DEVENS — The year 2017 will mark 100 years since Camp Devens was carved out of the “wilderness” with 43,700,000 feet of lumber, 3,260,000 square feet of wallboard, 8,938 doors, 20 carloads of nails, and 20 miles of roads.
It’s an anniversary worth celebrating as the beginning of a century that would leave indelible marks on well over a million soldiers, civilians, and local residents. Along with this anniversary, this year also marks 100 years since the United States became involved in World War I, and 100 years since the 18th Army Band — long stationed at Devens — was formed. These important legacies will be celebrated by the Fort Devens Museum in a kick-off weekend of events on July 15 and 16.
On Saturday July 15 at 1 p.m., former members of the 18th Army Band, stationed at Fort Devens from 1948 to 1993, will speak to the public about their reminisces of Fort Devens during the years they were here. This conversation will surely spark visitors’ own memories of attending events and parade at Fort Devens and around New England where the band played. This talk will take place at the museum on the third floor at 94 Jackson Road, Devens. The museum will be open from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on this day.
Bring your appetites and put on your dancing shoes for the next event that same day — from 6 to 10 p.m., at the historic Bull Run Restaurant in Shirley, the Fort Devens Museum will officially celebrate 100 Years of Camp Devens with “Together We Win: A World War I Dinner Dance.” Enjoy hors d’oeuvres with cash bar followed by a full buffet dinner and dessert. After dessert, dance to — or just sit back and enjoy — period music played by a seven piece dance band. This band combo is made up of former and retired members of the 18th Army Band who will return to Devens for a reunion. This fundraiser will benefit the museum and help preserve and share the history of Camp and Fort Devens. Tickets are required and are available at fortdevensmuseum.org and tickets.bullrunrestaurant.com.
Capping off a weekend full of festivities on July 16, former and retired members of the 18th Army Band, in celebration of its 100th anniversary, will be performing a full band concert at the 94 Jackson Road quadrangle at Devens.
From 2 to 4 p.m., the band will play patriotic music typical of the many public concerts that they gave at Fort Devens during their 45-year stay.
In case of inclement weather, the concert will be held at Cronin Auditorium at the Bromfield School in Harvard.
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