Blue and Gray kicks into high gear

PHILIPPI – The Blue and Gray Reunion in Philippi experienced both blue and gray skies – and even some rain – this week, but the weather hasn’t dampened the spirits of those who love the event.

While some brave patrons battled the rain Thursday, schools from around the state of West Virginia brought their students to the Reunion Friday to enjoy the many kids’ activities.

Students participated in a variety of different games and activities from listening to traditional Civil War era music to making sand art and visiting the famous Philippi mummies in the Barbour County Historical Museum.

“I liked the music,” said Delayna Moury, 9, who was with the Tunnelton-Denver Elementary School group Friday. “They showed us some instruments that they made.”

Moury also said she learned how mummies are preserved at the museum.

“I’m just excited to walk around and see all about the history and all that,” said Natalie Flynn, 10, also with Tunnelton-Denver Elementary.

The festivities continue today, beginning with a 5k run at 9 a.m. Registration for the run starts at 7 a.m. behind the gazebo on the Barbour County Courthouse lawn.

Youth ages 6-12 are invited to participate in their own battle reenactment, “Little Soldiers Battle.” The battle takes place from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. near the Philippi Covered Bridge. Interested soldiers may register at 9:30 a.m. in the same area. The battle is followed by an artillery demonstration.

At 1 p.m., a reenactor’s skirmish is scheduled at the Philippi Covered Bridge area. Guests can watch as the Union and Confederate reenactors fire upon one another in a mock battle.

At 2:15 p.m., spectators can watch the first Hanger amputation reenactment at Sutler Row in the parking lot of BC Bank of Philippi.

The second Hanger amputation reenactment will take place at 9 p.m. in the same location by candlelight, and the third will be after Sunday’s reenactment of the “First Land Battle of the Civil War,” a.k.a. the “Philippi Races,” at 2 p.m. The reenactment can be watched along Main Street, but the amputation following it will take place in the same location as the others.

Music from the Civil War period will be performed by the Blue and Gray Community Choir at 3 p.m. today in Crim Methodist Church of Philippi. Later in the evening, spectators can join those in period costume at the Civil War Ball, starting at 8 p.m. on the Barbour County Courthouse lawn.

Fireworks are scheduled to go off at 10 p.m. today in the vicinity of Shop ‘N Save. Then, at 11 p.m., spectators are welcome to watch the Reenactor’s Night Skirmish from Main Street.

On Sunday, guests may attend an 1800’s style church service at 10 a.m. at Presbyterian Church of Philippi.