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Beech Grove, Indiana

Saturday, March 16, 2019

Civil War show comes to Beech Grove

Beech Grove, IN (March 16, 2019) IBG — The ninth annual Civil War Show at Beech Grove High School is unique in many ways. With scores of vendors from 10 states and more than 130 tables of displays, the show serves as a fundraiser for the high school’s Renaissance program that encourages and honors students, a museum of rare all-original artifacts, an educational experience for history buffs and patrons and original Civil War items can be purchased. The show begins Friday, March 22, 4 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. and continues Saturday, March 23, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is $3 per person and is good for each day, a bargain compared to $15 or more for similar shows throughout the Midwest and East Coast.

Retired BGHS principal Harvey Warrner, a Civil War buff since childhood, emphasizes that the show is special to the Southside community because it raises funds for the BGHS Renaissance program that rewards students for improvement in the 3 A’s – attendance, attitude and academics. Students become eligible to take part in Renaissance activities. “The show is unique to Renaissance because students and adults are not going out into the community seeking funds, but the community comes to this,” Warrner said. “And this also attracts many people from the Midwest and vendors from states as far away as New Mexico and Maryland.”

All admissions, vendor fees and proceeds from concessions are donated to the high school’s student incentive fund (Renaissance) that rewards student improvement with special activities and items.

No state money or tax dollars support Renaissance. “Improved attitude is so important for today’s students,” the veteran educator said. “The kids are like flowers; they don’t all bloom at the same time.”

So, as Warrner contends, funding for Renaissance fosters student improvement. As for the show itself, the artifacts on display are treasured and can be purchased from vendors.

All original Civil War items range from from swords, Springfield muskets, cannonballs, documents, personal items like canteens, uniforms, medals, books and cards plus other collectibles.

Prices range from $2 for bullets, $200 for canteens, $900 for muskets and other items are $10,000 or more. “Everything is authentic,” said Warrner of he Beech Grove show. ‘The community and out-of-state visitors enjoy the show. You don’t necessarily have to be a Civil War enthusiast. This is a good place to spend a few hours. I’m sure they will see something they have not seen before.” Experts also will be available to provide free appraisals of Civil War items. The show is at the school at 5339 Hornet Ave., east off the 3900 block of South Emerson Avenue. Concessions, some home-cooked items, are available for purchase.

After Warrner retired as BGHS principal several years ago, he and his family traveled to numerous Civil War sites and battlefields and Civil War shows. ​They continually buy and sell items. Warrner expressed pride in the show because it raises funds to reward deserving high school students which makes the Beech Grove Civil War Show unique throughout the nation.

SOURCE: Southsider Voice
SOURCE: IndyStar
PHOTO CREDITS: Michelle Pemberton

Monday, March 11, 2019

Daniels’ Daily Dose: What a Weekend!

Beech Grove, IN (March 11, 2019) IBG — What a weekend for BGCS and the community of Beech Grove!  From BG Jubilaires winning Grand Champions at Brownsburg on Friday night to our boys’ basketball team playing in the Regional Finals (final 8 teams in 3a) at Greencastle.  Downtown, on a rainy and windy Saturday, our teachers joined other teachers across the state to fill up the statehouse for the ‘Red for Ed’ rally while at Lucas Oil Stadium our BGMS Robotics team competed in the state finals!

Construction helmet honoring Coach Matt English - Photo: BGHS The Hive

I would like to speak on the boys’ basketball team and the amazing heart and toughness they showed this weekend while also thanking a long list of people who helped make a great day possible!
The team won the first game of the day against the host school, Greencastle, which was BG’s first regional win since 1966.  While our fans were probably outnumbered 5-1 in the stands, you would’ve never known because our BG cheer section was so LOUD!  The night game brought even more of the BG community and we filled up the stands with black and orange to support our team.  We lost in the regional championship game to Crispus Attucks but our team never quit!  THANK YOU – Beech Grove staff and community for making the long drive to cheer on our basketball team.

1. Athletic/Coaching Staff – Thank you for all the planning and efforts that happened this week going into this weekend.  Also, for giving up your weekend to prepare for the games, and make sure our players were taken care of this weekend!  It’s been a very challenging season for many reasons but in the end, we couldn’t be more proud of the result and your dedication!

2. Bus Drivers – Often times overlooked, but thank you for safely transporting our students and coaches/teachers to and from their destinations.  Also, sacrificing most of your weekend to do so!

3. Coach Fangman and Cheerleaders – Thank you for organizing the student fan bus, sharing your bus space, and leading our BG fans in cheer after cheer, louder and louder each time!

4. BG Pep Band – Thank you, Cory and Jon, for competing in a competition Saturday morning and then getting your Pep Band together for Saturday night to bring, as always, the best pep band music around!
Only one more week until Spring Break!  Make it a great one!

STORY: Quinten Starks on Mar 11, 2019