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Civil War Gala with The Susquehanna Travellers and Victorian Dance Ensemble

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Civil War Gala with The Susquehanna Travellers and Victorian Dance Ensemble

Jul 29, 2017

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July 29, 2017 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

We will commemorate the history of the American Civil with our annual Civil War Gala.

Come out for an evening of music, dancing and merriment! The Susquehanna Travellers will be performing traditional American folk music with a focus on the music of the American Civil War.  If you don’t know how to dance (and lots of people who come usually don’t), don’t worry about it, a caller from The Victorian Dance Ensemble, will walk all of us through the steps before we actually dance to the music. Ladies and gentleman are encouraged to come in period attire.

Traditional Victorian light fare and beverages included, heartier food available for purchase and CASH BAR.

6:00 pm to 7:00 pm Reception with General and Mrs. Robert E. Lee and Dr. Marc Charisse, The Professor of Prestidigitation (Civil War era magic).  Hors D’oeuvres and refreshments will be served by The Glen Rock Mill Inn.

7:00 pm to 9:00 pm Civil War Ball  Cookies, Tea & Lemonade will be served.  Music by The Susquehanna Travellers and dance calling by the Victorian Dance Ensemble.

The Ordnance Detachment of the Civil War Dance Foundation will present a display (throughout the entire night) of the most common weapons used during the Civil War, including muskets, rifles, rifle-muskets, carbines, revolvers, swords and sabres. Unlike most museum exhibits, however, this display will allow close examination of the artifacts and even light handling by visitors. It is a rare opportunity to touch a piece of American history that is over 150 years old.

Knowledgeable living historians in period attire will explain the weapons and some of the new technology of the war, including breech-loaders, the Maynard tape and pellet priming systems, and pinfire and rimfire cartridges.

The display will also include information about the little-known role of women and children in manufacturing ammunition and about the hundreds who died in accidents doing that dangerous work.

This special exhibit is part of the educational outreach programming of the Civil War Dance Foundation. In addition to conducting Civil War balls, dance demonstrations and classes, the CWDF also presents military and civilian artifact displays and lectures on a variety of Civil War topics. In 2011, the CWDF was named the Reenactment Unit of the Year by the Civil War Trust.

Location is the New Freedom Community Center.  Doors will open at 5:30PM.

Tickets may be purchased at the door.

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COVID-19 Health and Safety Protocols:

Please reschedule your excursion if you recently tested positive for COVID-19, have been exposed, or are exhibiting symptoms.

Hand sanitizing stations are available at the ticket area, in the gift shop, and in restrooms.