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The oldest and largest gathering of fife and drum participants and enthusiasts in the immediate area is just around the corner.
The Deep River Ancient Muster, which has been referred to as "The Granddaddy of All Musters" and "A Colonial Woodstock," is always the third Saturday in July, which this year is July 19.
The Tattoo, hosted by the Deep River Junior Ancients, will kick off the festivities on Friday, July 18, at 7 p.m. at Devitt's Field.
The Tattoo is a gathering at which members of the various marching corps can get to know each other. The next day, Saturday, is the day of the Ancient Muster itself, which features the actual march of the various corps.
The parade starts at the corner of Main and Kirtland streets and proceeds down Main Street to Devitt's Field.
Traditionally, at the parade, more than 50 fife and drum corps play the old and sacred tunes of our national memory, "The Battle Hymn of the Republic," "Yankee Doodle Dandy," "America the Beautiful," and "It's a Grand Old Flag."
In keeping with the music are patriotically dressed marchers, wearing the military uniforms of wars gone by: three-corner hats, Union blue uniforms of the Civil War, and uniforms of the Revolutionary War as well.
The host corps for the muster are the Deep River Ancient Muster Committee and the Deep River Drum Corps.
The muster will start at Devitt's Field, immediately following the parade.
All roads in town will be closed one half-hour before the parade, at 10:30 a.m. There will be parking in several locations along Main Street, Deep River Congregational Church, The Stone House, Deep River Hardware, the Deep River Public Library, and Route 80.
The annual musters were first started in Deep River back in 1953. Deep River's population of around 5,000 swells by another 5,000 during the muster, taking into account the marchers and the rows of spectators along the sidelines.