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Brendan JMJ 10/6/15
If you are wondering if you should go to The Major Battles of the Civil War Reenactment with the Gum Springs Heritage Festival in Longview, Texas, this might help you make up your mind. They perform a couple of gun tricks, and they told us not to do what they were about to do. They also show you how they performed surgery on the battlefield. It was too hot for a full battle so they just performed a little skirmish. So this is what I saw, and learned, from the field trip.
They were talented with their guns. They put a Styrofoam cup at the end of a stick and shot at it, the cup broke into a bunch of pieces. They also made a person hold a cast-iron skillet and they shot at it (probably with fake guns), I heard the bullets hit the cast-iron skillet at twenty feet away! Lastly, a person held a small piece of metal about the size of a watch face, and they shot at it. Then they revealed the piece of metal with a hole in the middle of it! These people are really talented!
Next they showed us how they got a bullet out of a patient’s leg. They said that they stuck their finger into the hole in the patient’s leg, caused by the bullet, and felt for the bullet. YUCK! Once they found the bullet they used some sort of surgical tool, to get it out. It was really tough to get a bullet out of the patient’s leg on the battlefield.
Then we got to the skirmish part of the field trip. They showed us the positions of the armies. They teach you that boys had to fight sometimes in the Civil War. Lastly, they fired a few guns and canons (not for real) at each other. It was really loud!
The Reenactment and Heritage Festival is really quite a rip-roaring and educational place to go for a field trip. They entertain you with fake guns. They teach you about a bunch of different things. They also get you interested in a little skirmish. I am only twelve, and history is not always my strong subject, but I do know this, the reenactment and festival are the place to be on field trip-day.
Stella Maris E. arrived July 12th at 9:04 pm , weighing 7lbs. 3 oz. What a joy! Join me in giving thanks to God and celebrating with our dear friend, Ronna!
"Mary, I am so happy! I, too, am a mother. Thank you for joining me in my petitions to your Divine Son, dear Mother of Happy Delivery. You were with me in my Bethlehem. Thank you. I know that you are with me now in my Nazareth. Thank you, Thank you." --Fr. A. Francis Coomes, S.J., the Mother's Manual
Beginning this Fall....a new auxiliary group just for College Prep!
If you are a high school student who desires to go to college, then consider this your lucky day. The first Sunday of each month, a group of students meets to study for exams, work on portfolios, edit essays, and apply for scholarships. If you would like to be a part of this fantastic experience, then contact Cathy E. or Denise R. All contact information is in the directory.
The last field trip of the year was to the East Texas Gator Farm. They have real live Alligators from hatchlings to over 14 feet . The alligator enclosures have been designed to be as close to their natural habitat as possible. They have aquariums with fish, spiders, snakes, turtles, lizards, finch, parrots, and Prissy the Ferret. They also have a rehab permit that allows them to rescue baby raccoon, baby possums, and baby squirrels, so they nurture, love, and prepare them to be released back to the wild! It was a great day with picnic lunch and even some playtime despite the recent rains.