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4 SPIRIT OF JEFFERSON - Farmer's ADVOCATE -Thursday, May 18, 2000 arpers Laura Galvin P.O. Box 868 535-1401 John Brown 2000 HFNHP kicked off a series of special events in commemoration of tile bicentennial of the birth of John Brown with an Opening Cer- eraony on ~esday, May 9. Superintendent Don Campbell welcomed visitors and locals. "This week through song and special events we will explore the many facets of John Brown's life and how his soul goes marching On." The folk duo "Magpie" per- formed musical selections from their new CD, "Sword of the Spirit." Listening to musicians 'I~rry Leonino and Greg Artzner was the perfect mix of entertain- ment and education. The title song for the new CD was written using letters from Mary to John Brown. "We may not see the slaves go free, neither did Moses reach the Promised Land. Still none could be more blessed than we who are an instrument in God's hand." Artzner explained how Mary has been "unfairly dismissed" by biographers. "She was not illiter- ate. She had beautiful handwrit- ing." The duo promoted their latest work, the one-act play, "Sword of the Spirit." Free performances were presented as part of the week's activities. Mark McEachern, Director of the Torrington Historical Society in Torrington, Conn. - the birth- place of John Brown - gave a pre- sentati0n entitled "Torrington 1800." Using transactions from 1800 store owner Rebecca Hodges, McEachern pieced together the daily life of the Brown family. "It describes a simple life and a daily rhythm. At the same time, many in Connecticut had awak- ened to the evil of slavery. In 1800, it is a discredited system. There are two slaves left in Connecticut and three free blacks living near the family. In November 1800, a baptism at the local congregation is performed b the first black or- dained pastor At an early age, Brown was exposed to the idea of racial equality." Today the Brown home site is preserved and protected. "In 1818, the house was de- stroyed by fire. Today it is literally a clearing in the woods." McEachern presented Superin- tendent Campbell with a bronze medallion that features the seal of the city of Torrington. In the center of the seal is the Brown birthplace. Don Campbell presented McEachern, Magpie, and guest speaker Dr. Raymond Dobard, who later spoke on his book plain View: The Secret Stories of Ouilts and the Underground Rail- road, with a limited commemora- tive print of "John Brown 2000." Visitors enjoyed a formal open- ing of the John Brown Museum. In their continual attempt to "catch up with history", (D. Campbell), the museum has been updated to include two new multimedia exhib- its. Sword of the Spirit At the Curtis Freewill Baptist Ellen as she died in his arms. As a Church, visitors and locals gath- good wife, she sings his praises and ered this past Tuesday and en- defends her husband's faults. "My dured a muggy evening to see husband knows wool. He's the best Terry Leonino and Greg Artzner in shepherd I've ever seen." "Sword of the Spirit." In Mary's eyes, John was not a Initial effbrts to beat the heat failed businessman. He was a man by waving apropos hand fans, with who saw credit as an evil. It is pictures of the late Martin Luther Mary who makes ends meet, King, Junior, and other churches, "shoes are made out of cloth," and helped somewhat, supports John, "who keeps nothing What helped the most to relievefor himself and gives everything the heat was the well-orchestrated for the cause." and finely performed "Sword of the Mary Brown, who has been Spirit." overlooked or underestimated in The one-act play, featuring thethe history books, is portrayed last days of John Brown, has been with sensitivity by Terry Leonino. three years in the making for "Sword" brings Mary Brown out Leonino and Artzner. of the shadow of John Brown. They What these two artists have cre- stand as equals. This is beautifully ated is a play that performs like a portrayed in "Sword" when Mary waltz between Mary and her hus-and John sing, "Let My People Go." band John Brown, set to their let- It is John who weeps to Mary in ters. the final scene. She encourages For the majority of the play, the him, "Moses never saw the Prom- couple is separated. Mary sits at a ised Land." John's final spoken desk knitting and talking with a words are "Remember me to the neighbor. John is talking with an children. God bless you." interviewer from his cell in TerryLeoninoandGregArtzner Charles Town. In a lilting brogue, are the folk duo, Magpie. In Mary will begin a sentence and "Sword of the Spirit," they John will finish it. Mary describes poignantly portray the strong and John's unusual laugh and we arecomplex couple of Mary and John treated to it repeatedly. Both tell of Brown. their courtship and initial extreme Pollyanna Class shyness towards each other. Fundraising Event The audience is given a glimpseSaturday, June 3, from 9 a.m. of Brown as a husband and father, until 2 p.m. Featuring a Silent not simply a madman or a martyr. Auction table, bake sale, plant GregArtzner does a remarkable sale, indoor sale, soup and sand- job portraying the complexity of wiches, etc. TO be held in the social Brown. Artzner does a wonderfulroom of the Bolivar United Meth- fire and brimstone, wild-eyed odist Church, located on Washing- Brown, as well as a joking, laugh- ton Street in Bolivar. ing and tender Brown. With a mis- Public Library News chievous look, he says of his beard, Book Sale "It gives me a Biblical appearance. The library's annual Book Sale Don't you think?" He begs his wife will be at the Friendship Fire Corn- Mary to come and stay with him pany on Washington Street on Sat- and the raiders at the Kennedy urday, May 20 from 9 a.m. -2 p.m farm house, rain or shine. Baked goods, sand- The words of Mary add depth to wiches and soft drinks will also be the character of John. She tells of available. his singing softly to their baby Special Event At 3 p.m. on Saturday, May 20 at the Library Building on Polk Street, Ann Rinaldi, author of Mine Eves Have Seen. will talk about this book and sign copies of her books. Reception to follow. For more information, call 304-535- 2301. Birthdays Happy birthday to Raymond Biller and Daniel James on Thurs- day, May 18~ to Lisa Staubs and Robby Cain on Saturday, May 20; to Kathy Durkin on Sunday, May 21; to Helen Wyndham on Tuesday, May 23; to Kathy Garret on Thurs- day, May 25. Honors As part of the May 7-13 National Hospital Week ferson Memorial Hospital, 59 employees were honored for' vice to the hospital as the board and administration hosted tion dinner at Avanti Ristorante. Four employees honored for 25, 30 and 35 years of shown above with hospital officials receiving their awards. from left to right are: JMH Board President Donald employee Jeanne Gore, 30-year employee Sylvia Gregory, ployees Shirley Cheshire and Evelyn Grant, and hospital Sherwood. (Other employees honored for years of service to the cluded the following: ~ - David Agony, Kenneth Breeden, Linda Bowers, Peggy Can', Shelton Davis, Land leen King, Diane Langhorne, Carla Laughlin, Susan Rodkey, Susan Shatzer, Dan Sytsma, Barbara Vlachos, Walters, Cindy Webb, Tracy Whittington and Michelle - Marsha Berry, Val Breeden, Elizabeth Devonshire Cindy Hartman, Stephen Johnston, Pauline Mejia, Val Doreen Pennock, Merida Price, Jane Sechler, Sharon Stevens Ware, Kathryn Williams and Colleen Wilson. ~ - Elaine Ashbaugh, Dudley Brown, Thehna Carmody, Julie Bev Hyper, Martha Mumaw, Beverly Moore, Barb Sullivan neth Writt. 20 years - Nora Hosby, Sarah Jones, Julia Sydney Walsh, Jamie Warnick and Mary White.) All Jefferson Memorial Hospital employees received a umbrella in celebration of National Hospital Week. Wiley and Don Barrow are shown above with their employee cookout during National Hospital Week. May 19-20-21 FRIDAY, MILLER 9 A.M.- 8 AUTO GROUP 9 A.M.-I Mark McEachern, director of the Torrington, Conn Historical Society, presented the Harpers Ferry National Historical Park with a bronze medallion which features the seal of the city. In the center of the seal is the birthplace of John Brown. Shown above, from left, are McEachern, Dr. Raymond Dobard, author of The Underground Railroad Quilt, Don Campbell, superintendent of HFNHP, and Terry Leonino and Greg Artzner, who make up the duo Magpie. Superintendent Campbell presented all those present with a commemorative print from the John Brown 2000 exhibit. of Jefferson County The Shenandoah Valley's Largest Automotive group is overstocked and is Having a Gigantic Used Car And Truck Sale AT THE K-MART In Martinsburg, WV Take exit 12 off 1-81, go one block to K-Mart on the corner of Routes 9 and 11. See the new red #3 Taz "'Daytona 500"" Monte See the #24 Dupont Monte Carlo. Test your skill behind the wheel of the Sega Daytona II video racing simulator. Visit the high revving, surround-sound mini-theatr Get inside information on Team Monte Carlo's hottest drivers and the rich racing heritage of Don't miss theThunder Tour when it makes a pit stop at the Miller Auto GroupTent Sale Friday Over 200 Used Vehicles To Select From Some Priced Thousands Of Dollars Below Book These financial institutions will have over 2 million dollars to loan with: LOW Interest Rates Extended Terms Unbelievable Financing Deals. Special Leasing Rates Second Chance Financing All Credit Applications Accepted Hundreds Of New and Used C TOYOTA I BUICK* HYUnnRI ACU# ISUZU m SUZUKI MILLER'! B CHRYSLER-PLYMOUTH JEEP