Day: July 1, 2016

Civil War Reenactment July 2-4

By DEREK WILEY Of the Keizertimes After 25 years at Willamette Mission State Park, the Northwest Civil War Council’s annual Civil War reenactment is moving four and half miles east to Antique Powerland. “We’re still going to have the same battles,” said Steve Robinson, who along with doing public relations for the NWCWC, is also a civilian reenactor. “We’re still going to have the same camps and same demonstrations. It’s just a different location. It’s probably more different for us reenactors than the public coming in. We got really used to the Willamette Mission.” Each day will begin at 9 a.m. with a battalion dress parade, followed by a morning battle at 11 a.m. and then an afternoon battle at 2 p.m. An artillery demonstration will take place at noon. A church service is scheduled for Sunday at 9:30 a.m. and the reenactment will conclude Monday after the 2 p.m. battle. Admission, which also includes Antique Powerland museums and exhibits, is $12 for adults and free to children under 12. Robinson noted the event is particularity educational for kids. “One demonstration shows them cotton on a branch and explains to them that this is how this shirt started,” he said. “We really try to reach out to families and help kids understand just how different life was back then.” Robinson said 300 to 400 reenactors are expected throughout the weekend....

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Keizer woman competing for Miss Oregon

By DEREK WILEY Of the Keizertimes Hannah Patterson’s dream is to become a professional actor and if she happens to be crowned Miss Oregon or even Miss America on the way, so be it. “The scholarship money is the biggest pull for me,” Patterson said. “I want to go to grad school and I’d like to do so without accumulating a bunch of student debt. The Miss American organization is the largest scholarship provider to women in the world. Trying to work through and pay for school as much as possible, that part of it appealed to me a lot.” Patterson got the idea to try pageants from her sister-in-law, Havilah, who was named Miss Emerald Valley and competed for Miss Oregon in 2011. The two watched the Miss America pageant together on television in 2012 and Patterson registered for Miss Marion-Polk the following week. “At the time I was studying theater and I’m comfortable on stage and I like performing,” Patterson said. “I’m pretty girly which is a big part of it, at least the stage parts of it.” Patterson was voted Marion-Polk first runner-up in 2013 and then again in 2014. After a year off to focus on graduating from Portland State University with her bachelor’s degree in theater arts, she returned to the competition on March 26 and was one of two girls out of eight...

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