Lord Timothy Dexter's homecoming ~
in a Motion of Comity
© 2003-2004 ( composite image 2006) Bright iDear
[Image of the epitome of Lord Tim~ Amesbury High School history teacher and Newburyport native Paul "Jance" Jancewicz ~ deposited in a Ring's Island Rowing Club dory).]
July 29, 2006
11:30 a.m. - 12:00 Noon
LORD TIMOTHY DEXTERS HOMECOMING
by the Waterside, crossing the Merrimack River1
Before Yankee Homecoming officially begins at noontide, the quintessential Yankee comes home to partake in the "orfishel Serry monney" and do some jolly good gamming!
Come gather by the Waterside at seven bells of the Forenoon Watch (11:30 a.m.) to watch Lord Tim merrily crossing the Merrimack River.
Check this Web page to track the anticipated ways and means of his Lordships waterway and landfall at Market Landing ~ also found linked from the official Yankee Homecoming Website.
row, row the boat
Gently cross the stream!
Merrily, merrily, merrily, merrily,
Life is but a dream!
Life is but a dream? Life is an adventure! See story at this link within (as printed on page 15 of the Yankee Homecoming program book) to learn why it makes perfect sense that Newburyports fêted 18th Century merchant adventurer plays a key role on stage and page throughout this Yankee Homecomings Festival for the Senses ~ and how he (and one and all) will figure into the outcome.
(Confirm Dexter's entire Yankee Homecoming itinerary.)
While his "Yankee Homecoming" this year will be by waterway
across the Merrimack, there is no "certain knowledge" whether
Newburyport's merchant adventurer ever embarked on a journey to (or from)
this port ~ with the the Old Beacon Oak
to guide his Lordship to safe harbor. As an artificer of fine leather
goods, he was "landlocked" ~ and once "his ship came in"
perchance left any seafaring ventures to his "captteins."
However, it is known that upon completing his apprenticeship with a Charlestown tanner in the late 1760's, he went to Boston until "made free" (coming of age at the beginning of his 21st year) ~ then set off on foot with a "bondel" in his hand and 8 dollars and 20 cents ~ (that being the proceeds from selling his "freedom sout" to a "vandour") ~ arriving to his new community ~ (a "plase all noue" to him) ~ a handful of years after the Waterside Third Parish formed as the separate town of Newburyport in 1764.
More than a "rags to riches" story ~ Dexter serves as that "unseen thread" to weave the Waterside's history and history in the making. He is at once an ordinary and extraordinary constituent of the Waterside ~ who foretold in "Pickle" that from time to time he may come back "toue see houe you all goue."
And so, it makes perfect sense that Dexter comes home again to the Waterside during this year's Yankee Homecoming ~ "A Festival for the Senses" ~ helping to remark several milestones in history and history in the making ~ and "taking the helm in love" ~ help launch "peradventures" ~ on land and water. The Ship is Ready! Come Home! Come Home!