Information for Participants

An invitational Muster of Fyfes and Drums hosted by the Sudbury Ancients will be held on the 28th of September, 2019, on the grounds of Longfellow’s Wayside Inn, 72 Wayside Inn Road, Sudbury, MA.

The parade will begin promptly at 12:00 at the Grist Mill. The Muster will immediately follow.

We do not expect to be using a “Company Stand:” you will play yourselves both on and off stand. Please limit yourselves to one medley, however. Thanks for your help in letting all the corps have their turn on stand in daylight.

Camping will begin at noon on Friday. It is a long weekend for the volunteers. Please be respectful and be off the camping grounds by noon on Sunday. Entrance to the camping grounds is by the “service entrance” road. A list of area hotels is available.

It is important to remember that we are guests of the Wayside Inn. All muster activities are held on its property. The consumption of alcohol on the muster field is limited to within a roped area around the Sudbury Ancients food tent as part of the muster meal served to our guests. At the request of the Inn, all alcohol must be consumed in a mug or “colonial” style drinking cup. No plastic cups will be provided. Some mugs may be available for purchase. Please advise your members of this rule and advise them to bring an appropriate mug or cup. There will be no exceptions.

Any Corps hoping to fire muskets must notify the Sudbury Companies of Militia and Minute (SCMM) at safety@sudburyminutemen.org by August 31, 2019, and follow their firing instructions which will be sent to those who reply. Failure to do so will result in removal from the parade and future invitation lists. The SCMM has decided that no cannons will be allowed to fire.

Eastern Equine Encephalitis in Sudbury

As you might know, Sudbury is one of 36 towns that the Massachusetts Dept. of Health has declared to be at “critical risk” for Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE). EEE is a rare but serious disease caused by a virus that can affect people of all ages. EEE is generally spread to humans through the bite of a mosquito infected with the virus. EEE can cause severe illness and possibly lead to death in any age group; however, people under age 15 are at particular risk. EEE does not occur every year, but based on mosquito sampling, a high risk of occurrence of human cases currently exists. There have been 10 human cases in Massachusetts this year, one of these in Sudbury.

The State carried out aerial spraying of 57 towns for mosquitoes (Sudbury was sprayed Sep 14 and 15), the Town has been doing truck-mounted spraying, and the Wayside Inn has done some fogging.

The Health Department recommends curtailing outdoor activities from dusk to dawn (dusk is at 6:30 the day of the Sudbury muster, dawn is at 6:15 that Sunday morning). If you do go outdoors at these times they recommend long sleeves, long pants, and socks and applying mosquito repellent (DEET, permethrin, picaridin, or oil of lemon eucalyptus).

We expect that all corps will have had a chance to perform well before dusk. If you intend to camp, please be aware of the recommendations of the Health Department and take suitable precautions. The risk of infection is low, but the consequences are very severe.

For more information:

EEE fact sheet

Sudbury EEE Q&A

Mosquito repellent fact sheet

Sudbury Health Dept