The brief 1863 truce between opposing sides in the Civil War will be commemorated this weekend in St. Francisville.
“The Day the War Stopped” allowed Masons on both sides to hold a Masonic funeral for John E. Hart, commander of the federal gunboat, the USS Albatross, in the cemetery at Grace Episcopal Church.
The free events begin at 7 p.m. Friday with graveside histories in the cemetery.
On Saturday, a parade along St. Francisville’s main street will be held at 11 a.m., followed by lunch at the Masonic Lodge from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., along with antebellum period music and vintage dancing at the church’s Jackson Hall.
A drama recreating the moment when Hart’s widow hears of his death will unfold at 1:30 p.m., followed by the re-enactment of his funeral.
From 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday, visitors to Audubon State Historic Site may see or participate in a Civil War-era dance or go through a candlelight tour of Oakley House where scenes of Civil War-era St. Francisville will be re-created.
A program on Civil War medicine will be held from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday at Rosedown State Historic Site.
Flag Day program
The Alexander Stirling chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution plans a flag retirement ceremony at 10 a.m. on Flag Day, Tuesday, at the gazebo next to the Jackson Town Hall.
The public is invited to witness the proper way to dispose of an American flag, and the chapter will accept your torn and tattered flag for retirement and disposal.
The Baker Inter-Club Council will meet at 6 p.m. Monday at the Municipal Building. All member clubs are asked to send a representative.
Blood screenings offered
Capital Area Human Services District offers free blood pressure and blood sugar screenings at six public health units, including those in East and West Feliciana parishes. The agency and the LSU AgCenter also are offering free Smart Choices Community Nutrition Education classes.
The East Feliciana Parish Health Unit, 12080 Marston St., Clinton, conducts screenings every Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Smart Choices classes are offered July 8 and Aug. 5 from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 am.
The West Feliciana Parish Health Unit’s screenings are on the fourth Wednesday of each month from 9:30 a.m. to noon at 5154 Burnett Road, St. Francisville. Smart Choices classes will be offered June 13, July 11, and Aug. 8, from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.
Rosedown Plantation State Historic Site will hold a seminar on heirloom plants and flowers at 10 a.m. Saturday in the site’s conference room. A walking tour to view Rosedown’s antique plants is included in the program.
Lane Regional Medical Center’s Diabetes Support Group for diabetes patients and caregivers meets from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday.