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Friday, August 6, 2010

2010 at the Confederate Reunion Grounds (part 1)

By Dixie Hoover, site manager at Confederate Reunion Grounds

After a cold, wet winter, spring arrived at the Confederate Reunion Grounds, along with public visitors for events, programs, group use and camping, family reunions, weddings, Scout projects, volunteer projects, and work days. These activities kept site staff busy through the end of July, when a little cold and wet weather would be more welcome now than the first of the year.

Chautauqua & Coffee learning series , March 7, 2010
Discussion for southern quilts by historian Lynn Deal, site manager at Sam Bell Maxey House, and preservationist Robin Gilliam, site manager at Eisenhower Birthplace.

The Mexia chapter of Ducks Unlimited gathered in March for a meeting with the hope of catching a glimpse of wood ducks nesting in the trees on the grounds. When not searching for wood ducks, they enjoyed relaxing under the historic 1893 Dance Pavilion. The site is #23 on the Big Woods Loop of the Prairies and Pineywoods-West Great Texas Wildlife Trails.

Too Cool Racing used the site as part of an area bicycle race the end of March. Participants were required to leave their bicycles at the front gate and run through the site on foot to gather clues as part of the day’s activities. The shade trees around Miss Mamie Kennedy’s ruins provided a cool respite to look for clues.

The first of April found the Mother Earth Music Festival enjoying the cool shade of the bur oaks for camping, and evenings under the 1893 Dance Pavilion for jam sessions.

School Day 2010, Friday, April 16

The third weekend in April provided beautiful weather for the 16th annual Civil War Living History and Reenactment, hosted by the Friends of the Confederate Reunion Grounds. Next year’s event is scheduled to take place April 15-17.

Public Days Battle Reenactment, Saturday and Sunday, April 17-18

Texas Historical Commission’s Historic Sites Free Day, Sunday, April 16th featured Brian Burns in a live performance for “Once Upon a Time in Texas”

**The Confederate Reunion Grounds is located southwest of Mexia on FM 2705 in the Texas Brazos Trail Region.

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