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To Appomattox – A Mini-Series in the Making


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Most Americans should know of the American Civil War when asked. We learned about it in grade school from our History books. Some of us may have acted in school plays as Lincoln, reciting the Gettysburg Address. Some of us even have ancestors that fought in the civil war. There are also a few movies that could help fill in some of the blanks, Gettysburg, North and South, Lincoln, just to name a few.

On April 12, 1861, the American Civil War began when Confederate forces fired upon Fort Sumter. For four years, both the Union (The North) and the Confederates (The South) battled against one another in twenty three different states. The majority of those battles were fought in Tennessee and Virginia.

On April 9, 1865, Lee surrenders to Grant at the Appomattox court house, the Confederates lost, the war was over. The American Civil War still remains one of the bloodiest battles in history, with over 620,000 killed from combat, disease, or starvation, and over 476,000 wounded.

A mini-series is currently being filmed called, To Appomattox. It will be the most historically accurate presentation ever to be filmed. They currently have a Kickstarter page going, where you can become involved with their project by donating. With your donations, you can receive really awesome gifts such as cast autographed items, a behind the scenes DVD, a copy of the script, an opportunity to walk on the set, or be an extra, or have an actual speaking part in the mini-series. You can even be a part of the premiere in New York City or Hollywood, as well as the post-premiere party. You could take a tour of the set, or be a part of the meet and greet at one of the screenings. There are more things to list that you will receive from your donations. To see the full list, click here.

By donating, you get to be involved in the production of the mini-series. This is an opportunity of a lifetime, not just for Civil War historians or re-enactors, but for everyone. Everyone should be involved. Click here to find out more details about the mini-series or to donate now.

To Appomattox has a cast of amazing talent: Jason O’Mara, Stephen Lang, Noah Wyle, Richard Speight, Rascal Flatts, Kim Delaney, Trace Adkins, Kix Brooks, Powers Booth, plus many more other famous talents.

Here are some important links for you to visit:

http://www.toappomattox.com

http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1258300090/to-appomattox-a-civil-war-event-miniseries

www.facebook.com/ToAppomattox

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Why I Love Chocolate


Everyone has a reason as to why they like chocolate or vanilla; it’s simply a personal choice. For me it goes beyond choice, it comes straight from the factory…literally. My step dad is from Pennsylvania and every summer, until I was about fifteen, we would pack the car and set off on our vacation towards the New England states…mostly Pennsylvania. We would always stop at Gettysburg and Philadelphia, but most memorably we would stop at Hershey.

They had a tram inside that would take you on a small tour of where their chocolate comes from, how they make it, and where the name Hershey kiss comes from, and where the name Hershey came from, and other Hershey details. At the end of the tour we would get a free piece of chocolate candy, then walk around the gift shop; my sisters and I would get our own candy bar.

On one occasion my mother and I got to sample the new strawberry ice cream syrup before it was put out on the market. Of course her and I were huge fans of strawberries said we would love to sample it. We were to tell them if we like it and if we didn’t, and what we liked about it and what we didn’t like about it.

The street lamps of Hershey, Pennsylvania are Hershey kisses. And if you drive to the factory and slowly drive by, roll your windows down and take a huge whiff, you would literally smell chocolate…I’m not kidding!! My family and I have done this many times!