Feb 27

Old Stone Fort Days Event

February 27, 2015

To our Living History Colleagues,

I am pleased to extend this official invitation to Stone Fort Days Revolutionary War encampment and reenactment, October 3& 4 2015. The event is supported the Burning of the Valleys Military Association (BVMA), the Northern Brigade, and the Brigade of the American Revolution (BAR).

The theme of this year’s event is the 235th Anniversary of the October 1780 raid….”The Burning of the Valleys. . . ” This was the largest Loyalist raid during the American Revolution, leaving much of the Schoharie and Mohawk Valleys devastated in its wake.

For those of you who may not be familiar with us, the event takes place on a 25-acre site that includes the Old Stone Fort Museum Complex. The fort itself was built as a church in 1772 and stockaded in 1777 as one of a chain of fortifications along the Schoharie Creek, then on the frontier of Mohawk territory. Known then as the Lower Fort, it was garrisoned almost continuously, often by Continental or State troops, and attacked during Sir John Johnson’s massive raid of October, 1780. Although the stockade was removed in 1785, the original building still stands and has been a museum for 124 years featuring an extensive collection of military artifacts.

There is ample room for parking, camping and a large battlefield. The event generally draws several thousand spectators and is planned and organized by a committee that includes a number of reenactors. A full schedule of day and evening activities is always part of the event. Tactical demonstrations include a raid and burning of a settlement (weather permitting) and historical vignettes based on the event theme. There will be off-site tacticals each day. Period music and dance, a tavern/dance Saturday evening, sutlers, artisans and audience interaction are important components. Firewood, water and straw are provided to reenactors as well as discounts on Museum Store purchases and food. Onsite dinner will be provided to participants Friday upon their arrival.

Stone Fort Days is an invitational event. Only those units who receive an invitation may participate on the battlefield. We do not wish to limit attendance, but we are committed to inviting only those units that have a demonstrated record of safety and authenticity. In order to build our invitation list we urge you to send us contact information of units you can vouch for so we can invite them. Units that do not receive an invitation will by prior arrangement with the host unit. No walk-ons please!

Online registration is linked to the BVMA website (http://bvma.org/wordpress/?page_id=25). In the alternative, please fill out the enclosed pre-registration forms and return as soon as possible. Confirmation letters and further information will be mailed at a later date. If you have any questions, please contact the museum at (518) 295-7192, email: office@schohariehistory.net, or John Osinski, event commander, (518) 827-5429, email: josinski@midtel.net.


Carle J. Kopecky

Feb 26

BVMA membership meeting venue change

The location for the BVMA membership meeting March 21 has been changed.  it will be held at Christ Episcopal Church in Duanesburg, NY.     The parish is located at 132 Duanesburg Churches Road, Duanesburg, NY 12056 on the corner of  Route 20 and Duanesburg Churches Road in Duanesburg, NY near exit 24 of I-88.
the meeting time is 1030am   arrive by 1000am.
1) please bring a dish to pass (appetizer, main dish, or desssert) will also need soda or juice, cups, plates napkins
2) RSVP asap to me cosinski57@yahoo.com
3)period clothing encouraged
4) bring an item for the silent auction,  this helps fund special programs at our events.  Last year we raised $400.00
5) bring your no longer used or new items to sell or trade. the cost for this is an item for the auction.
any questions please ask
Chris Osinski  cosinski57@yahoo.com

Jan 13

Delegates Meeting

Reminder:   the BVMA delegates meeting will be held on Saturday Jan.17,2015 at 10:30am.  the location will be the FT Plain Museum, 389 Canal St   ( rt 5S)  Ft Plain, NY

hope to see you there,

Chris Osinski

Sep 04

Guidelines for the Battle of Johnstown

BVMA, BAR, Northern Brigade

Battle of Johnstown Event Authenticity Guidelines

September 20 & 21, 2014

We are very pleased there has been a strong interest in attending the Battle of Johnstown. As this is a late war raid event we ask that you follow a few of the guidelines below so that we can provide the public as accurate a picture of the combatants’ late war fighting appearance as possible.

Please DO NOT wear the following:

  • Grenadier or Dragoon Helmets
  • Short Gaiters
  • Doo Rags
  • Regular and Provincial Officers should avoid wearing Indian trappings.

Please do wear/use the following:

  • Gaitered trousers
  • Breeches with mattices
  • Cocked, round hats and caps
  • Blanket rolls
  • Irregulars/militia use market wallets not haversacks if possible
  • Irregulars/militia use wooden canteens or other appropriate water vessels when possible.

Please be prepared to carry the following during the battle. These items will provide as realistic an appearance of a raid on the move as possible.

  • Market wallets
  • Blanket rolls
  • Mess kettle
  • Canteen tin or wooden, other
  • Camp axe

We sincerely hope you understand this request as we ask it only in the vein of providing the public with as accurate a portrayal of the people and events that we interpret.

We look forward to seeing you all in September!

Please forward a copy of your units Liability Insurance to Wade Wells if you have not done so already.

Feb 24

March 1 workshop at Johnson Hall

Date March 1,2014
Time 10:00am
Location Johnson Hall ,Johnstown,NY

“.  We will meet at JH at 10:00 AM until 2:30 PM.  I will put on a crock pot of soup and have bread, bowls, spoons and napkins. Folks can bring whatever else they like.  I will provide needles, thread and fabric swatches for stiching practice.

******I am also willing to trouble shoot a garment for each person.

*********** Folks should RSVP by Friday so I can determine which space we will use”
This is a great opportunity and I am very Grateful to Wade for offering to do this.

Who is going?  I know I wouldn’t miss it

Chris Osinski

Feb 11


Hello Friends,  Its time to start planning the Membership meeting. It will be held at Mabee Farm   1080 Main St. Rotterdam Jct,NY

Arrival time will be 10am  Meeting to start at 10:45am.

This year we have decided to Simplify the luncheon.  Instead of the big potluck, we will be having Soups, Bread, and desserts

We will once again offer the opportunity to sell new or used 18th century items.  the cost of a table is an item for the silent auction. Please arrive to set up at 10am so as not to miss the meeting.

The education committee will present a program after the meeting, followed by lunch and the silent auction.

Toni Lasher and I will be organizing the luncheon we hope that this simple menu will cut clean up time down. Please plan to take home any leftovers.

 When you RSVP we will need the following:

Number of people attending

10 people to donate a crock pot of soup, stew, chili, chowder.

5 people to donate rolls or bread

10 people to donate EASY to serve desserts such as cookies, brownies, cup cakes (no pies, jello etc)

5 people to supply drinks and ice (soda etc)

in addition we will need napkins, cups, bowls, silverware , dessert plates, butter

The BVMA will supply coffee, tea etc

 (we need a volunteer to come early and start coffee.)

 I would like a Volunteer to help with the silent auction items.

contact Chris cosinski57@Yahoo.com or Toni  tonilasher@yahoo.com

Thanks in advance for your assistance

Chris Osinski

2nd Regt Albany Cty Militia

Jan 17

Noncombatants- we need you!

What exactly is a  noncombatant you ask?  Dictionary.com gives us this:

/ˌnɒnkəmˈbætnt, nɒnˈkɒmtnt/ Show Spelled [non-kuhm-bat-nt, non-kom-buh-tnt] Show IPA



a person connected with a military force in some capacity other than that of a fighter, as a surgeon or chaplain.

a person who is not directly involved in combat; a civilian in wartime.


not constituting, designed for, or engaged in combat.
SO…… EVERY member of a registered BVMA unit who doesn’t field, might be considered a “non- combatant”.
I am the chairperson of the Behind the lines division of the BVMA organization. We have not been very active in the past few years . That is about to change with your help.! (Please????)
Before the BVMA membership meeting in March, I would like to have a committee in place to
 coordinate  noncombatant/behind the lines/civilian activities.
*****I am asking for 1 (one) volunteer from every registered BVMA unit (both sides) to serve with me on this exciting and important committee!
The Behind The Lines committee (BTLC) will be responsible for: coordinating crowd control during battles, organizing civilian activities such as socials/fashion shows, children’s  activities and interpretive scenarios, both in camp and on the field as requested by the military command staff. We can have a lot of fun with this!
In 2014 we will have 3 BVMA supported events,  all of these events will stress the importance of interpretation/interaction with the public.  It is imperative that we, as the civilian re enactors do our part, after all there we were there too!
So who would like to serve?  Remember, I would like a representative from each and every member unit  ,we will have a brief meeting at the BVMA membership meeting March 22,2014 which will be held at the Mabee Farm in Rotterdam Junction.
****Unit Commanders-  if you have folks who are not on the list would you email or pass this along to your civilian members?
Thank you all in advance for your help!
Chris Osinski  BVMA Behind The Lines Committee
2nd Regt Albany county militia

Jan 06


we will be holding 3 sewing events.  The first is January 18,2014 10am-2pm at the Franchere center Mabee farm.  This will be a ladies Jumps workshop and pre registration is required.


Feb 8,2014 10am-2pm Franchere center at Mabee Farm.  this will be an open workshop, finish up projects, ask for help, get help starting a project. come one come all


Mar 1,2014 time to be announced,  At Johnson Hall Johnstown,NY  Sewing Basics will be covered, or finish a project, get help or start something new.

Nov 21

Knickerbocker Historical Society Schedule

Hello all,

The Knickerbocker Historical Society is setting up their 2014 schedule. To see what they have planned so far this year click on the link below:

Knickerbocker Historical Society 2014 Schedule

Sep 30

Old Stone Fort Days are nearly here

Hello all,

As you know, Old Stone Fort Days are almost here. They are being held this year on October 12th and 13th in Schohary. Here is a link to the site which will fill you in on the schedule and directions. Be there for the last event of the BVMA season. It promises to be a fun weekend for all.

Click here for the Schedule

Click here for Directions

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