I just got a call from Randell Spankman with “news.” It seems that the City Tavern has permanently closed. For over 26 years, Chef Staub has delighted us with not only culinary treasures from the 18th Century but also history. Today is a sad day for anyone who enjoys a little food, drink, and talk of rebellion. (see link below)

Philadelphia’s storied City Tavern Restaurant Closes Permanently from Pandemic Fallout

Many of our beloved historical sites are in peril. They need your support and patronage if we are to have public spaces to experience history. It is hard to support them and stay safe during this pandemic but as Americans, true Americans who defend what we believe in not just fight those who believe in other things, we must find a way.

“William Bradford, speaking in 1630 of the founding of the Plymouth Bay Colony, said that all great and honorable actions are accompanied with great difficulties, and both must be enterprised and overcome with answerable courage. … We choose to go to the moon. We choose to go to the moon in this decade and do the other things, not because they are easy, but because they are hard, because that goal will serve to organize and measure the best of our energies and skills, because that challenge is one that we are willing to accept, one we are unwilling to postpone, and one which we intend to win, and the others, too.”

John F Kennedy — Speech at RICE University, September 12, 1962

I’m not Kennedy (and I didn’t need Walter Mondale to point that out) but I am challenging you. Support those locales and institutions you frequent and value, make sure they are here for “ourselves and our posterity.” Its not easy, its hard but as Americans, we don’t take the easiest past, we take the most important path.

Published by Michael Carver

My goal is to bring history alive through interactive portrayal of ordinary American life in the late 18th Century (1750—1799) My persona are: Journeyman Brewer; Cordwainer (leather tradesman but not cobbler), Statesman and Orator; Chandler (candle and soap maker); Gentleman Scientist; and, Soldier in either the British Regular Army, the Centennial Army, or one of the various Militia. Let me help you experience history 1st hand!

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  1. That is very sad news! Hopefully once the current unpleasantness passes they can get someone else in there, particularly with all the expected activities and visitors associated with the upcoming 250th Celebrations…

    *Brooks Lyles* LTC(R), US Army International Society Alternate Trustee, Kansas Society Chair, Education Committee, NSSAR Chair, History Committee, NSSAR GWEF Board Museum Board SAR Ambassador for International Recruiting

    When in charge, take charge!

    On Mon, Nov 2, 2020 at 3:49 PM Michael Carver — Historical Interpreter/Reenactor wrote:

    > Michael Carver posted: ” I just got a call from Randell Spankman with > “news.” It seems that the City Tavern has permanently closed. For over 26 > years, Chef Staub has delighted us with not only culinary treasures from > the 18th Century but also history. Today is a sad day for a” >

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