Vendors, rides highlight day in Manchester

June 04, 1993|By Pat Brodowski | Pat Brodowski,Contributing Writer

Come to Manchester Day this year, and you'll find the traditional pleasures of a full fire company breakfast and lunch, amusement park and horse-drawn wagon rides, and live entertainment, all woven around a flea market bursting with more than 100 vendors of antiques, crafts, jewelry and more.

Manchester Day takes place at the carnival grounds off York Street tomorrow. From 6 a.m. to 10 a.m., eggs, pancakes, sausage, ham and hominy pudding will be served as a fund-raiser by the men of Manchester's fire department.

The Ladies Auxiliary will serve pit beef and ham, soup and sandwiches from 11 a.m.

The big flea market is held from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. tomorrow or, if it rains, from noon until 6 p.m. Sunday.

This year, there will also be lively discussions of the Civil War. From 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. tomorrow and Sunday, Civil War displays and collectors will be at the Town Historical Center, 3208 York St. They'll show items from muskets and bayonets to beer bottles and letters composed by a teen-age soldier.

John Michael Hale, 14, has read about and collected artifacts from the Civil War for close to six years. He finds it fascinating that "so many lives were lost so close to home," he said.

He has walked an overgrown farm lane off Ralph Dell Road near his home. "They came through there," he muses. He'll show his prize musket from 1858 and other items.

"There's so much history in this area, it's phenomenal," says John Nizer of Manchester, who has collected artifacts and participated in the North-South Skirmish Association until recently.

His collection of letters written by a teen-age soldier from Pennsylvania touchingly reveals a life quickly ended by effects of the war.

"It was sad to read through his little victories and that he was not hearing from home," said Mr. Nizer. "His handwriting got worse. Eventually he died of typhoid fever."

On Sunday, the 19th Georgia Infantry, Archer's Brigade, will arrive in period clothing to pitch tents at Manchester Elementary School, 3224 York St., next to commemorative markers of the Battle of the Potomac.

At 2 p.m. Sunday, members will speak about daily life, from cooking to clothing, for soldiers and families during the war.

The women and children are dressed in reproduction late-1800s clothing. That's 22 articles for the average woman, from corsets to high-top shoes.

Rick Barber, commander of Company A, depicts a soldier's life when the Confederate Army was struggling. He wears a coarse woolen coat dyed yellow from walnut hulls. A necklace bears a bullet hammered flat with his name. His toothbrush is made of hog's hair. But he's proud to serve General Archer, he'll tell you. He was there when the Battle of Gettysburg began.

Entertainment begins at 10 a.m. tomorrow with dance company All That Glitters led by Michelle Hieronimous.

The Carrollettes, sponsored by the Manchester fire company, will give a show of twirling at 1 p.m.

At 3 p.m., the North Carroll Retirees String Band will ignite those dancing shoes with sounds of the '50s and '60s.

Throughout the day, "Kay-Cee the Clown" will paint the smiling faces of children.

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