Warmer weather is finally here in our area, school is out and everyone is in vacation mode.  The last thing anyone wants to do is learn anything.  Learning’s for school.

The 4th of July holiday weekend in Keizer offers a fun way for kids and adults alike to learn something without it seeming like school.

The Northwest Civil War Council is staging its annual reenactment at Willamette Mission State Park just north of Keizer through Monday, July 5.

For the past 20 years the Council has erected Union and Confederate camps complete with actors portraying military and civilian personnel including women and children.  Each is eager to answer questions about the Civil War era and each is knowledgeable about the part they play.

The Civil War reenactment is like an amusement park for history buffs.  Kids enjoy it because it is like the ultimate game of army; when the army comes onto the field with drums and bugles and a battle ensues, it’s an action movie come to life.  Kids will learn something about one of America’s important events and never once realize they are actually learning something—in summer.

It’s not just the young ones who can thrill at the camps, the battles and the scene.  The reenactment is the perfect summer diversion for grown-ups, too.

The reenactment is one of the few large events that Keizerites can enjoy without traveling.  It is a wonderful resource whether one goes every year and goes the first time.

—LAZ