Saturday, October 6, 2012—Rain or Shine
Civil War Encampment Program Schedule
8 till 8:45 am — Commemoration Ceremony at Civil War Gravesites
Invocation by Reverend Chris Caton, Memorial Address of Gratitude, laying of flowers, and bagpipe and snare drum salute at Walnut Grove Cemetery, 817 Old Colony Road, Meriden CT 06451.
- Reveille opens the event at 9 a.m.
- Civil War Encampment opens to the public
- Demonstrations of typical activities and chores by 2d Conn. Volunteers Heavy Artillery (SCVHA)—all day throughout camp. Visitors are invited to wander around camp and ask questions.
- Marching and drilling by SCVHA
- Presentations and entertainment—all day on the outdoor stage, arranged by Meriden Historical Society
- Lewis Dube, nationally renowned Lincoln actor, brings the 16th President to life. He’ll be at camp with the troops.
- Meriden Public Library Bookmobile — The Bookmobile will be loaded with Civil War, history and a selection of books for all ages. Bring your library card.
- Variety of vendors offering wares
- Hot dogs and burgers served by the Meriden Lions Club; drinks and snacks by Christmas in the Village, MHS, MAT and the QRWA—available for purchase all day
9:15 am — Where is Camp Tyler? Why was it in Meriden? — by Norm Teague
10 am — They Called Me Lizzy … From Slavery to the White House
A retrospective portrayal of Elizabeth “Lizzy” Hobbs Keckley, best known as the personal dressmaker and confidante of Mary Todd Lincoln. A one-woman play written and directed by Kandie Carle.
11:15 am — Calamity Sisters & Friends — a Civil War music troupe performs songs and stories from the era.
Noon — Drilling with authentic weapons by the 2d Conn. Volunteers.
1:30 pm — Connecticut in the Civil War — From his new book, Dr. Matthew Warshauer will discuss Connecticut in the American Civil War: Slavery, Sacrifice and Survival, as well as the State’s plans to commemorate the Civil War’s 150th Anniversary.
2:30 pm — Honest Abe & Meriden’s Marble Steps — by Carlos A. Carrero
3 pm — Performance of Taps at the flagpole closes the event.
Schedule subject to change without notice.