Jun 2, 2022
PHILIPPI — The official opening for the Annual Blue & Gray Reunion is scheduled for 6 p.m. today at Philippi’s downtown Gazebo. Craft and food vendors will help kick off the festivities when they open for business at 6 p.m. at Courthouse Square.
The event will also feature entertainment from the Phrawg Giggers at the Gazebo at 6:15 p.m., and the Secrets to Writing History in the Barbour County courtroom at 7 p.m. on opening night. Walking History Day is scheduled for Friday beginning at 9 a.m. More information and literature on this event will be available at the information tent at Courthouse Square, where food vendors and craft displays will be set up from 9 a.m. until 9 p.m.
Also on Friday at 9 a.m., there will be an 1803 Doctor’s Kit on display with medical demonstrations at Suter Row. The Barbour Grays will be joined by an Apple Butter display and sale at 9 a.m. at the Confederate Camp. The First Lt Artillery Battery A will be at the Blue Gray Park at 9 a.m, while Lurty’s Horse Artillery will make their way to Veterans Park at the same time.
Green Camp Forge will open on Friday at 9 a.m. and there will be a Barbour County Courthouse Tours beginning at 9:30 a.m. (11 a.m. – 3 p.m.). Children’s Toys from the 1860s will be on display at the Public Library at 10 a.m. and a Quilt Show (Eye of the Needle) at the Garden Market. Hanger Amputation will be at Suter Row (10:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 1 p.m., 2 p.m.) and the Formation of West Virginia will be held in the courtroom (10:30 a.m.) Women in the War will be at 1 p.m in the courtroom and General Grant will be there at 2 p.m.
Reenactor registration will be Friday at 3 p.m. beside the tent at Courthouse Square. There will be entertainment at the Gazebo from 3 p.m. until 7 p.m. with Acoustic Fusion, Crusty and Jon Bolton.
The parade line up will begin at 6:30 p.m. on Friday at Subway. The parade will get underway at 7 p.m.
The evening will be capped off with B&O and the Birth of West Virginia at the Courtroom at 8 p.m. The Belington Elementary 5K run will begin at 8:30 a.m. Saturday morning on Walnut Street behind the Gazebo. Signups will be in the gazebo area beginning at 7 a.m.
The camps will open to the public at 9 a.m. on Saturday. Crafts and food vendors will open at the same time and another reenactor registration will be held at the info tent. Hanger Amputation will be at Suter Row (9 a.m. -11 a.m. -2:45 p.m.) and 1803 Doctor’s Kit on display and demo will be at 9 a.m.
At 9:30 a.m. Saturday, Little Soldiers signups (ages 6-12) will be at 9:30 a.m. next to the museum. At the same time there will be Commander’s Meeting at the Confederate Camp, Mark Poling Memorial at Veterans’ Park, and Barbour County Courthouse Tour.
Early Children’s Toys will be at the Public Library and a Quilt Show (Eye of the Needle) will be at the Garden Market. Both are slated for 10 p.m. Little Soldiers Battle will be at the Covered Bridge at 10:15 a.m. A Pie and Cupcake Contest will be from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m.
Soldiers Stew will be from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m., and the Blue and Gray Reunion Ride (lineup) is at 11 a.m. The Blue and Gray Departure will be at noon and the Pie and Cupcake Contest judging is at 1 p.m. There will be a Skirmish at the Covered Bridge from 2 p.m. until 2:45 p.m.
Entertainment will start at the Gazebo as the skirmish ends and will be ongoing until 9:30 p.m. The Mason’s, Acoustic Fusion, Full Circle, B-Sharp and Stone Creekare slated to perform.
The reenactors dinner is at 5 p.m. (Taj Moe Hall) and there will be a Civil War Social at 7 p.m. The B&O and the Birth of West Virginia will be in the courtroom at 8 p.m. and a Night Cannon Fire and Skirmish at the Coverage Bridge will cap off Friday’s events at 10:30 p.m.
Revelle will be Sunday at 8 a.m. and at 9 a.m. there will be a Commander’s Meeting at the Confederate Camp. Crafts and food vendors will be open at 9 a.m. and run until 2 p.m. An 1891 Church Service will be at the Gazebo at 10 a.m. and there will be an Artillery Demonstration at the Covered Bridge at 12:30 p.m.
Entertainment will begin at the Gazebo at 12:35 p.m. on Sunday and the Troops will organize for battle at 1:30 p.m. The Reenactment of the First Land Battle will begin at 2 p.m.
“We expect a good turnout this year because the weather is going to be pretty good,” said Blue & Gray Committee member Ann Baldwin. “It’s usually rainy or too hot, but it looks like opening night throughout the weekend is pretty good. Plus we have a lot of good music coming to play at the Gazebo this year.”
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