General Interest Items – September 5, 2013

Posted on Sep 1 2013 in General by admin

2.1 Patriot Day – Nationwide – September 11
2.2 To Kill a Mockingbird and Southern Culture – Onancock – September 28
2.3 DAR Essay Contests: Middle School and High School – Deadline Is October 31
2.4 Arts and Crafts Class – Goochland – Register by November 1

 

2.1 Patriot Day – Nationwide – September 11

Patriot Day is held in memory of nearly 3,000 people who died during the 2001 attacks in New York; Washington, D.C.; and Shanksville, Pennsylvania. It also recognizes and honors the nation’s first responders–indeed, ordinary people–who risked their lives and sacrificed materially to aid those in need. You could discuss with your family who it is you wish to honor with art (homemade cards or posters), cooking (share favorite family treats), and even with music (memorize another stanza of a patriotic song).

www.timeanddate.com/holidays/us/patriot-day

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2.2 To Kill a Mockingbird and Southern Culture – Onancock – September 28

Ker Place
69 Market Street
Onancock, VA

Saturday, September 28, 2013, from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. This event has multiple options; some are free and some have fees. See the schedule page (second link) for fees and times. Some events are free to homeschooling parents and students! The fees listed here do not necessarily cover all of a day’s activities.

The Virginia Eastern Shore is hosting this day-long celebration of To Kill a Mockingbird and an examination of the novel’s depiction of Southern culture. See the movie version of To Kill a Mockingbird, shown in Onancock’s historic Roseland Theatre.

Meet “Scout,” Mary Badham, who was nominated for an Academy Award for her portrayal of Scout in the 1962 movie. At the time, she was the youngest person ever nominated for an Oscar. She will discuss the making of the movie and answer questions. You can join her for lunch, too! See the website for ticket info.

Learn about life on Virginia’s Eastern Shore during the era of Jim Crow and the Great Depression. This free panel discussion will be led by a distinguished journalist. Panel members include experts in these topics along with individuals who lived through the era.

Attend free readings of the book performed by local actors. Join us for an authentic Southern lunch prepared by a local church and served on the grounds of historic Ker Place.

See the website for more information or contact the Eastern Shore of VA Historical Society at mockingbird@shorehistory.org. You must register for all events (including the free ones).

www.shorehistory.org/mockingbird

www.shorehistory.org/mockingbirdschedule.html

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2.3 DAR Essay Contests: Middle School and High School – Deadline is October 31

Deadline is October 31, 2013. Open to students who are in grades 9 through 12 and who are residents of the City of Williamsburg, James City County, and Upper York County. This year’s contest title is “How Do Americans View Christopher Columbus and George Washington Today?” Submit an entry of 800 to 1,200 words to Virginia Lee, 521 Newport Avenue, Williamsburg, VA 23185 or via e-mail to valee@widomaker.com. Subject line should read “DAR essay contest.” Get the details from the website.

Winning essays will be forwarded to the state and national levels for further judging. National first place winner receives $1,200, second place winner receives $500, and third place winner receives $300.

Both George Washington and Christopher Columbus are considered heroes from whose lives Americans can draw beneficial lessons. Discuss the similarities and differences between the ways in which Columbus and Washington dealt with and overcame challenges and adversities. What can Americans apply to their own lives from the experiences of these men?

American History Essay Contest
Deadline is October 31, 2013. Open to students in grades five through eight who are residents of the City of Williamsburg, James City County, and Upper York County, VA.

Using historical facts, discuss how the Revolutionary War is affecting your life. Pretend you are a boy or girl during the colonial fight for freedom as you complete your entry for this year’s Middle School Essay Contest: “The Lives of Children During the American Revolution.”

Submit your essay to Virginia Lee, 1st Vice Regent, Williamsburg Chapter, National Society Daughters of the American Revolution, c/o 521 Newport Avenue, Williamsburg, VA 23185 or e-mail to valee@widomaker.com with “DAR Essay Contest” in the subject line.

See the website for resources, reading materials, and entry details. One winner from each grade will be selected and forwarded for judging at state and national Levels. Winners at the local level receive a bronze medal; state winners receive silver medals; all entrants will receive certificates of participation.

See the website for further information or contact Virginia Snyder Lee at 757-221-6686 or valee@widomaker.com.

www.dar.org/natsociety/essays.cfm

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2.4 Arts and Crafts Class – Goochland – Register by November 1

Goochland Sports Complex Classroom B
1800 Sandy Hook Road
Goochland, VA

Saturday, November 9, 2013. From 10 a.m. to noon. Cost: $10/student (ages two through five years old); includes everything needed for class. Please dress for a potential mess! Pre-register by November 1.

Come create your own stocking and holiday ornament at the Stockings and Ornaments Class! Drop in anytime between 10 a.m. and noon to learn how to create your own personalized holiday themed decorations!

See the website for information or contact the Goochland Recreation Division at 804-556-5854 or jhewitt@co.goochland.va.us to ask questions or register.

http://tinyurl.com/nhmbha4

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