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Schedule of events for Living Liberty/Hunter?s Retreat April 25 to 27

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By Tom Wilmoth

New events:

Karen Nichols will present Civil War era songs in concert Friday night at the Meeting House Church at 8 p.m.. Music was important to those experiencing the Civil War on the battlefront and back home, and various songs emerged as inspirational and culturally long-lasting. Such songs as Lorena, The Vacant Chair and much of Stephen Foster?s work will be featured in this hour long tribute to the music of that time. This concert and reception is provided by the Bedford Historical Society.

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There will also be a special program Saturday evening in front of the Bedford Primary School at 9 p.m. featuring Stan Clardy, Soldiers in Gray, a one man historic, educational and musical play written and performed by Stan Clardy. It is a story of a soldier?s life before, during and after the War Between the States 1861-1865. This is a fictional character whose story is based on written facts and personal letters of people who endured this fight for the South; starting with the thunder of the threatened south and ending with discovering a treasure?a heritage treasure. This educational, musical journey of a soldier?s life and feelings during the war will encourage you to preserve and honor our southern heritage for which these soldier?s fought. Stan will also be performing Saturday morning at 11:30 a.m. at the Randolph Macon Academy grounds featuring ?Bobby Lee Opossum.?

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Saturday evening, a period dance at the Elks National Home dining hall will feature ?Riddle on the Harp? at 7 p.m. Period attire suggested but is not mandatory. Paul Childress will be the dance caller.

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Two church services will be available from Chaplain Alan Farley of Reenactor?s Missions for Jesus Christ on Sunday. Camp church services at Randolph-Macon Academy grounds at 9 a.m. and at the Historic Meeting House at 10:30 a.m.

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Shop and eat with the period sutlers. Scheduled to attend are: Liberty Emporium, Southern Blacksmith and Old South Cookery.

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Lee?s Lieutenants will have a Living History camp in front of Bedford Primary School. Special program by General Lee and his staff after Saturday?s battle will be at 3:30 p.m.

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Battle reenactments will be at 2 p.m. on Saturday at the Elks National Home and on Sunday in the Streets of Bedford.

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Most activities are free but some have costs noted

in schedule.

Schedule:

Friday

7 p.m. Ghost Walk-$5 (BM)

8 p.m. Karen Nichols in Concert. Suggested donation $5. (HMH)

Saturday

9:30 a.m. Infantry Demonstration (RMA)

10:30 a.m. Artillery Demonstration (RMA)

11:30 a.m. Kids (Young & Old) Program Bobby Lee O?Possum (RMA)

2 p.m. The Battle of Liberty (ELK)

3:30 p.m. Meet the Generals (BPS)

7 p.m. Period Dance-suggested donation $5 (ELK)

9 p.m. Soldiers in Gray-A Musical Journey/Suggested Donation $5 (BPS)

Sunday

9 a.m. Church in Camp (RMA)

10:30 a.m. Period Church Service (HMH)

2 p.m. Hunter?s Retreat Battle (CT)

On-going activities

Museum open for research and Civil War Collectibles Display (BM)

CSA & US Encampments (RMA)

Shop and eat at period sutlers (RMA)

Living History Camp-Visit with General Robert E. Lee and his staff, Matthew Brady, Civil War Photographer, and Chaplain Farley of Reenactor?s Missions for Jesus Christ (BPS)

Location Keys

RMA-Randolph Macon/Liberty Academy

BM-Bedford Museum

ELK-Elks National Home

HMH-Historic Meeting House

CT-Centertown Bedford

BPS-Bedford Primary School

For more information, visit the Web site: www.livingliberty.org or call 540-586-6204 or 540-400-3143.