Second annual Lewis Civil War Days fires up next weekend

LEWIS - The Second Lewis Civil War Days will take place next Friday, July 10, through Sunday, July 12, at the Mount Fay Fish and Game Club, located on Stowersville Road.

The event brings American Civil War history to life, with a particular focus on the involvement of the local soldiers in what has been called the greatest conflict on American soil.

Activities kick off Friday with a free public block dance from 8-10 p.m. at the Lewis Fish and Game Club, featuring music by Gary Phinney and the North Country Boys.

Throughout Saturday, demonstrations, lectures and reenactment battle will be held, and various Civil War scenarios. Saturday morning will offer a pancake breakfast sponsored by the Lewis American Legion Post, with a donation of $5 per person. Saturday night will feature a spaghetti dinner open to the public, from 5-8 p.m., sponsored by the Lewis Civil War Days Committee, with a donation of $7 per person.

Sunday will open with a breakfast to benefit the Lewis Congregational Church from 7-8:30 a.m., with a donation of $5. An outdoor church service by the Rev. Fred Shaw will begin at 9:30 a.m.

Civil War historian Brent Vosburg will give a presentation Sunday at 11 a.m. on Kentuckians Abraham Lincoln and Jefferson Davis. The presentation will be followed by a guided tour of the Lewis Cemetery, highlighting the grave sites of Civil War soldiers. A battle at 1 p.m. Sunday afternoon will conclude the weekend's events.

Concessions will be provided by the Mount Fay Fish and Game Club House at the club house on Friday and Saturday. 50/50 raffle tickets will be sold throughout the weekend, with a drawing Sunday at noon.

The event is sponsored by 118th New York Regiment/55th Virginia Company D. The 118th Regiment was formed from volunteers from Essex, Clinton and Warren counties, and was known as the Adirondack Regiment.

For more information, call Phil Jackson at 873-6849, send an e-mail to misslilycat1@yahoo.com, or visit www.lewiscivilwar.com.

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