Snake oil salesman

Larry Bowers of Berkeley Springs, W.Va., portrays a snake oil salesman at Old Bedford Village’s Wild West Weekend in June 2019.

The COVID-19 pandemic has forced Old Bedford Village to make some big changes

in its 2020 schedule, but the Village is still planning to open its season this weekend.

Joy Cooper, supervisor and interpreter, said the Village will be open Memorial Day weekend from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day.

After this weekend, the Village will be open Thursdays through Sundays, except for special events.

Cooper said the Village will observe social

distancing guidelines by only permitting a limited number visitors in each building at one time. Masks will be required. Cooper said some masks will be available at the gift shop, but visitors are asked to provide their own if possible.

As for this weekend, “we will have people in the buildings, and we will have some extras who will have some displays,” she said.

The virus has caused some juggling of the schedule, and one of the Village’s popular events has already fallen victim.

The annual Civil War Weekend, scheduled for June 13-14, has been canceled and won’t be rescheduled.

It’s disappointing, Cooper said, because along with the annual battle re-enactment and chance to interact with the re-enactors, a number of new events had been in the works, including a Civil War ball and a fashion show.

Although there will be no re-enactment, Cooper said she hoped to have some Civil War re-enactors on hand for the Village’s Living History Weekend, Aug. 15-16.

That weekend, another popular event, will have “a lot of displays going on. A lot of the houses are manned,” Cooper said.

Another annual event, the Wild West Weekend, had been scheduled for June 27-28, but has been moved to Sept. 19-20.

Admission prices for the season are $10 adults; $9 seniors; $5 students 18 and under; and children under 5 are admitted free.

Contact Paul Rowan at prowan@bedfordgazette.com, 623-1151, ext. 140.

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