Sunday, January 1, 2023

New Year’s Day in New Amsterdam

This 1870 artwork by George Henry Boughton depicts the visits on New Year's day - with no "wines, brandy wines, or beers" and ... no shooting guns or beating drums.

The calendar for January is up, and the first week is below.

Governor Peter Stuyvesant made the following holiday restrictions in 1655. New Amsterdam became New York in 1664.

"The inhabitants of the city and colony seem, at that early period, to have carried their rejoicings and sports on New Year's day, and May day, rather further than was deemed consonant with a proper regard to the well-being of the community.

And we find that Governor Stuyvesant and his Council, on New Year's eve, 1655, declared, that from this time forth, within this province of New Netherlands, on the New Year and May days, there shall be no firing of guns, nor Maypoles planted; nor shall there be any beating of the drum; nor shall there be on the occasion any wines, brandy wines, or beers dealt out.

The Dutch inhabitants seemed to have been very fond of firing guns, when they went the rounds visiting their neighbours' houses on New Year's eve and New Year's day; a practice, which, notwithstanding that ordinance, continued in full force in many parts of the State of New York, until after the Revolutionary war, when it was made a penal offence by an act of the Legislature."
“Early History of New York.” The North American Review, April, 1842


New Amsterdam (NYC) visits (“calls”) on New Year's day HERE
New Year's Cookies or New York Cookies HERE
New Year's Eve party... just for the guys HERE
Hogmanay or Hog-ma-nay - A Scottish New Years Eve HERE
Bonbons - gifts on New Year's Day in France HERE
Presents for landlords at New Years… HERE
New Year’s Day in New Amsterdam, 1870 by George Henry Boughton (from Bonham past auction)


Jan 3 Tue 1-2:30 Speakeasies of NYC: A Tale of Crime, Creativity, and Celebration. Sylvia Laudien-Meo. New York Adventure Club. $10 tape for week HERE

Jan 4 Wed 5:30-7 The Bradley Martin Ball of 1897: Grandest Party of the Century. “most expensive private party ever given... at New York's Waldorf-Astoria hotel” Richard Jay Hutto, whose wife’s great-grandparents gave the ball. New York Adventure Club $10 tape for week HERE

Jan 4 Wed 6:30 New York's Fulton Fish Market-1822-2005. Jonathan Rees. Culinary Historians of New York $10 HERE

Jan 4 Wed 7-10 Talking Food and Cooking Along with Julia Child. Her “impact on the food world, especially for home cooks, is gigantic. we will discuss her legacy and how it impacts us as food lovers.” East Brunswick Public Library HERE

Jan 4 Wed 8 Landjaeger.A Perfect Pair: The History of Landjaeger in Green County. “Wisconsin’s most celebrated-yet-misunderstood sausages.” Jesse Brookstein, author. Culinary History Enthusiasts of Wisconsin (CHEW) HERE TAPE may be HERE

Jan 5 Thu 2 Twelfth Night Revelry, Fun and Food: A Twelfth Night. Paul Couchman. The Regency Cook £12.50 HERE

Jan 5 Thu 5 Vietnamese Classics at Home. Shawnie Kelley. Context travel learning. $26.50 tape for 30 days HERE

Jan 5 Thu 8 Eat, Drink and Be Merry: The History of Food and Hospitality in Lake County, 8th Annual Lake County History Symposium. 3 talks: Mary Ethel Crofton’s 1895 Cookbook Used at Fort Sheridan; Highland Park Community Cookbooks circa 1911&1925; The Rustic Manor restaurant: Good Food, Cocktails and the American Old West From 1947 to 1986 HERE TAPES may be HERE

Jan 6 Fri 1 Everyday Life in the Ice Age. authors Elle Clifford, Paul Bahn. Creswell Crags. Donation £3 HERE

Jan 6 Fri 2 Gray's Grist Mill “one of the oldest, continually running grist mills in New England” virtual tour. Old Colony History Museum. Mass. HERE

Jan 7 Sat 3 Galette des Rois – An Iconic French January Dessert. Mardi Michels. Context travel learning. $26.50 tape for 30 days HERE

Jan 8 Sun 2 The Sacred Foods of India. Monica Bhide. CHoW Culinary Historians of Washington DC. info will be HERE


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