POINT PLEASANT — Battle Days returns this Friday, Saturday and Sunday to Tu-Endie-Wei State Park, celebrating Point Pleasant’s important role in the history of the United States.
The Battle of Point Pleasant, which is argued to be the first battle of the Revolutionary War, is commemorated all year long at Tu-Endie-Wei by various monuments, but for a few days in October, the reasons for those monuments are recreated with actors, music, dance, outdoor theater and more. There is something for people of all ages and admission into the park is free.
For the second year, the Battle Days Committee will present its “History in the Round” with two performances this Friday only, at 7:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m., at Tu-Endie-Wei State Park. “History in the Round” tells the story of the Princess of the Point through sound, lighting and dramatic presentations. The public is invited to this outdoor theater to hear the princess’ tragic story as it intertwines with that of the Battle of Point Pleasant, Ann Bailey and Chief Cornstalk.
Some seating is provided, but bringing a lawn chair is suggested. There is no cost for this event and little walking is required. This is an opportunity to enjoy outdoor theater and relive Point Pleasant’s history.
This year is the first year for a Princess Tea Party for the younger visitors to Battle Days. All “princesses,” ages 4 through 10, are invited to dress up in their best gowns and tiaras for high tea with the Princess of the Point. The tea will be held on Saturday at 4 p.m. in the “Enchanted Forest” at Tu-Endie-Wei State Park. To make a reservation call (304) 675-6002, on or before Sept. 30.
The popular ranger walk will return at 1 p.m. Saturday with Park Ranger Doug Wiant giving a tour of Tu-Endie-Wei and also on Saturday, re-enactors will present some of Point Pleasant’s most notable figures, including Chief Cornstalk, Ann Bailey and Daniel Boone. There will be special musical presentations with instruments from that period, militia drilling and cannon firing, Native American drumming and dance. A colonial church service at the park and memorial service will also take place.
Also, the popular Battle Days Parade is at 11 a.m. Saturday, lineup is at 10 a.m., in front of Main Street Baptist Church. Call the Mason County Tourism Center for entry and details. 304-675-6788. There is no fee. Everyone welcome. All traffic on Main Street will be closed from 10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. parade day.
A complete listing of Battle Days events is as follows:
Friday: 10 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., Mansion House Museum is open for tours; 10 a.m.-5 p.m., craft vendors, encampments and demonstrations; 7:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m., History in the Round, an outdoor drama.
Saturday: 10 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., Mansion House Museum is open to the public; 10 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., crafts, activities, entertainment, sponsored by Main Street Merchants; 11 a.m., parade begins on Main Street; noon, elementary school chorus performs; 1 p.m., French Colony Chorus performs, Chief Cornstalk re-enactor speaks in character as the famous Native American chief, Park Ranger Walk starts with Ranger Doug Wiant guiding visitors through the historical markers and significance of all that is at Tu-Endie-Wei State Park, this is for all ages; 1:30 p.m., Colonial Games, Dulcimers perform; 2 p.m., Modock Rounders perform, Ann Bailey reenactor speaks in character as the famous scout; 2-4 p.m., meet the author event; 2:30 p.m., Chief Cornstalk re-enactor speaks in character as the famous Native American chief, militia drilling and cannon firing; 3 p.m., Ann Bailey re-enactor speaks in character as the famous scout; 3:30 p.m., Daniel Boone re-enactor speaks in character; 4 p.m., Princess Tea Party with the Princess of the Point in the enchanted forest (RSVP required by Sept. 30); 5 p.m., All Nations Drum performs Native American drumming along with dancers telling stories of life and death, joy and sorry in the from of music and dance; 6 – 8 p.m., Colonial Governor’s Reception at the American Legion for SAR members only, tickets required; 8-10 p.m., Colonial Ball, American Legion, free to ages 13 and up.
Sunday: 10 a.m., Colonial Church Service held on the battle monument steps, non-denominational service which is to be historically accurate; 1-4:30 p.m., Mansion House Museum is open for tours; 2 p.m., Memorial Service to pay homage to fallen soldiers by placing wreaths around the Magazine at the park.
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