Sponsored by the Friends of Fort Massac, the feast is the major fundraiser supporting educational activities at Fort Massac.
This year, the dinner will be held on Saturday, Oct. 6 beginning at 5 p.m. with period music by Highland Reign Band from Indiana.
The meal, featuring foods that would have been available during the 1750s, begins at 5:30 p.m. These foods include ham, chicken and dumplings, corn in the husk, cornbread, green beans, coleslaw and apple crisp.
This will be the second consecutive year that the event has been held under tents. Many guests reported last year that they liked the change from the barracks to the tents under the trees because they could see all the other guests and because they could see when someone bid on a silent auction item in which they, too, were interested.
The silent auction has a little bit of something for everyone.
There will be ceramic items; hand-painted pictures and photos by local artists, including the print Recruitment at Fort Massac by Michael Haines; hand-crocheted pieces; knives; restaurant and hotel gift certificates; and numerous baskets of items donated by area businesses and industry.
The drawing for the framed painting, titled Spring Floods, by Vera Rodgers will be held during the Autumn Feast as well.
Tickets can be purchased for $1 each or six tickets for $5 until the drawing. Tickets can be pre-purchased at Fort Massac Visitor’s Center until the drawing on Oct. 6.
The silent auction has grown over the years, and it is under the direction of Rita and Dave Park.
Rita Park said, “We are so lucky to live in an area that is rich in talent and in the desire to help the community. Since we are focused on raising monies to help the fort, the silent auction items are even more important.
“The auction this year has the potential to be the biggest and the best ever,” added Park.
The Autumn Feast, along with the silent auction, supports education activities such as Education Day, the day prior to the annual Encampment at Fort Massac.
As many as 4000 students have come in a given year to listen to re-enactors tell about their crafts, trades or lives in the 1700s.
A student first goes to various stations as a part of a group. Then if something has sparked special interest, he or she may go back and spent 30 minutes or more with any re-enactor or station.
A big change this year at the Autumn Feast is in the role of the re-enactors.
At least one re-enactor will be assigned to each set of tables as a guest in a prominent position.
The idea is that re-enactor can talk informally with those around them while the meal is being enjoyed. The re-enactor will be able to share lots of information and knowledge about history, the customs of the times and the culture of the area.
Tickets are currently on sale from hostesses or by calling Reba Reed at 618-645-1034 or Sharon Burris at 524-9657.
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