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Posted on Thu, Jun 6, 2013 : 3:44 p.m.

Travel back in time at Dexter's Civil War Days this weekend

By Ann Dwyer

You won't need to build your own WABAC machine to travel back into time. The Dexter Civil War Days are returning to Gordon Hall this weekend.

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Festivities will open Friday evening with a second-grade class choir performing patriotic music on the front lawn. A band will play typical 1860s period music. Bring blankets and chairs for seating.

Saturday’s lineup includes living historians, minstrel music, a poet/bard and a period fashion review and tea.

Sunday will begin with a morning service and gospel sing. Activities will include a pie auction, pig roast, an old-time baseball game and horseshoe contest. The day will conclude with the announcement of the raffle winners and a mock attempt to burn the mortgage.

Members of the Sons of Union Veterans will be on site Saturday and Sunday to assist families researching their own connections to Civil War soldiers. Other activities those days will be children’s games and activities including candle making, scavenger hunt, tug-of-war and storytelling. There will be butter churning, basket weaving, knitting, and a spinning mountain dulcimer demonstration with hands-on opportunities for kids.

There will be plenty of other activities, so visit

Friday, June 7, starting at 5:15 p.m.; Saturday, June 8, 9 a.m.-10 p.m.; Sunday, June 9, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Many events, including the opening concert, are free; there is a charge for the period tea ($2) and the pig roast ($12). Food and beverage is available for purchase. Gordon Hall is 8341 Island Lake Road, Dexter.


Catherine Bosma

Sun, Jun 9, 2013 : 12:29 a.m.

It was tons of fun today, can't wait for the baseball game tomorrow.


Sat, Jun 8, 2013 : 7:08 p.m.

It does cost $10 per person to get into the festival.

Matt Krause

Fri, Jun 7, 2013 : 1:08 a.m.

Yay!!! Minstrel music! My favorite racist music!


Thu, Jun 6, 2013 : 8:59 p.m.


Tom Teague

Thu, Jun 6, 2013 : 8:35 p.m.

Well, you can knock me down and call me Sherman. I was an avid Rocky and Bullwinkle fan from the beginning, but never knew that the Wayback Machine was actually the WABAC Machine. Thank you for enlightening me on that.

Ann Dwyer

Thu, Jun 6, 2013 : 9:37 p.m.

Ha! My dad has ingrained cartoon culture in me since I was little. That was one of his favorite shows, and honestly, I didn't realize until I was older that that was how it was spelled. I'm not sure how I stumbled upon its "proper" title.