I've lived many places, including overseas, but consider Richmond home. I had never been to the re-enactment b/c it usually conflicts w/ my church commitments. A friend invited me to go, having had a good experience many yrs. ago. Do get there early! On street parking wasn't a problem.The line was backed down the street sidewalk when we arrived abt 15" early. The church is lovely, w/ quite nice stained glass. It is much larger than I had envisioned for the vintage. It does have A/C. The preamble is a sing-along of patriotic songs, which sets the tone nicely. The best seats for the performance are front and center, which we didn't have. Most actors projected so we could hear them, but I did have trouble w/ some. Patrick Henry was great! The background explanation was quite helpful for context. The actors had great period costumes & wigs. Many have held these roles for years and are professionals, but the performance was fresh. The dialogue made the conflicting opinions clear, as well as the huge risk that the colonists took. This is truly history come alive, and interested me, even though I'm not a history buff. This seemed to appeal to all ages. Afterwards, there is a nice gift shop down the hill, as well as time to explore the lovely cemetery. We also took a short drive around the area, and enjoyed lovely views over the James River and charming architecture in this gentrified area. I used to live on Capitol Hill, and the area brought back nice memories.
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