General Interest Items – February 19, 2014

Posted on Feb 16 2014 in General by admin

2.1 U.S. History Bee – Glen Allen – Register by February 28
2.2 Sully Plantation March Events – Chantilly – Begin March 2
2.3 Battle of New Market 150th Anniversary Reenactment – New Market – Best Price by May 7
2.4 Battle of New Market Adventure Camp – New Market – May 17

 

2.1 U.S. History Bee – Glen Allen – Register by February 28

Staples Mill Road Baptist Church
10101 Staples Mill Road
Glen Allen, VA

Saturday, March 1, 2014, from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Cost: $20/contestant (grades 6 through 12). Bring cash or check to the event. Although test questions are designed for the high school level, younger students may participate. Register by Friday, February 28.

Top students at the regional events, such as the Glen Allen site, win prizes and may qualify to attend the National Championship in Washington, D.C. where the winner will be crowned U.S. History Bee National Champion and take home a $5,000 prize!

See the website for more information, or contact Gayle Stoneman at 804-339-0914 or gstoneman@pawscienda.com.

www.ushistorybee.org/events/staplesmill

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2.2 Sully Plantation March Events – Chantilly – Begin March 2

Sully Historic Site
3650 Historic Sully Way
Chantilly, VA

Cost: $7/adult; $6/student; $5/senior and child, unless otherwise stated. Children under two are always free (if the event is open to that age group). See the second link for more complex hours and cost options.

To get more information about non-coded programs, call Sully Historic Site at 703-437-1794.

The Art of the Pen at Teatime
Sunday, March 2, 2014, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Cost: $27. Use code 381 101 3402.

Local collector, Michael McDonnell, shares his collection of pens, and reveals the changes in pens, from the quill to dip pens and more. Enjoy a hot cup of tea and sweets, and then write your own words of wisdom with a quill pen using tea as ink.

Civil War Lecture: Mary Surratt and the Conspiracy Against Lincoln
Tuesday, March 11, from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. Donations are gratefully accepted. Light refreshments. Reservations required. It will be held at Cabell’s Mill in Centreville.

Ms. Lindsey Horn, Collections Manager at the Surratt House Museum, and long-time researcher on the Lincoln assassination will talk about Mary Surratt, Confederate sympathies in Southern Maryland, and the original plot to kidnap the President. This Civil War 150th Commemorative Program is sponsored by the Sully Foundation, Ltd., in memory of Thom F. Hanes, one of the original founders.

What’s in a [Tin] Sign?
Sunday, March 16, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Cost: $10. Use code 381 101 3501.

Tin punch your own sign! Eighteenth-century trades included the apothecary, bookbinder, chandler, and wigmaker, among many others. Each shop had its own distinctive sign. At which trade would you earn your living in the eighteenth century? Learn about the different trades and their representative symbols, and then make your own sign of punched tin.

Register online at the second link. If you are not already registered with Fairfax County parks, you will need to create an account. Register for programs that have a 10-digit code on-line, by phone at 703-222-4664, or send your registration form and fee to:

FCPA/Parktakes
PO Box 4606
Fairfax, VA 22038-4606

For questions, call 703-437-1794 or e-mail Sullyevents@fairfaxcounty.gov.

www.fairfaxcounty.gov/parks/sully-historic-site

www.fairfaxcounty.gov/parks/parktakes

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2.3 Battle of New Market 150th Anniversary Reenactment – New Market – Best Price by May 7

Virginia Museum of the Civil War
8895 George Collins Parkway
New Market, VA

Friday through Sunday, May 16 through 18, 2014, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Cost: $8/day (for ages 10 and over when purchased before May 7); $10 at the gate. Children ages nine and under are free. Tickets are non-refundable. All ages are welcome; dress comfortably.

Come see the 150th anniversary of the Battle of New Market, the nation’s oldest continual reenactment fought on the original battlefield. A reenactment will occur each of the three days including the initial artillery and cavalry skirmish along Smith Creek, the opening engagement in the Town of New Market, and the final battle in which 257 Cadets from the Virginia Military Institute made the difference between victory and defeat.

Between reenactments, visit the museum and the historic Bushong Farm, tour Virginia’s Civil War History Mobile, and attend lectures, book signings, and a Civil War fashion show. Stroll through the Union and Confederate camps or buy that special 19th-century item from Sutler’s Row.

See the website for more information, or contact Stacey Nadeau at 866-515-1864 or nadeausr@vmi.edu.

www2.vmi.edu/museum/nm

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2.4 Battle of New Market Adventure Camp – New Market – May 17

Virginia Museum of the Civil War
8895 George Collins Parkway
New Market, VA

Saturday, May 17, 2014, from 9:30 a.m. to noon. Cost: $35/child (ages 7 through 12); includes admission to the reenactment for the camper and one accompanying adult. Pre-registration is required and space is limited. Either period dress or comfortable clothing is appropriate.

Get hands on with history! Explore the Battle of New Market as if you were a soldier, a civilian, or even a VMI cadet. Learn basic drill maneuvers, eat authentic period food, try your hand at 19th-century games, win prizes, and more.

See the website for more information, or contact Stacey Nadeau at 866-515-1864 or nadeausr@vmi.edu.

www.vmi.edu/newmarket

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