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Lincoln Shrine in Redlands, CA ~ Civil War Round Table

I wish you all could have been there tonight as The Inland Empire Civil War Round Table wrapped up this year with a wonderful dinner served at the Lincoln Shrine in Redlands. Bill Bell performed haunting Civil War melodies from his Under the Dome CD on a 200 year old violin. Richard Hanks shared about the making of the CD, and some intriguing information on Civil War music (watch for Krista’s article in the July Dispatch).

Michael & Janice HicksJanis and Michael Hicks (he playing Capt. Ellis Spear of the 20th Maine) waltzed beautifully around the dome in a swirl of silk and Union blue. They dance so elegantly together, it transports you back 140 years as you watch them!

Mr. Bell was kind enough to dedicate the Ashokan Farewell” to Krista, in honor of her 16th birthday. Krista also won a book in the oppty drawing. Our whole family attended, at her request, for part of her “Sweet Sixteen” birthday present (along with fabric for 2 period correct quilts!) I never imagined we would spend her 16th birthday at a museum listening to Civil War music – what a pleasant, unique memory for her. This ‘little thing we do on the weekends’ (reenacting hobby) is such a positive influence in kids lives – I encourage all parents to really involve their kids. It is so much more FUN as a family!

All in all, it was a lovely evening, in the beautiful Shrine, surrounded by fellow history buffs. You just feel so welcome, and enriched at the end of these evenings. It is refreshing to be around folks who have spent years studying, who READ history, and who really want to learn…and these folks aren’t even dressing up like we do! They just have a passion for the Civil War. I highly recommend joining the Round Table near you, or at least checking it out. The Redlands IECWRT will shut down for the summer and begin again in Sept. Consider it in the fall.

Onward and Upward,