Batesville Herald Tribune, Batesville, Indiana

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August 21, 2009

History to come alive in Napoleon

History will come alive Friday-Sunday, Aug. 28-30, when Living History Days are celebrated in Napoleon.

For the third annual festival, new activities and events have been added. “We have a group out of Canada, who are retired teachers, Faire Tyme Toys .... who will have a lot of games and toys from the Civil War period,” reveals committee member Jane Link.

Children can play with the toys, notes committee member Pat Hicks. There will be a fancy dress ball (please see schedule in box), which is “nothing more than a square dance,” she explains. “You don’t have to be in costume” to participate. Cake walks, where patrons have a chance to win desserts, will be held during intermission. “It’s an old thing they used to do,” she adds.

“The ladies High Tea with Queen Victoria will have music .... (and) a three-course meal.” There will be two carriage rides, one an historical tour.

Tunes from days gone by will be remembered during a hootenanny, when the audience joins in singing American, African, English, Irish and Scottish folk songs.

Entries for the quilt show can be turned in from 9-10 a.m. Saturday at the St. John’s Lutheran Church, Napoleon, side door. They will be displayed in church, with judging beginning at 10 a.m. and quilts released at 4 p.m.

The four categories are applique, cross-stitch or embroidered, pieced and other, including wall hangings or baby quilts. Prizes: first place in each class, $10; second place in each class, $5; best of show, $40. For more information, persons can contact Margie Harmeyer at 934-5469.

Last year’s fourth-grade students, who studied Indiana history, also got involved. They were invited to draw pictures or write paragraphs about Napoleon’s or Ripley County’s history. Two school participated, St. Louis School, Batesville, and Jac-Cen-Del Elementary School, Osgood, says Link.

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