New Windsor family brings Civil War-era history to life

Neighbors

March 13, 1997|By Judy Reilly | Judy Reilly,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

RICK AND BRENDA Barber and their sons, Justin, Matthew and Kyle, stepped out of the pages of a history book Tuesday evening to attend the Union Bridge Lions Club meeting and share their expertise about the Civil War.

The Barbers are re-enactors representing the 19th Georgia Regiment of the Confederate States of America.

The New Windsor residents have been re-enactors for 10 years. They have participated in Memorial Day parades, battlefield preservation marches, living history presentations and re-enactments of Civil War battles.

A few years ago, Rick took part with 3,500 extras in the shooting of the movie "Gettysburg."

The family travels about 4,000 miles a year to events from New Jersey to North Carolina. They spend their spare time researching Civil War history.

"We don't listen to rock 'n' roll but period music from the Civil War era," Rick said. "We don't read Field and Stream or the Ladies' Home Journal but 'The Memoirs of Stonewall Jackson.' "

What began as a hobby has become an obsession and an unpaid job. The Barbers get calls every week about re-enactment activities or some detail of Civil War history.

Rick is the leader of the 26 men in his regiment; Brenda, a seamstress, researches and makes clothes for the group. Details are as authentic as possible.

The Barbers' sons got into re-enacting because they had no choice -- it was a family activity.

The boys are students at Elmer Wolfe Elementary School and Francis Scott Key High School. Rick works for county government; Brenda is employed at Jo-Ann Fabrics. The family likes presenting living history for school and community groups. Above all, they want to pay tribute to those who fought in the Civil War.

"We don't try to portray them, just remember and honor them," Rick said.

Information: 635-2819.

Faculty basketball game

It's not every day that a celebrity comes to town.

On Saturday, Captain Connors, disc jockey at radio station WYCR in York, Pa., arrives at Francis Scott Key High School with a mission: He and his fellow radio personalities want to beat the Key faculty in a game of basketball.

Connors might have another mission in mind.

He was a student at Key a decade ago, and he would like to seek revenge on the teacher who gave him a D in horticulture.

FSK Athletic Boosters sponsor the annual event to raise money for the school's athletic programs.

"It's a lot of fun," said Carolyn Griffin, a Boosters member. "Connors comes out in his old FSK letter jacket, and the game is pretty rousing."

The 98 YCR team will bring free compact discs, T-shirts and prize money for a half-time shoot-out. People can go to the free-throw line and try to score for $98.

An autographed Tim Duncan basketball jersey also will be raffled. The winner will receive a voucher for the jersey. Duncan plays for Wake Forest University, and his jersey can't be donated until the season ends.

The event begins at 7 p.m. Admission is $3; children under age 5 are admitted free.

Information: 848-9162.

Breakfast fund-raiser

The hearts of folks in Taneytown are still going out to Tony Dougherty and his family.

Tony was seriously injured in an accident in the fall, and town organizations have been raising money to help the family with medical and other needs.

On Saturday, Taneytown Lions Club serves its semiannual breakfast, and proceeds will benefit the Tony Dougherty Fund. The club is sponsoring the breakfast with Lutheran Brotherhood, a fraternal benefit society that will match up to $3,000 in net proceeds from the breakfast.

The event is from 6 a.m. to 11 a.m. at the Taneytown Carnival Grounds building on Memorial Drive. Adult admission is $4.50; children ages 6 to 12, $2.50; children younger than age 6, free.

Information: 751-1227.

Pub Date: 3/13/97

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