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Civil War Weekend in Bath 

When: Fri., Aug. 12 2011
Long before there was Cupcake Wars, Americans used to occupy their idle hours by slaughtering one another in the Civil War. And this weekend, Hale Farm & Village offers the next best thing: a series of Civil War events, encampments, and reenactments aimed to deliver the authentic experience. Guns don't start blazing until Saturday, but the historical happenings begin today at 10 a.m. with a behind-the-scenes peek at the camps and the arrival of the cavalry. At 6 p.m., you can break bread with Honest Abe in the Hale Farm & Village Gatehouse. Tomorrow and Sunday at 2 p.m., watch as more than 400 Confederates and Yankees duke it out on the battlefield. Come Saturday night, wash your neck and head down to the Third Annual Civil War Ball, where you can dance the Virginia Reel with costumed reenactors. Between the sashays and the volleys, stroll the camps, meet the costumed soldiers, or shop for a hoop skirt from the 19th-century vendors. General admission is $10 for adults and $5 for children, either at the gate or on the website; you'll find two-day passes there as well. The dinner and the ball will cost you extra, and reservations are required. — Kerrigan2686 Oak Hill Rd., Bath, 330-666-3711, halefarm.org

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