Knox Museum will host a giant birthday bash for Henry Knox called Cut the Cake! on Saturday, July 20, at 11 a.m. behind Cole House — next door to Montpelier, the big white house at the turn to St. George in Thomaston.

Admission is free, and kids of all ages — especially those under 10 years old — are invited to attend.

Cut the Cake! immediately follows the annual wreath-laying ceremony at General Knox’s graveside in Village Cemetery in Thomaston at 10:30 a.m. The public is also invited to that event. Both the ceremony and the birthday party are presented in partnership with Thomaston Historical Society.

A light lunch of tea sandwiches and fruit punch will be served, followed by a cakewalk with birthday cake and ice cream for all. Velocipede, a fiddle and mandolin duo, will provide musical entertainment. Costumed storytellers will read to the children, and there will be games and activities for young and old.

The Lady Knox Hat Parade Contest, organized by mother/daughter Museum members Sarah and Elizabeth Akin, will top off the birthday party. Prizes will be awarded for most beautiful, most fanciful, most authentic, and funniest hats, among other categories. Everyone is encouraged to don their finest summer hats, whether they are 18th century Lucy Knox-inspired or of more recent design. All sorts of hats are welcome. Tri-cornered hats and mob caps will be provided for the children to wear at the party.

A photo booth with selected costume pieces and props will be available for capturing some dressed-up family shots, and there will be party favors, including discount family passes to Montpelier, for the children to take home.

Partygoers are asked to bring blankets or outdoor chairs if possible. Some seating and canopy cover will be provided. The party be at the Cole House in case of rain.

For more information, call 354-8062 or e-mail