FAIRFIELD — Sponge cake with lemon and Southern sweet tea will be on the menu when the Maine Living History Association hosts a Civil War-era Fashion Show on Saturday at Good Will-Hinckley.

The 1-3 p.m. event in the Prescott Building will also feature music of the day and replica period clothing, including uniforms, dresses and bonnets and children’s outfits.

A donation of $5 per person is requested by the organization to support a large-scale re-enactment and living history event “We are coming Father Abraham” on the campus Aug. 24-26. The event is a celebration of the 150th anniversary of the mustering of the 16th, 17th, 18th, 19th and 20th Regiments of the Maine Volunteer Infantry, according to organizers.

Its name comes from Lincoln’s rally call in 1862 for 300,000 more men from the North to volunteer for the war to suppress the Confederacy’s rebellion.

Organizers said it will include battle with cavalry, a wedding, public supper and contra dance with fiddling. Attendees may also take part in a mass swearing-in ceremony to pledge allegiance to the Union.


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