This past Thursday, December 9th, the Seventh Grade held its first Civil War Celebration in the Manor House. Blending religious holidays and the girls' studies of the American Civil War, this dinner immersed students in this period’s culture while, at the same time, providing a merry evening filled with good friends and food.
Students were asked to dress in the appropriate fashion of the era, such as gowns and soldier uniforms, and prepare one dish (cold or hot) served back then. Among the more unique menu items were fried catfish, potato latkes, and sweet potato pie.
Activities included being greeted by “Honest Sarah”, being photographed with Gabi's festive horse Josiah owned by , socializing and eating among the Southern Belles, caroling with Mrs. Flynn, listening to an after dinner speech given by Jackie M.’s grandfather portraying Confederate General John B. Gordon, and participating in a gift exchange.
Additionally, many religions were represented during our dinner blessings, as Sakinah R. and Mimi N. (Muslim prayer), Rachel G. and Sarah S. (Jewish prayer), and Halle A. (Christian prayer) consecrated the food and the event.
Overall, it was an unforgettable night that represented the true spirit of the holidays and the Civil War.