'Gathering of Blacksmiths' planned

Saturday, May 28, 2016

Event assembles Civil War interest groups

"Hammer in 2016: A Gathering of Blacksmiths" will be a new entertainment event offered from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on June 4 in Newtonia, celebrating the ancient craft.

Blacksmiths from around the four-state area will gather at the historic Ritchey Mansion in Newtonia to demonstrate their skills and sell their wares. Visitors can watch blacksmiths work from nails to fancy ornamental iron.

In addition, representatives from the George Washington Carver National Monument, Wilson's Creek National Battlefield, Pea Ridge National Battlefield, Eastern Shawnee Tribe and Civil War Roundtable of the Ozarks will offer information about their organizations and related tourism opportunities.

Local authors will have beens and stories to share at the Ritchey Mansion, which will be open for tours from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. A quilt show will be held nearby at the Newtonia Community Center, where food concessions will be available.

The event is sponsored by the Newtonia Battlefields Protection Association and the Newton County Tourism Council. For additional information, people may call 417-389-2719