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The Annual Guy Fawkes Bonfire Night featuring "The Misquamicut Players", a group of local actors (The Misquamicut Players) and "King Crimson's Jesters" an ensemble of local musicians will be held at The Andrea on Atlantic Ave, Misquamicut Beach on Saturday October 11, 2014 at 7:00pm. 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 Fawke's trial. This year is a special tribute to the music of The Moody Blues. All are welcome and the event is free of charge. Special reserved tables and seating is available in advance.  

Just who is Guy Fawkes? The story begins in 1605, when Guy Fawkes (also known as Guido-yes, really) and a group of coconspirators 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".  

Some of the English have been known to wonder whether they are celebrating Fawkes' execution or honoring his attempt to do away with the government.  

 

A common question asked is; "was there really a gunpowder plot, or were the "conspirators" framed by the king?" There was no doubt an attempt to blow up parliament. Guy Fawkes and his associates may have been caught in a Jacobean sting operation. Many of the plotters were known traitors. It would have been almost impossible for them to get hold of 36 barrels of gunpowder without the government finding out.

 

 

As for the secret warning letter, many historians believe the King's officials fabricated it. The letter made it easy to explain how the king found out about the plot and stopped it just in time. The letter was in fact very vague. It said nothing about the details of the attack. Still, the King and his men knew exactly where and when to catch the conspirators and stop the plot.

The English have been burning effigies to mark Guy Fawkes Day for over 400 years. The practice of burning the effigies, (which today are called "guys") on the night of November 5th was started in 1606, just years after the failed Gunpowder plot.

In these first bonfires, called "bone fires" at the time, it was not the bones or effigies of Guy Fawkes which were burned. Not until 1806, two centuries later, did the people start burning effigies of Guy Fawkes himself. Still today, communities throw dummies of Guy Fawkes, politicians and people in the news on the bonfire in good humor. 
The Misquamicut Players have made an annual tradition of reenacting this night of inquisition and execution. Written by Caswell Cooke, Jr. and Mariah Moulton, Directed by Cooke, and presented by the Misquamicut Business Association, this evening brings together local actors and musicians for a comedic look at this English holiday. 2014 celebrates the 409th anniversary (and Misquamicut's 17th!) of this event! 

 


 
 
 

Click here to view a slideshow of past performancesFlemming will play the parts of the Court Crier Archbishop of Canterbury, Queen, King, Duke of Earl and Guy Fawkes respectively. The setting is the Court of King James I in England circa 1605. There will be fanfare, Fife and Drum, and marvelous costumes. Then there is bad acting, so-so music, and the large bonfire. The whole family is invited to step back in time and enjoy this magical evening. 2013 celebrates the 408th anniversary (and Misquamicut's 16th!) of this event!

 

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