Tuesday, February 07, 2012

Firewood splitting at Hale Farm

Wood Cutting Party - June 2, 2012 - 9 am

As we did last year, volunteers are needed to help split firewood for this year's Hale Farm Civil War reenactment. We ran two splitters last year and were able to stack enough wood for the entire event in around two to three hours. Hale Farm will also be providing lunch! Bring your work gloves!!

Friday, February 03, 2012

2d Battalion drill/tactical and film shoot

This years's Birney's Division 2d Battalion drill will be held in partnership with the Army of the Ohio, and hosted by the 6th Ohio Cavalry. The dates are April 20-22, 2012 in Scio, OH (betweet New Philadelphia and Steubenville).
In addition to infantry drill sessions, we will also be conducting a Sunday morning judged tactical involving Confederate infantry and cavalry.

On Friday evening and at times on Saturday, we will be involved in shooting military background scenes for the film "The Light of Freedom" about the Underground Railroad (www.thelightoffreedommovie.com). The film company will be providing Lunch on Saturday and Sunday, as well as dinner on Sunday for those who stay that late.

The registration fee for those who pre-register up to and including Saturday, April 7, 2012 will be $5.00 per participant. After April 7th and for walk-ons, the registration fee will be $8 per participant. This activity is being held on private property and the registration fee is to cover portajohns, straw and firewood. Additionally this year it will be necessary for all participants to execute the attached liability waiver. You can download it by clicking HERE.

Please forward this information to your membership with instructions to print out the attached liability waiver, sign and date it, and mail it along with the registration fee to:

Don Lee
Adjutant, 6th OVC
7491 Huff Run Road
Mineral City, Ohio 44656-8501

Checks or money orders should be made payable to the 6th Ohio Volunteer Cavalry.

More information will be forthcoming. If you have ANY questions at all, please contact Chris Smith at clsmith@5thohio.com.

Thursday, February 02, 2012

Let's give the oxen good Civil War names!

A team of 4-year-old milking shorthorn oxen moved from Maine to Hale Farm and Village in January. The oxen will make their public debut at the annual Maple Sugar Festival presented by Bob Evans Restaurants on March 17, 18, 24, and 25, 2012.

After enjoying a pancake breakfast, guests will discover the ancient process of maple sugar production, a tradition in the Cuyahoga Valley that began with American Indians before the time of Jonathan Hale. Other event activities include exploring maple sugar production methods in the Sugar Camp, building a log cabin, making maple candy, and enjoying Hale Farm and Village craft and trade demonstrations, including glassblowing, blacksmithing, pottery, and spinning and weaving. One admission buys breakfast, courtesy of Bob Evans Restaurants, and all activities.

The milking shorthorn oxen are a historic breed originating from England. They will serve two very significant roles for Hale Farm and Village. They will demonstrate to the guests the early farming practices of the 19th century, and they will accomplish the needed tasks of tending a farm. The team will be used much like they would have been in the 1800s, plowing and harrowing fields, pulling carts for daily chores such as collecting maple syrup or transporting water, and hauling supplies like firewood for cooking and hay for feeding livestock.

Visitors to Hale Farm and Village are invited to help name the new oxen. Historically appropriate names can be submitted via the Hale Farm and Village Facebook page (http://www.facebook.com/halefarm) or in person at the Maple Sugar Festival. The names will be announced April 1, 2012, on Facebook and on the Hale Farm and Village website. The person who suggests the chosen names will receive a one year family membership and will be invited to return to Hale Farm and Village to have their picture taken with the ox team.

The Maple Sugar Festival is two weekends, March 17-18, and 24-25, 2012 from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm. Pancakes are served until 3:00 pm. No reservations are necessary. Admission is $15 adults; $10 Children
(age 3-12); $5 WRHS Members. Group discounts are available. Discount coupons are available in Bob Evans Restaurants. Maple Sugar programs are available for school children March 19-23, 2012. For more information call 330-666-3711 or visit http://www.halefarm.org/.