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Upcoming May Event

by Laurel ~ April 22nd, 2011

Yates County Courthouse from a watercolor by John C. Menihan

Yates County Courthouse from a watercolor by John C. Menihan

If you are looking for a historic and fun event right here in Penn Yan, you may find this interesting. On May 14, 2011 — just a short time away — there will be a program sponsored by the Yates County Genealogical & Historical Society. The event is the Keuka Rifles Send Off Commemoration, celebrating the 150th anniversary of the departure of the Keuka Rifles for the Civil War.

At 9:30 A.M. the day will begin at the Old County Courthouse Steps with a ceremony and parade. From 1 – 5 p.m. there will be a chicken barbecue, music, demonstrations, cannon firing at 1 p.m. and more. Reenactors will be dressed in period garb. I have had the pleasure of crocheting some fingerless gauntlets (see below) for the women folk — better hurry and finish them!

Fingerless Gauntlets

Fingerless Gauntlets

From 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. the Yates County in the Civil War exhibit will be available for your perusal at the L. Caroline Underwood Museum.

Finally, at 6:30 in the evening there will be a free concert at the Penn Yan Academy Auditorium and will include the Irish Volunteers, David Kincaid and the 77th New York Regimental Band.

If you are a history / Civil War buff, this event is for you. Kudos to the Yates County Genealogical and Historical Society for organizing this event and to all the volunteers and participants — we are really looking forward to this!

La Belle Vie is in a perfect location to enjoy this event if you are traveling from out of the area. We are within a minute or two walk to the Oliver House, L. Caroline Underwood Museum, the Court House and a short walk (10 minutes or under) to the concert at Penn Yan Academy. The Parade will be going past La Belle Vie, and we are looking forward to decorating the house in bunting and setting up chairs for our guests to enjoy the parade! We still have a room available in our Civil War era Victorian house and hope you will be able to join us.

For more information on this Civil War Saturday and other events see the excellent blog Yates County, NY, in the Civil War.

2 Responses to Upcoming May Event

  1. Alison Pierce

    Les and I belonged to a CW Roundtable when we lived in Knoxville. His great -grandfather Dennis Pratt and his brother were both in the 123rd NY Infantry regiment. We had his Springfield Rifle and his sword bayonet. On the Gettysburg battleground the only monument that was erected and included a woman was the 123rd. We asked a park ranger for the location of it and he knew immediately due to that fact. Wish I could be there sounds like my kind of event.

  2. admin

    Alison … totally sounds like your kind of event! We learned my great grandfather Dennis Murphy (on my Mom’s side) was a Civil War vet and also in a NY Regiment. I keep forgetting to dig up the files to see exactly which one. I can’t imagine it would have been this far west in NY state as they lived in Greenfield, MA. I do wonder why he enlisted in NY state though! Very interesting about the woman and the 123rd …

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