Battle Days returns this weekend
by Beth Sergent
POINT PLEASANT — The annual Battle Days celebration will take place this weekend, Oct. 5-7, with several events and reenactors converging on Point Pleasant to celebrate the first battle of the American Revolution.
This year, in addition to bringing back favorite activities, organizers of Battle Days have added a new event for Friday - cricket. Students and visitors will get to “play ball” 18th Century style at Tu-Endi-Wei park. Short and informal games of cricket will be organized by an American cricket player and historian. Games will be conducted throughout the day and are open to everyone.
All Battle Days’ activities are held at Tu-Endie-Wei State Park unless otherwise noted. Below is an itinerary for the festival:
Friday, Oct. 5 - 10a.m. - 4:30 p.m., Mansion House Museum open, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m., crafts available for sale on Main Street, encampments and craft demonstrations, 7:30 p.m., lantern tour.
Saturday, Oct. 6 - 10 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., Mansion House Museum open, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., crafts, activities for all ages and entertainment sponsored by Main Street Merchants, 11 a.m., parade on Main Street, essay contest reception at Point Pleasant River Museum, 12:30 p.m., Chief Cornstalk, 1 p.m., park ranger walk and talk, Daniel and Rebecca Boone, 1:30 p.m., children’s colonial games, Andrew Lewis, 2 p.m., Anne Bailey, Modock Rounders, 2:30 p.m., Chief Cornstalk, Daniel and Rebecca Boone, 3 p.m., children’s colonial games, Anne Bailey, Andrew Lewis, 4 p.m., Ladies Colonial Tea, 6 p.m. - 8 p.m., Colonial Governor’s Reception at American Legion (tickets are required, SAR members only), 8 p.m. - 11 p.m., Colonial Ball, American Legion (free and public).
Sunday, Oct. 7 - 10 a.m., colonial church service, 1 p.m. - 4:30 p.m., Mansion House Museum, 2 p.m., memorial service.
Fort Randolph located at Krodel Park, will be open both Saturday and Sunday. Guided tram rides of the Riverfront Park mural will be available on Saturday, Oct. 6, cost is $2.
This year’s Battle Days is dedicated to Rod Brand for his volunteer hours to make the annual arts show possible.
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