DSC_0969smallComing up in just a few short weeks, Beauvoir on the beach in Biloxi, will be alive with excitement, pageantry, and fun. This time of year, civil war reenactments take center stage on the historical property, with all the pomp and circumstance of the real thing. It all begins the evening of Friday, October 17, at 8:00 p.m with a special Artillery salute. But this year, the day will include a School Day attraction as well. 850 students will be in attendance and quite possibly many more. Kids will have the opportunity to see what it was really like to live as a soldier during this volatile time in our nation’s history. It will not be sugar coated, and it will not be pretty. The sounds of war will ring out across the Sound and the youngsters will have a new understanding of the reality of serving during the thick of battle. On the following day, Saturday, October 18, the gates will open for everyone at 9 a.m. with all day touring of the grounds and the battle will commence at 2 p.m sharp. The Fall Muster experience can be viewed one last time on Sunday afternoon, again at 2 p.m., October 19. For the first time ever, the event is being marketed upstate to attract visitors who may never have heard about it before and who will want to come to the Coast and spend the entire weekend! A boost for Coast hotels, restaurants, shops, and other notable attractions. The first Fall Muster took place in Beauvoir 28 years ago. It went off without a hitch but was rudimentary at best. The public loved it from day one though and it quickly grew into the Coast legend that it is today.
In order to prepare for the Fall Muster it takes a great many re-enactors and at least 12 to 20 horses. The count for the Infantry and the Calvary is quite frequently split right down the middle and this year it is expected to be around 60 actors for both sides. These are seasoned professionals who are well versed in staging the performances, rehearsals are not necessary but they do meet to double check the weaponry and make sure everything is ready and safe for show time. Bleachers will be set up for viewing the battle but lawn chairs are welcome and guests are encouraged to arrive early to designate that perfect spot in front of all the action. Come and spend the day! There will be all kinds of great things to see and do and you can talk with the re-enactors who love to share their stories and passion for these events. Visit with them before and after the battle. Food vendors will be on the property for the entire weekend, serving tasty treats and cold drinks. It will be a spectacular event of education and family fun that is bound to spark lively conversation and thought provoking questions.
The Voices of the Past Cemetery Tour is so popular that it is now a three night event! It is meticulously scripted by the very talented, Jane Sullivan, who has devoted hours upon hours of work to ensure authenticity. Those who came before us lived such fascinating and incredible lives and you will get to know them quite well through the colorful and vivid portrayals. The cast will consist of 30 actors and actresses of all races and all ages in order to deliver the true history of Beauvoir, just as it was. The costumes and props come from the actual “in house” collection. All the necessary accoutrements have been acquired over time. Outside, the swords and rifles will be reproductions, but it will be impossible to tell they are not the real thing. The clothing will be period correct as well, no plastic buttons and no machine made garments.
The Voices of the Past Premier Performance shows will take place from 6:00 p.m to 10:00 p.m on October 23, 24, and 25. Advanced reservations are highly encouraged. The fee for an adult ticket is $8.00 and $3.00 for children. The Fall Muster is regular gate admission, $12.50 for adults, $7.50 for children. Friends of Beauvoir Members (available online) can take advantage of their status for both events. Membership provides free access to all types of events year round. Rain could delay a battle or tour time but the show will go on.