After a harsh and bitter winter, spring is finally “mustering” up the courage to come out of hibernation in Gettysburg this weekend. Join the Friends of Gettysburg for their annual Spring Muster and check out all the other goings on taking place in and around town.
An event open to both non-members as well as members of the Gettysburg Foundation, the Spring Muster is the perfect weekend-long event to have you springing back into spring. Many of the weekend happenings are all-inclusive when you reserve your room at the Wyndham Gettysburg Hotel, for the special rate of $134 (plus tax) the entire weekend. Note: hotel rate is separate from the registration fee.
Spring Muster events include a series of battlefield tours, special lectures, luncheons and evening banquet dining and all the latest news and merchandise from the Friends of Gettysburg Foundation.
All event times start at the Wyndham Hotel. Start the weekend off which with your hotel registration between 4 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. on Friday, April 4. Registration pick-up is from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. Enjoy the merchandise room, open from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., the Member’s Lounge at 7:30 p.m. and special musical performances from Susquehanna Travellers. Saturday registration packet pick-up is from 7 a.m. to 8 a.m. The Member’s lounge will be open for juice and coffee and the Hotel Restaurant will open from 8:15 a.m. to 11:15 a.m. Lunch will be served from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and Happy Hour (evening banquet buffet and auction) will take place at 7:30 p.m. Sunday events will include a First Corps Breakfast with featured speaker, Dr. Brian Jordan at 8:30 a.m. This is available for First Corps Members only.
Throughout the day on Saturday, there will be ongoing tours. Morning tours will take place between 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. and afternoon tours will occur between 6:15 p.m. and 7:15 p.m. These tours vary with plenty of options to choose from. Tour #1, available in the morning, is called Diversity in the Civil War and Gettysburg: Germans, Irish, Hispanics, African Americans and Women Soldiers. Tour #2, available in the afternoon is Gettysburg’s Forgotten Corps Commander: General George Sykes. Tour #3, Guns West of Gettysburg, is offered in the morning as well as the afternoon along with Tour #4, Everything You Can See in the Cyclorama and Tour #5 Devil’s Den: Fighting, Photos, and Folklore at Gettysburg’s Strangest Place.
Tour #6, Gettysburg’s Electric Railway is also available at both times as well as Tour #7, Waiting for Pickett: The Repulse of Pickett’s Charge. The last two tour options are ongoing throughout the day. Tour #8 is The Unknown Second Assault on little Round Top: The Pennsylvania Reserve Division at Gettysburg, and Tour #9 is Treasures of the National Civil War Museum in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.
In addition to this event, many other on-going happenings around town are signaling the return of spring. Many living history occurrences will be taking place as well as tours and other specials. Also, this Saturday, April 5, marks the first of the weekly seasonal Farmers’ Markets in Lincoln Square. Ongoing through Oct. 25, the Gettysburg Farmers’ Market will be held every Saturday between the hours of 7 a.m. and noon. Come on out to experience the best of fresh local produce, homemade breads and other baked goods, flowers, cookies, artisan soaps, alpaca products and so much more.
How ever you plan on celebrating spring, Gettysburg has numerous options available to you. To learn more about the Spring Muster, visit, www.friendsofgettysburg.org.