Monday, February 23, 2009

Upcoming Events in Gettysburg

As those cold and miserable days of winter are (hopefully) nearing an end, plans are underway for some great events this spring in Gettysburg. There are some terrific activities to do in the spring off-season beginning in late March. Below are some of which I hope to attend. There are even more listed on the Gettysburg Convention & Visitors Bureau, showing numerous events for all different tastes and interests.

On Saturday March 28, Harrisburg Area Community College (Gettysburg Campus) will be hosting their annual Civil War Seminar. The cost is $59 and includes two indoor sessions, two meals, and a battlefield tour. The first speaker will be James Getty, famed Lincoln impersonator and historian. Mr. Getty will be speaking about Lincoln and the bicentennial. Afterward, attendees may choose one of the following sessions:

President Lincoln Comes to Gettysburg - by John J. Fitzpatrick
Ring of Iron: Defense of the Baltimore Road - Charles C. Fennell
June 26, 1863: The First Battle of Gettysburg - Timothy Smith
Connecticutt at Gettysburg - Stuart Dempsey
Clash of Sabers at East Cavalry Field - David Hamacher

Another upcoming event is History Meets the Arts on April 18 and 19. That Saturday, I will be attending the 2nd Annual Mort Kunstler Collectors' Seminar at the MKunstler Gallery and Gettysburg Hotel on York Street. The famed artist and other experts will be there discussing Kunstler's work, technique, and more. Kunstler will be painting or drawing something at that time, and all who attend will be entered in a raffle to win it. (Now that would be cool!) This event is $30 per adult and $15 per student and well worth it. The little brother and myself attended last year and had a great time.

That same day, equally as talented Civil War artist John Paul Strain will be at The Gettysburg Frame Shop on Chambersburg Street. Artist Keith Rocco will be there that day as well at the Brafferton Inn. I plan to soak in all the info and talent in Gettysburg that weekend. Simply looking at the artwork of all these guys helps my own technique as an artist improve. Plus, the newly opened David Wills House should be worth a visit as well. If you think these are a lot of things to do, just wait until summer!

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