Oct 06 2009
Friday, October 16, 2009 John Brown Halloween Spectacular at WCMFA in Hagerstown
WHAT: John Brown Halloween Spectacular
WHEN: Friday, October 16, 2009
WHERE: Washington County Museum of Fine Arts
HAGERSTOWN, MD — Held in conjunction with the exhibit, “The Unwritten War: A Visual Story of the American Civil War,” sponsored by the Hagerstown Washington County Convention and Visitors Bureau, the Museum will present an exciting evening in observance of the 150th Anniversary of John Brown’s Raid at Harper’s Ferry. The John Brown Halloween Spectacular will be held on Friday, October 16 from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. and is sponsored in part by the Michael G. Callas Charitable Trust and the Estate of Miss Jane Steffey in memory of John Grason Steffey and Mary Erwin Steffey.
Portrayed by Larry Clowers, General Ulysses S. Grant, the most recognizable and well-known Union generals, Commander of the Union Armies and 18th President of the United States, will discuss his life, the war and his family’s connection to John Brown. Constance Clowers, as Julia Dent Grant, his wife, will present a fashion show. Discover the fashions of the 1860s as Mrs. Grant demonstrates what was worn during the Civil War era. Discover how many layers of garments were worn, how long it took to dress and the secrets of the hoop-skirt. Audience participation is encouraged! Garments include hoop skirts, corsets, bonnets, and much, much more.
Hear haunting tales of the Civil War as told by Storyteller, Ann Griffith, while surrounded by items from the era including stories of John Brown, the town of Chambersburg and other nearby locales. Ann Griffith has performed in a variety of settings throughout Pennsylvania, New York and Maryland. From well-lit corners to large halls to blankets beneath the stars, Ann has shared her unique interactive storytelling style with schools, after school programs, camps, community groups and libraries since 1992.
Between programs, children can participate in a silhouette cutting activity and a bullet carving session, with a bullet-sized lump of clay, a craft employed by some soldiers to pass the time at camp. Refreshments of the day will be available for purchases and include apple cider, lemonade, short bread and gingerbread. Take time out to have your photograph taken as Abraham Lincoln, don the famous top hat and beard of “Honest Abe” as you pose for our photographer. The Museum’s all new, spooky, Halloween scavenger hunt will also make its debut. Tickets are $5 per person for this very special, after-hours family event and can be purchased by phone or in person.
Thanks to the generosity of Antietam Cable Television, Inc., Hagerstown, Maryland, visitors will be able to view the popular local series, “Legends “ and “South Mountain Magic.” These DVDs will be shown throughout the day, October 16, between 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. in the Bowman Concert Gallery.