Friday, December 10, 2010

Polly Slocum's Ride

The Vintage Ladies is a group of women who enjoy antiquing. There are three groups in St. James in Southport; Abigail Adams, Dolly Madison and Jackie Kennedy. The women meet the first Friday of each month, and have a guest speaker or plan an antiquing event in the area. The Jacqueline Kennedy Chapter of The Vintage Ladies, held their monthly meeting at the home of Southport resident, Brenda Quashne at 10:00 a.m. on November 5, 2010. The program involved a skit performed by Doris N. Thompson based upon information from Emily Weil’s new book, “Cornwallis’ Campaign: Wilmington to Yorktown.” The focus of the book is the British General’s march through eastern NC during the Revolutionary War.

Guest speaker, Ms. Thompson, wrote a skit about the character Polly Slocum from Weil’s book. Background information about the revolutionary period and information about the war was provided by Southport residents Phyllis Wilson and Trudy Tanzillo, who is a member of the Jackie’s program committee. All three ladies are member of the Brunswick Town Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution. Doris Thompson, who portrayed Polly was dressed in Colonial Costume. The narrators presented facts about Polly Slocumb’s Ride, then Thompson portraying Polly reenacts what is believed to have happened. At the end you want to believe Polly, who at times has been known to embellish her story.

The book is delightful and if anyone would like to purchase “Cornwallis’ Campaign: Wilmington to Yorktown.” they can call Wayne County Museum at 919-734-5023 or e-mail them.

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