Misquamicut Players to Headline Annual Guy Fawkes Bonfire Night

Friday, October 12, 2018


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Guy Fawkes Bonfire night

The Misquamicut Players and the King Crimson’s Jesters are set to headline the annual Guy Fawkes Bonfire Night.

The event will take place at The Andrea on Saturday, October 13 at 7 p.m.

Bonfire Night

The event will feature a large bonfire, live music by The Beach Band, the Westerly Morris Men, Kentish Guards Fife and Drum as well as a reenactment of Guy Fawkes’s trial.

This year will feature a number of classic compositions from The Beach Boys.

Pre-Show festivities at 6:30 feature the musical stylings of Jose “Panman” Costa and also The Westerly Morris Men.

Guy Fawkes

The story begins in 1605, when Guy Fawkes (also known as Guido-yes, really) and a group of co-conspirators attempted to blow up the Houses of Parliament.

The conspirators were angered because King James had been exiling Jesuits from England. The plotters wanted to wrest power away from the king. Today, they would be known as extremists. However, in an attempt to protect a friend in the House of Lords, one of the group members sent an anonymous letter warning his friend to stay away from the parliament on the evening in question.

The warning letter reached the King, and the conspirators were caught, tortured and executed. Guy Fawkes and his friends had rolled 36 barrels of gunpowder under the Houses of Parliament.

These days, Guy Fawkes Day is also known as Bonfire Night. The event is commemorated every year with fireworks and burning an effigy of Fawkes on a bonfire. The effigies are simply known as "Guys".


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