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Colonial Dancing

Colonial Music and Dancing

Colonial Music and Dancing

Join us on Tuesday, July 23rd, 2019 for a Revolutionary Lecture Series

Learn the dance moves that our early ancestors did out on the dance floor at balls and other social gatherings while listening to the period music as we proudly welcome back Charlie Zahm, Tad Marks, Noah Lewis, and Lynne King to the General Warren Inne for “An Evening of Colonial Music and Dancing” on Tuesday, July 23rd, 2019.

We had such a grand time at last year’s event we decided to do it again on the stone terrace at the General Warren Inne.

Come get a sense of how men and women dressed and danced at the balls and parties during the colonial era.  Our friends Noah and Lynne will guide you through the social protocol that one needed to have at these balls and how they danced out on the floor with their partners.  Learn some of their dance steps and the music they listened to as they danced the night away.  Charlie and Tad will be producing the music while Noah and Lynne will be leading the dancing and responding to your questions.

Our lectures have proved to be very popular and we strongly recommend that you book your seat now. 

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Dine on heavy hors d’oeuvres in the outdoor Terrace (weather permitting) and relax and enjoy the sounds of ballads from days gone by.  This special summer soiree is easy on the purse at $39 per person, Alcoholic drinks are extra.  Included in your fee is all soft beverages and coffee, all tax and gratuities, the program, and a donation to help support the Paoli Battlefield Historical Park.

Your admission also includes a raffle ticket for a chance to win a night’s stay at the General Warren Inne. There will be one winner drawn at each event.


Year after year, Charlie Zahm’s voice, musicianship, extensive musical repertoire, and stage presence make him one of the most popular performers at festivals, music events, house concerts, and many other venues.  Charlie Zahm brings the spirit of the American Revolution and the drama of the age to an audience like few musicians can. Whether he is singing the glories of gallant General Washington, an ode to the great new ideal of “Liberty,” songs of battles won or lost, or just popular selections of the times, Charlie calls on a robust baritone, mastery of guitar (and other instruments), and a seasoned approach to the art of “entertaining” to provide a program enjoyed by all.

Whether singing at an outdoor festival, a historic site (such as Philadelphia’s Independence Hall), a concert or convention, Charlie demonstrates that his vocal ability is rarely matched inside or outside traditional music, and his mastery of the guitar is the perfect complement to his vocal performance. Whether singing a great old forgotten period song or some rousing well-known sing-along from the Early Days of the Republic, in shows ranging from Philadelphia’s Olde City to the giant Spectrum, Charlie entertains with a great respect for both his audience and his chosen material.  You can keep up with Charlie Zahm by going to his website


Tad Marks Tad Marks spent his youth in Ambler, Pennsylvania. Played and performed with Bob Doyle and the Allegheny String Band, the Twigg Brothers, Hazel Dickens, Ola Belle Reed, Wade and Julia Mainer, Del McCoury and many folk, bluegrass and Country artists. He has recorded for soundtracks and worked for a time playing in jingles and Television commercials. Marks studied music composition and arts at Penn State University ,won numerous awards for fiddling, and is currently a violin repairman and bluegrass /folk fiddler in the Baltimore/Washington DC area. Marks has performed and toured with many bluegrass, country and Celtic acts and is widely recorded. In addition to his work with the Del McCoury Band;[1] Marks has performed with Lynn Morris, James King, Kate MacKenzie, Charlie Zahm, Bob Perilla’s Big Hillbilly Bluegrass.


Noah Lewis Noah Lewis was born in Heidelberg, Germany. Presently he lives on the outskirts of Philadelphia in Upper Darby. This is where in 1993, after the death of his wife Mary, he raised four children. He became a Certified Bio-Medical Technician. After which, he owned and operated an electronics repair shop, TLC of Technical Service, for about 20 years. Noah has a degree in biology and now makes a livelihood presenting Living History at schools, historical sites, and historical events.

Noah authored “Edward ‘Ned’ Hector – Revolutionary War Hero”, and is presently writing Ned Hector’s biography. He began presenting the hero Ned Hector in 1996 at Bywood School, where he would go into his daughter’s 4th grade class and do presentations on electricity and biology. Mrs. Freeberry, his daughter’s teacher, asked if he had any presentations for the subject of colonial America.

During recent genealogical research on his family he had learned about a black continental soldier who fought in the Battle of Brandywine and was held in such high regard by his community that they named a street after him in the mid 1850’s. He was amazed and fascinated by Edward Hector and the heritage of other black historical figures who contributed to America’s freedom.


K. Lynn King K. Lynn King is from Wilmington DE and portrays 18th Century persona Caroline Herschel. Sister to William, discoverer of planet Uranus, discovered 8 comets and was the first paid woman astronomer.

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