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General Admission(Adult/Senior): Single Day.  $20 Online/$22 Onsite
Student Admission: Single Day.  $15 Online/$17 Onsite
Bleacher Seats: The best viewing experience.  $4 Online/$5 Onsite

New this year!

Family Package (Online Only)[SOLD OUT]: Includes 4 Admission Tickets and 4 Bleacher Seats for 2 Battles. Only $85.00…Savings up to $40.

VIP DELUXE FAMILY PACKAGE [SOLD OUT]:Includes 4 Admission Tickets, VIP Parking, Special VIP Bleacher seating for 2 battles, 4 Soda or Water Drink Tickets at Rotary Beverage Booth, 4 Sandwich/Food Tickets at Rotary Food Booth. Also, special VIP seating in Covered Tents! ONLY $120,
OUR BEST DEAL!
Over $60 in Savings.

Please Note: Event will be held rain or shine. Bleacher seats are optional, but preferable for the best viewing experience. Parking is $5 (VIP excluded) with Free shuttles provided.  If you have any questions regarding the weather, please note that this website will reflect this information. Our phone is 805.279.5253 or email info@moorparkrotary.com. Handicapped parking is available, please be aware this is an open field and the ground is not smooth. 

The Blue & The Gray

An American Historical Review

Blue & Gray Civil War Reenactment

The Blue and Gray Civil War Reenactment is the largest battle reenactment west of the Mississippi. Hundreds of Reenactors come from all over the state and nation each year for this spectacular event. This year the reenactments will featuring prominent battles at Gettysburg. The reenactment will be held in Moorpark, CA, on land at the very west end of High Street, behind the Moorpark Post Office.

This event will make history come to life right before your eyes!

The Encampment

Union and Confederate encampments can be visited where various demonstrations occur, i.e. blacksmithing, doctor’s tent, the chapel, the use of arms and cooking on an open fire, etc. The soldiers are in authentic costumes and stay in character as they converse with the public….transporting them back to the 1860’s.

The Civilian Camp is right alongside the soldier’s camps. Demonstrations here might include sewing, weaving, cooking, etc.

There will also be historic dancing and music playing near the food court.

Sutlers

Sutlers are civilian merchants who sell provisions to an army in the field, in camp, or in quarters. Sutlers sold wares from the back of a wagon or a temporary tent, traveling with an army or to remote military outposts. At our reenactment, they will be selling reenacting supplies and uniforms, shoes, leather goods, weapons, (non-firing, non-functional) etc.

SCHEDULE OF 2018 EVENTS

Throughout both days, the following demonstrations will take place: Leather crafting, historic sewing, blacksmithing, cooking and others.

This schedule is from a previous year, to give you an idea of all that takes place at our reenactments. The 2018 schedule will be posted as soon as it’s available.

Topographical View – Total Encampment

Saturday, March 17

10:00 Event officially begins
10:30 Evans & Rogers (Stage)
11:00 Military Band Concert-Band of the Richmond Howitzer Battalion (Stage)
11:30 Military Band Concert—Mountain Fifes and Drum Corps (Field)
12:00 FIRST ENGAGEMENT (Preceded by “Cavalry Clash!” and followed by the “The Grand Review” and the Gettysburg Address)
12:45 Spectator Canon Firing Opportunity (Field)
1:00 Infantry and Cavalry Demonstrations (Field)
1:30 Military Band Concert – The Armory Band (Stage)
2:00 Civil War Period Dance Class – Public Participation encouraged (Dance Floor)
2:30 Medical Demonstration (Stage)
3:00 SECOND ENGAGEMENT (Followed by the “Gettysburg Address”)
3:35 Spectator Canon Firing Opportunity (Field)
3:45 Surrender at Appomattox (Stage)
4:15 A Conversation with President Lincoln and the Generals (Stage)
5:00 Spectators Depart

Sunday, March 18

10:00 Event officially begins
10:30 Evans & Rogers (Stage)
11:00 Military Band Concert-Band of the Richmond Howitzer Battalion (Stage)
11:30 Military Band Concert—Mountain Fifes and Drum Corps (Field)
12:00 FIRST ENGAGEMENT (Preceded by “Cavalry Clash!” and followed by the “The Grand Review” and the Gettysburg Address)
12:45 Spectator Canon Firing Opportunity  (Field)
1:00 Infantry and Cavalry Demonstrations (Field)
1:30 Military Band Concert – The Armory Band (Stage)
2:00 Civil War Period Dance Class – Public Participation encouraged (Dance Floor)
2:30 Medical Demonstration (Stage)
3:00 SECOND ENGAGEMENT (Followed by the “Gettysburg Address”)
3:35 Spectator Canon Firing Opportunity (Field)
3:45 Surrender at Appomattox (Stage)
4:15 A Conversation with President Lincoln and the Generals (Stage)
5:00 Spectators Depart

Directions

EVENT AREA IS DIRECTLY BEHIND THE MOORPARK POST OFFICE
100 W. HIGH STREET

Parking will be $5 with Free Shuttles where needed

Food and Beverages will be available (Tri-tip sandwiches, Burgers, Califorina Kettle Korn, Custom Pie Pizza, Shave It, Beer, Soft Drinks & much more).

HANDICAPPED PARKING AVAILABLE

Topographical View – Total Encampment

Get Directions

101 Route From North

101 South to Los Angeles
Take the 23 Freeway North to Los Angeles Ave. in Moorpark
Turn left (west) on Los Angeles Ave.
Go about 1/2 mile and turn right on Spring Rd.
Cross the railroad tracks and turn left (west) on High St.
Follow the Signs to parking areas

101 Route From South

101 North to Ventura
Take the 23 Freeway North to Los Angeles Ave. in Moorpark
Turn left (west) on Los Angeles Ave.
Go about 1/2 mile and turn right on Spring Rd.
Cross the railroad tracks and turn left (west) on High St.
Follow the Signs to parking areas

From San Fernando Valley & Simi Valley

Take the CA 118 West toward Moorpark.
Continue on the 118 until it transitions to the 23 Freeway
Take the Princeton Off-ramp and turn left onto Princeton.
Follow Princeton until it turns into High St.
Continue west on High St. and
Follow the Signs to parking areas

The Blue & The Gray

An American Historical Review

MARCH 17 & 18, 2018

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TEACHER ZONE

2018

Bring American History to Life!

Bring American History to Life! To get students to fully appreciate what it was like during the American Civil War, there is no better way to share those impressions than to take them to a quality Civil War Reenactment, or encourage them to attend and gather information that they can submit for extra class credit.

Over the past several years, we have had a number of educators call and arrange for a group discount in order to take their American History class to our event on Saturday or Sunday. When you see the smiles on their faces and the enthusiasm of the students while they’re learning about events during the War, you realize what a wonderful educational experience it is for them. They get to see first-hand what a typical Civil War encampment looks like, the surgeon’s tent, the soldier’s clothing, their guns and ammunition, canons firing, the thrill of talking to Abraham Lincoln and General Lee, a typical soldier’s mess, and they’ll be able to talk to re-enactors, in full costume and in character. All of this will bring the experience to life for the students. A former Superintendent of Moorpark Unified School District, Dr. Frank de Pasquale, observed students several years back and commented, “It’s like bringing American History to life for the students.”

If you haven’t planned a field trip for your history class, let me encourage you to consider our event. There is no better history lesson for your students than to expose them to the look and feel of our American Civil War and the extreme sacrifices that so many made in our Country for the freedoms that we enjoy today as a free Nation.

On March 17 & 18, the Rotary Club of Moorpark will host the 17th annual reenactment, “The Blue & The Gray”. This year’s theme is “Gettyburg”! The event will be staged at the same site as last year in Moorpark in the center of Hitch Ranch, an undeveloped property in Northwest Moorpark, running parallel to Poindexter Avenue. We will access the property at the West end of High street directly opposite the entrance to Moorpark’s Post Office. Gates will open at 10:00 a.m. both days, with two battles on Saturday(12 & 3) and two on Sunday (12 & 3).

Our event committee has approved a special Group Rate. See Group Reservations (20 or more) in the Contact section of this website. Go to “Group Reservations” for more information on ordering your tickets today.

You should be aware that there is ample food service, reasonably priced at our event in our food court along with tables and chairs for keeping your group together.

On our website, you will find several photos that will show you what our event looks like and what your students can expect to see in the encampment. Your students can see both North and South encampments. We expect to have over 700 re-enactors and their families in costume along with a large contingent of Civil War Sutlers, that were the merchants of that era that followed the encampments.

We have also posted a Civil War Questionnaire that your students can complete by gathering information at the event. They have to do interviews, in many cases, to gather the information, so it’s a live learning experience.

Finally, you will find links above to two short VIDEO clips, that we produced, called Gettysburg. Please click on the links and take a look. They are quality pieces of Abraham Lincoln reciting the Gettysburg address interspersed with battle scenes of past year’s events. It’s quite moving and I would encourage you to play it for your American History class. The other video is quite good too.

Thank you for reading this information and for coming to our website. This event is all about teaching our younger generation of the sacrifices that were made by so many during our American Civil War. And there is no better way to communicate that than by scheduling a field trip to our event and letting us host you and your class to a wonderful learning experience.

Please go to Contacts / Group Reservations for more information.

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Please check out the attached Civil War Questionnaire that your students can complete by gathering information at the event. They have to do interviews, in many cases, to gather the information, so it’s a live learning experience.

Bring American History to Life!

The Rotary Club of Moorpark, in conjunction with American History Teachers, is pleased to announce an exciting new “Best Still Photo” and “Best Short Video” contest for all 5th And 8th graders. Students from all California School Districts will be invited to participate. Student may enter both contests. Only one best entry per student for each contest will be allowed. The Best short video must be 60 seconds or less to qualify. Prizes for the winning entries are explained in the attached “Classroom Instructions”.

Students must take their photos on either Saturday or Sunday, March 17th or 18th. They will not be permitted to get inside the Ropes for any video shots of the battles being re-enacted. Great shots can be achieved from the sidelines and or from the bleachers. All encampments are available for photo or video recording. Students may use or interview re-enactors for their video or still photos.

Contest Instruction PDF

Best Still Photo and Best Short Video Competition update:

Due to the lack of participation in this event, our Civil War Committee had decided to eliminate the competitive prize structure as outlined for the “best still photos” and “best short videos” competition.

We only had two entrants to the competition. Both are being evaluated for consideration of alternative awards.

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Special Rate hotel rooms available at the Best Western Posada Royale Hotel & Suites, Simi Valley. Call 805-584-6300 and mention Moorpark Civil War for a discounted reservation. Limited amount of rooms available, Valid 3/16/18 – 3/19/18.

Best Western Posada Royale Hotel & Suites
1775 Madera Rd, Simi Valley, CA 93065
(805) 584-6300
http://www.posadaroyale.com/

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CONTACT

The Rotary Club of Moorpark California

Rotary Club of Moorpark
P.O. Box 172
Moorpark, CA 93020-0172


Phone:
805 279-5253


Email:
civilwar@moorparkrotary.com


General Contact:
Dale Parvin
(805)523-3370

Group Reservations:
Contact Carolyn
(805) 813-4754

Sponsorship:

Scott Hess
scotthess.rotary@icloud.com

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