They Knew They Were Pilgrims

The 17th Century Adventures of Plimoth Plantation's Colonial Interpreters

The Big Bang(s) Theory

December 3rd, 2013 by Sally


If you’ve been following us for a while, you’ll know that we like to end our interpretive season with a metaphorical bang. This year, we decided to end it quite literally with a bang, or two Bangs, to be precise. Last weekend, November 30th, 1627(2013), Lydia Hicks of New Plimoth, the oldest daughter of Robert and Margaret, married Edward Bangs of New Plimoth. And a good time was had by all. I halved my age for the day and played a 15/16 year old Lydia, and Edward was graciously played by the fantastic Ian Butkowsky who added a similar number of years to his age. In the words of William Shakespeare, and as (perhaps) Edward said to Lydia on their wedding night:

You’ll bear me a Bang(s) for that, I fear. Proceed; directly.

Julius Caesar, III.iii.18-19.

Can I just tell you how strange it feels to make your own fake wedding video with pictures that your (long-suffering) real husband took?

This just leaves me to say a HUGE thank you to everyone who contributed to making this year a whole lot of fun. Thank you to the Mayflower II crew who stuck it out on the dockside while the ship was “out sick”. Thank you to our intrepid team at the Plimoth Grist Mill for an excellent first year of their daily grind. Thank you to everyone who has worked in the English Village for remembering that it’s not really 1627 and therefore nobody has to die. Thanks to all our volunteers for willingly giving of their time to contribute to all of our programs. And finally, thank you to people like YOU (yes, you!), blog readers, museum members, one-time or many-time visitors, for coming along with us on this journey. We love you all!


Take that, 2013 Season. We showed you who’s boss.




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7 Responses to “The Big Bang(s) Theory”

  1. Pat CLaus says:

    No, thank YOU for all your great work interpreting the lives of our ancestors! We really enjoyed “Elizabeth Howland” when she came to the Maine Mayflower Society meeting in November. Lovely interpretation of her daily life and times. Have a wonderful winter and hope to see you all in the Spring!

  2. Carolyn says:

    Congrats on another season, and great video!!!

  3. Mary Wallace says:

    So wish I could have been there, was there the whole week before !! Never thought I would get to actually see my Grt Grandparents Phoebe,Robert and Margaret Hicks !! What a sweet wedding !! and the photography and editing was very nice as was the music !! Thanks so much !!

    • Sally says:

      It’s unusual to meet Hicks descendants! I’m so sorry you missed it, but I’m glad you found us this way. Subscribe to our blog if you haven’t already!

  4. Buddy says:

    A job well done to all and sundry!!!


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