings of birds.

Admission is free. For more information, contact Steve Previte at 465-2647 or slpaint@charter.net.

The Week in Preview (written by Teresa Santoski) will gladly fight for those seeking liberty, self-governance and more cake. Know of an event worthy of filling this space? Call 594-6467 or e-mail tsantoski@nashuatelegraph.com. Information should be submitted at least two weeks prior to the event. Follow TWiP, Tete-a-tete and Teresa’s general ramblings at twitter.com/TeresaSantoski.