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BEVERLY, WV - The Beverly in the Civil War event on July 13 will feature activities for all ages, in continued recognition of the 150th anniversary of the Civil War. The event will feature children's activities, a History Alive! presentation of Porte Crayon, Blue and Gray Community Choir concert, period craft demonstrations and home-cooked meals.

"This will be a fun event, with Civil War activities for all age groups including a chance for children to try things themselves," Darryl DeGripp, executive director of the Beverly Heritage Center, said in a news release.

Beginning at 11 a.m., children age 7 and up will have the opportunity to participate in Civil War-era activities outside the Beverly Heritage Center. Activities will include learning military drill, as well as a campfire lunch. The museum will be open all day, free of charge, and children will be able to take a guided tour of all four exhibits. Preregistration is urged for this free activity.

David Hunter Strother, also known as Porte Crayon, the famous 19th century artist, writer and topographer, will make an appearance at the Center at 3:30 p.m. Historian Don Teter, from Monterville, will portray Porte Crayon as part of the West Virginia Humanities Council's History Alive!  The presentation will include a monologue by Porte Crayon, a discussion with the character and conclude with a discussion with the presenter.

Period craft demonstrations including blacksmithing, printing, and basket-weaving will be featured starting at 10 am. Mountain Winds Woodwind Ensemble will provide music at 2 p.m.  Les Caraher and Peter Baxter will play minstrel music following the program at 4:30 p.m.

Evening activities will move to the Beverly Presbyterian Church, which will host a pork tenderloin dinner in the church annex at 5:30 p.m. The dinner costs $14.

The Blue and Gray Community Choir will provide a special concert of Civil War period music, American folk songs and patriotic music in the historic Beverly Presbyterian church at 7 p.m.

For information about this and other Beverly Heritage Center events, see www.beverlyheritagecenter.org.