Hamilton - Burr duel re-enactment brings history to life at Antiques Festival
The Clinch River Antiques Festival begins on Friday, Oct. 8, with activities from from 6 - 9 p.m. when the shops of Market and Main Streets will be open late.

The evening features family-friendly festivities such as wagon rides and musical entertainment.

On Saturday, Oct. 9, more than 80 antique dealers from across the region will line Market Street from 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Again this year, history can be found in more than just antiques; history will come to life through a re-enactment of the 1804 duel between Aaron Burr and Alexander Hamilton.

Burr, first term Vice President of the United States under Thomas Jefferson, shot Hamilton, United States Secretary of the Treasury, in a duel fueled by years of animosity between the political rivals and personal enemies.

While a duel fought in New Jersey between two national leaders may seem to have little connection to Clinton, festival-goers will learn it’s significance to Clinton’s history as they watch the duel play out and learn how the town of Burrville became today’s Clinton.

The re-enactment will take place at 12:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 9, and will be held on the entertainment stage in Gazebo Park located adjacent to Market Street

In addition to the large selection of antiques, festival-goers can enjoy a wide selection of entertainment at the stage area in Gazebo Park.

Young festival-goers can join the fun at the “Kid’s Korner,” hosted by First Baptist Church of Clinton.

Children’s activities are open from 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. and are free of charge.

Activities are open to children up to grrade 6 and require the presence of a parent or guardian.

The festival, presented by the Anderson County Chamber of Commerce and the City of Clinton, is sponsored by Mercy Health Partners, Methodist Medical Center of Oak Ridge, and Regions Bank. For additional information call the Chamber at (865) 457-2559.

Clinton Elementary Medieval Fair Sept. 25
Clinton Elementary PTO will sponsor a carnival from 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 25.

The carnival will have a medieval theme to go along with the CES mascot the “knights.”

The carnival is a great opportunity to raise money to support school programs such as the accelerated reader program, to buy TCAP practice materials, and update school technology.

Games will be available for kids of all ages.

There will be large inflatables, as well as food, prizes, and activities throughout the building.

Due to popular demand, the Little Ponderosa Zoo will be returning this year.

Admission is free, but armbands will be on sale for $10 to cover the cost of playing on the inflatables, and tickets to play the games will cost 50 cents each.

Dinner on the house at CHS Tuesday
Clinton High School Principal Eric Snider is inviting parents in to meet their children’s teachers Tuesday and offering parents “dinner on the house” in the bargain.

“We need to see more parents at our school, and we hope that providing a quick supper and a look into their children’s day will bring them out,” Snider said.

The event, set for “after work” hours on Tuesday, will open with a free spaghetti dinner for CHS parents, beginning at 5:30, and give parents an opportunity to meet their children’s teachers and walk through their daily schedule.

“We’ll begin handing out schedules to parents at 5:30 in the cafeteria,” Snider said. “Starting at 6:30, there will be four 20-minute blocks of time for parents to gather in the classrooms their children fill every day, with 10 minutes for them to move between classes, just like their kids do.”

Snider emphasized that the “class time” will give faculty members a chance to talk with parents as a group about course content, classroom procedures, and expectations.

“All teachers will have sign-up sheets in their rooms for parents who want to meet individually about grades, behavior, or other matters,” Snider said, “but those one-on-one conversations will be held at another time, not during the open house.”

Snider noted that the event will be a significant change from previous open houses, which have been held in the late afternoon, and he said he hoped the schedule and format would encourage more parents to participate.

“A 3:30 or 4 o’clock meeting can be tough for working parents,” he said. “And, in the past, a parent who simply wanted to meet their child’s teacher could end up in line behind someone who really needed to schedule a full-blown conference.

“We hope that providing dinner and a format that opens the lines of communication with teachers will help parents learn more about our school and our goals.”

For more information, visit www.acs.ac or call 463-2800, ext. 2860, or call CHS at 457-2611.

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