Site ColumnsBy Michelle
August 25, 2006 - 8:52 PM
We spent both days last weekend in different centuries - Saturday at the Pennsylvania Renaissance Faire, and Sunday at a reenactment of the Civil War's Battle of Hanover. Saturday was very nearly a perfect day, though my younger son might disagree because he neither won in a raffle nor was allowed to purchase a $100 dragon puppet. We saw two jousts, swordfighting and whip work, the mud show (Antony and Cleopatra, though it bore as much resemblance to that play as to Venus and Adonis - even had a happy ending), contortionists and sword swallowers, an archery demonstration and an abbreviated production of Twelfth Night. I had fish & chips for lunch and a bread bowl with soup plus half a smoked turkey leg for dinner, with an apple dipped in the chocolate fountain and lots of bottled water in between.
The reenactors who recreated the Battle of Hanover fought last year on the actual streets where the battle took place, but this was very difficult for horses and motorists alike, so this time they held it in a wooded field a couple of blocks away. The Confederates in particular really like to shoot and loaned one of the cannons to the Union so they could have a big-gun battle as well as the foot soldiers and cavalry. Oddly, since we were in the Northern state of Pennsylvania, the Confederate army and the wives and children traveling with them seemed much larger than that of the Union, and the festival shop had lots of t-shirts with things like "Born in the C.S.A." and "I'd rather be historically fair than politically correct."
My children start school on Monday. I can't believe the summer is over.
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These were some of the major news items from the end of August 2004:
- Fans, Stars Gather To Honour Doohan This Weekend
Celebrities and fans alike gathered to fete James Doohan (Scotty) as the Alzheimer's-afflicted actor attended his final convention and received his star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Doohan appeared onstage along with all the surviving original series cast members — William Shatner (Kirk), Leonard Nimoy (Spock), George Takei (Sulu), Nichelle Nichols (Uhura), Walter Koenig (Chekov), Grace Lee Whitney (Rand) and Majel Barrett Roddenberry (Chapel, Lwaxana Troi).
- Auberjonois To Join Shatner on 'Boston Legal'
Captain Kirk was joined by Odo in the practice of law as Rene Auberjonois, who played Deep Space Nine's shapeshifter, signed on to appear as a recurring character on William Shatner's new series Boston Legal. Though Auberjonois was originally contracted to play a recurring character, he soon became a series regular.
- AP Praises UPN's New Shows
"Under Dawn Ostroff, the entertainment president who arrived two years ago...UPN has begun to find itself after a decade roaming in the wilderness," claimed one early review of Star Trek: Enterprise's network's 2004 fall season. Then, the Associated Press called Veronica Mars the best new show on any network. Now, that series has survived UPN itself and will move to the CW network this fall.
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