Thank goodness this long, cold, winter is coming to an end. I know we will still have a few more chilly days, but the bitter cold should be behind us. The last few days have been more spring like, and the daffodils are appearing throughout the yard. Recently we have had a marvelous wedding, the Kiwanis Club Murder Mystery, and a large bridal shower that have kept us busy. Spring will bring family groups here for Easter reunions, alum groups for reunions; music lovers for festivals; and civil war enthusiasts to celebrate the life of Confederate General Patrick Cleburne.
Helena is working to fine tune the presentation of our Civil War story. We have the replica of Fort Curtis and Freedom Park that attract enthusiasts daily. Now, we are adding the completion of Battery C Park that offers a fabulous story with a beautiful view. The Confederate Cemetary is a heart warming experience for those that have a great interest in the Civil War. Helena represents both Confederate and Union interests. We were part of the Confederacy, but our city was held by the Union Army --- therefore we are sometimes conflicted. This was a safe place for hundreds, if not thousands of Freedom Seekers who left the plantations seeking a better life. The area in front of the Inn was part of the camp for the "contraband" (as these slaves seeking freedom were called.)
Our city is already planning for another re-enactment of the Battle of Helena in March 2015. Anyone that has a child that will be studying the Civil War in school should plan now to visit Helena at this time. History will be brought to life so much more than can be learned in a classroom.
We are getting geared up to decorate the city and the Inn! Right now work is being done by a variety of volunteers helping to change out light bulbs in street holiday lights, to paint wooden cut outs for the park, and to string lights on metal display frames. Slowly but surely we are leading the transformation of Helena for the holidays. Our artificial ice skating rink will be installed on December 1 and will remain in Courtsquare Park until December 4.
Decorating the Inn will also begin next week. I love Christmas and all the preparations for the season! During the month of December, we invite you to drop in to the Inn!