Wednesday, August 11, 2010

September 2010 - Celebrate US Constitution at MOA

223rd Constitution Day

September 19, 2010

Museum of the Albemarle Auditorium

Elizabeth City, North Carolina

Sunday, 3:00 pm

  • Color Guard – JROTC Unit from Northeastern High School in Elizabeth City
  • Welcome – Kathleen Ingram, Regent of Betsy Dowdy Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution
  • National Anthem – Led by Nancy Ferebee
  • Boy Scouts with Colonial Flags
  • History of Constitution Day and Preamble to the Constitution
  • Introduction of the speaker by Mary Breheny, chairman of the Constitution Day Committee
  • Constitution Day Speaker – George Converse, USMC, ret.
  • Ringing of 223 bells to commemorate the anniversary – Captain Bennett, USCG
  • The Episcopal Church will also ring its bell in honor of the US Constitution's 223rd anniversary
  • Introduction of Kitty Griffin, author of The Ride: The Legend of Betsy Dowdy, a new children's book to be released August 31st of Betsy Dowdy's perilous legendary ride on horse back from the Outer Banks to the camp of General Skinner to pass information that the British were coming.– Ed Merrell
  • short break to allow additional children and guests to be seated
  • Kitty Griffin – Author reading of her book to the audience
    • Note: the book will be on sale at the gift shop in the Museum of the Albemarle. It will be released this month and is reviewed here by "Publisher's Weekly." It is illustrated by a well known Caldecott winner, Marjorie Priceman. The book has also been picked up by Junior Library Guild for their book club.
The Ride: The Legend of Betsy Dowdy
Kitty Griffin, illus. by Marjorie Priceman, S&S/Atheneum, $16.99 (40p) ISBN 978-1-4169-2816-4
A folk heroine from the Revolutionary War, crimson cape swirling behind her, races across the pages of this thrilling historical tale. The year is 1775, and teenage Betsy Dowdy secretly sets off on an all-night horseback journey to alert colonial militia to the British advance upon her North Carolina island home. Most spreads depict Betsy atop her horse, Bess, dashing through dark marshlands or dense forests. Swirls of deep royal and swaths of magenta evoke the eerie nighttime setting ("Through the trees Betsy saw moonlight reflect off a pair of staring eyes. She gripped the hilt of her knife. Was it a bear?"). Griffin's (The Foot-Stomping Adventures of Clementine Sweets) direct yet descriptive narrative recounts the calamities that befall Betsy, while the characters' cartoon styling lessens the tension. Priceman's (How to Make a Cherry Pie and See the U.S.A.) trademark free-flowing lines speed the story's momentum, with winding ribbons of color pulling Betsy--and readers--along a treacherous path. Author notes remind that this is only a legend, but on these pages, the perilous ride and courageous girl who undertook it feel very real. Ages 4–8. (Aug.)

More information on the book:
There is no admission fee. Everyone is Welcome. If you have questions or comments, please contact: Mary Ann Converse,,, 252-330-5667 / 252-330-2004

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