By Karen Blackledge
The Danville News
Iron Heritage Festival organizers were pleased with the turnout during the past weekend’s festival.
“It is almost impossible to explain the excitement I felt from Friday at the Battle of the Bands until the closing hymn sing on the river Sunday evening. All of those participating in the many events were great, each in so many different roles,” said Sis Hause, events co-chairman.
She said the manager of the Dodworth Saxhorn Band called early Monday morning to express their gratitude for inviting them to participate in the festival’s celebration of the 150th anniversary of the Civil War. “He said the band members had a wonderful time: they loved the opportunity to present so many different shows at various venues. It gave them the opportunity to show their wide-ranging talents. He also mentioned the band members enjoyed eating at the many local restaurants and shopping in the local stores. They said everyone was so pleasant and asked to remember the Moose Family Center for their wonderful meal and hospitality,” she said.
“The Confederation of Union Generals were overwhelmed with the extraordinary hospitality of the local townspeople and said that whenever they are passing by they would surely stop in Danville,” she said.
Their event coordinator wrote, “Not in our wildest imagination could we have envisioned the way Danvillians welcomed us into their community and responded to our presence and our presentations. They all won our hearts.” They wanted to be certain that we thanked American Legion Post 40 for the wonderful meal that was provided for them and to be absolutely certain to thank the volunteers who helped them set up their tents, Hause said.
Lynn Reichen, events co-chairman, said at least 500 people toured the Montgomery House Museum. “It was the biggest crowd year for the entire weekend,” she said of past festivals. A member of a visiting band was allowed to play the cornet the museum has on display. “He lubricated the cornet and played it on the sidewalk,” she said.
With the festival crowded, she said everything went well. “We had so many raves about the festival — I don’t think we could have done anything any better. It was a wonderful weekend. The generals and the Dodworth band want to come back. The 2nd South Carolina String Band had a wonderful time,” she said.
“We thank our sponsors and out volunteers — we couldn’t have done it without everybody helping,” she said.