ST. MARYS - St. Marys will hold its first Civil War re-enactment, Blue & Gray Days, in honor of the 150th anniversary of the Civil War.
Confederate and Union soldiers will move into the St. Marys Marina on Sept. 30 and provide living history demos for the area schools. Students from A.I. Boreman are slated to attend the event.
Oct. 1 will feature a parade, skirmish, dinner with the soldiers, and a night firing of the cannons. A battle will take place following a period-style church service on Oct. 2. The public is welcome to tour the camps during the weekend.
The tentative schedule includes living history demonstrations for area schools on Friday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
On Saturday the camps will be open to the public all day. At 11 a.m. there will be a tea on Creel Street. Ladies must be in period dress to attend. A $5 donation is asked; contact Jessi Rupert at 304-684-9909. There will also be a parade on Second Street at 1 p.m., followed by a skirmish at 1:30 p.m. on Second Street. A public dinner with the re-enactors will be held from 6-8 p.m. on Creel Street. A $5 donation is requested for the period-style meal; contact Rupert. The day will end with a night firing of the cannons at 9 p.m.
On Sunday the camps open to the public at 10 a.m. A Civil War church service will be at 10:30 a.m. at the St. Marys Marina, also the site of a historical skit and battle at 1 p.m.
Floats, military units, fire departments, walking units, EMS units, etc. are all welcome in Saturday's parade. Line up is at the St. Marys Marina at noon on Oct. 1.