A Patriotic Call For Celebration

Published 4:18 pm Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Hear ye! Hear ye!

The Cumberland Patriot Day is but one month hence.

On April 20, a celebration in honor of the first call for American independence by Carter Henry Harrison is sure to bring delight to one and all.

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Verily, this year's festivities will bring new activities to astonish and delight, including a rock climbing wall, Earth Day presentation and activities hosted by Cumberland Public Schools and a Red Cross blood drive.

But, have no fear, the celebration has not gone too far a field of its founder's original intent. Opening ceremonies and a parade will begin at the courthouse at 10 a.m. The parade will end at the Cumberland High/Middle School, where festivities will continue until 4 p.m.

The Cumberland Historical Society will host ye olde “meet and greet” with folks who bear the name and blood of the man whose call for independence this day's celebration commemorates.

Other activities fashioned for the brave of heart or childlike of spirit include inflatables, an obstacle course, mechanical bull and Orbitron. And, let us not forget the multitude of vendors selling general wares and vittles for the common man.

Flashback Band will be playing goodly music outdoors on the main stage. Indoor stage acts shall surely include the Hula Hoop Girl Ashley Russell, Longwood Belly Dancers and other locals in possession of great talent.

Brave souls interested in volunteering in support of this auspicious event are being sought.

Additionally, although the deadline be many days past, those who wish to peddle their wares or vittles, are still able to apply, although thine application must be submitted by Friday, March 29.

Finally, those owners of automobiles daring enough to enter their vehicles into the car show shall demonstrate their prowess with fetes of refurbishment and beauty, whence they may come to obtain a trophy.

So, come one, come all. Applications and more information can be found at

www.cumberland-patriotday.org or by calling event co-chairs, Stephany Johnson and Corrie Hurt, at 804-492-3251.

If, perchance, Patriot Day truly hath caught your fancy, and your purse allow, sponsors are still being sought for said event.