February 16th, 2009

little review

Poem for Monday

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We drove up to Hanover to see my in-laws, since it's Paul's father's birthday in two days. We went out for Chinese buffet for lunch, then went into Gettysburg, where we visited some of the shops and went to the David Wills House, where Abraham Lincoln stayed in 1863 the night before he delivered the Gettysburg Address. The house celebrated its grand opening on Lincoln's 200th birthday last Thursday, with two rooms featuring video about the Civil War and Lincoln's legacy, plus two rooms restored to their 1863 appearance: Wills' study, where he planned the national Union cemetery beside the battlefield, and the guest bedroom where Lincoln slept.

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We also walked to A Little Irish, Too and the historic train station where Lincoln arrived in Gettysburg, then stopped at the Hanover train station where Lincoln paused en route to Gettysburg. Since we had had such a big lunch, we had bagels for dinner, then the birthday cake that Paul made for his father and some Valentine's Day candy. In the evening we watched the Masterpiece Theatre broadcast of the new Oliver Twist, from which I was distracted by various conversations with relatives but which I enjoyed a lot (terrific cast, nice sets) -- now we have to wait a week for the conclusion!