Without a Country – Lunch

The premiere of “Without a Country” is scheduled for March 18, 2017 in Centerville, Iowa.  The film will be shown at the beautifully restored Majestic Theater at 1:30pm.  Click on the following link to check out their Facebook page.

Majestic Theater Facebook Page

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Are you looking for a place to eat prior to the premiere?
Several of the movie cast and crew plus families will gather for lunch at The Continental Hotel in Centerville.  We will get there between 11:15 and 11:30am.  Please join us if you want to enjoy a good lunch and be near the theater.
The link below connects to the Hotel website.  It looks like the Menu portion of the website is not working.  As I recall, Lunch prices are $8-12.
Location:  217 North 13th Street, Centerville, Iowa  
The Hotel is on the East side of the town square on North 13th Street and Theater is about 2 blocks south of the Hotel on North 13th Street.  There is lots of free parking on the town square.

The Continental Hotel Website

>>>>>>    Please make sure to invite family and friends to attend this special event.  

>>>>>>    I hope to see you Saturday March 18th.  


Without A Country – March 18th

Scott shooting Commodore Sloane B


You are invited to attend the premier of Without A Country.  Details are below.  
—  March 18, 2017 at 1:30pm
—  Majestic Theater
—  100 N. 13th Street, Centerville, Iowa
NO CHARGE:  There is no charge to see the presentation.  
DONATION:  A free will donation would be appreciated to help cover cost of renting the theater.   (Suggested donation:  $5 per adult or $10 per family.)
DVD AND BLU-RAY COPIES of the movie will be available before and after the movie showing.  No credit cards.  Please bring correct cash if possible.
—  DVD’s ……….. $15 each
—  Blu-Ray’s …..  $20 each
Note: if you participated in the filming of the movie you are entitled to a $5 discount on the purchase of 1 copy.
LUNCH:  A lunch place is in the works for those who would like to eat together prior to the premier.  Details are coming soon…

Coming Soon…

Without a Country is coming soon…

The short trailer (above) provides a taste of what’s to come.  The Blog Posts in the “Without A Country” section introduce some of the amazing cast.  They did a great job in bringing this story to life.  

This story is set in the North Carolina mountains.  It is based on the true story of a family’s harrowing trials during the Civil War.   It will soon come to the big screen.   Plus, the story will be available in DVD and Blu-ray form.

All of this is happening in MARCH – – the date and details are coming soon.

So, please stay tuned……………………….



Meet the Cast – Part 9


Now I will get back to introducing the cast of the upcoming movie – Without a Country.

Imagine yourself in Watauga County, North Carolina… and the Civil War is raging.  You are visiting mountain farmers in the small fields  in the upper valley near Valle Crucis.  These families are subsistence farmers working hard to feed their family.  They have virtually no money.  Their crop and chickens and pigs are all they have.  Their log cabin, barn and everything else they have comes from their hands.

Our lead characters – James Wilburn “Will” Clark and Suzanne Lusk – were surrounded by family.  And some of these family members intermarried.  For example, Suzanne’s brother Elkana married Will’s sister Evaline.  

Lynn Bolinger (below) played the part of Evaline Clark Lusk, Will’s sister.  

Annaliese Bates (above left) played Mary Lusk, daughter of Elkana and Evaline Lusk.

Calla Bates (above right) played Martha Lusk, daughter of Elkana and Evaline Lusk.


Thunder in the Woods – the Dance


Saturday night – what do you do for entertainment??

The Thunder in the Woods Civil War reenactment solved that problem for a number of folks in Corydon, Iowa.  The ladies and gents got decked out their finest and went to the Prairie Trails Museum ready for some old-timey music and a Civil War period dance.


The air was filled with sweet sounds as the band – a base, a banjo, a fiddle and a guitar – played.  Old tunes came to life and the melodies put a smile on everyone’s face.  Confederates and Federals united to enjoy the evening as the men and women went back and forth, twirling and spinning.  They did the Virginia reel.  They swayed to the gentle swells of a waltz.  They visited and laughed the night away.



Thunder in the Woods – hangin’ out


This past weekend Corydon Lake Park (at Corydon, Iowa) hosted Thunder in the Woods, a booming Civil War reenactment.  In this world the weapons fire smoke plus the Federal and Confederate forces are actually living history enthusiasts.   The park was full of folks, male and female, young and old, in period clothing.  They enjoyed being part of the event, camping, visiting, cooking on an open fire, doing art projects…  you name it.  As I walked through the trees one thing was very noticeable – –  EVERYONE was having a great time! 


My stroll around the park felt like a trip back in time – all the way back to the 1860’s.  A number of the ladies were outfitted in long dresses and flashy hats.  The gents had their vests and hats and some had rifles and gear.  A breeze rustled the leaves across the park and smoke from the campfires drifted through the camps. 


Men and women relaxed and enjoyed a fine time telling stories and visiting.  There was no email and no texting.  Everyone communicated face to face.  Mmmmmmm… what a comfortable, relaxing weekend – just hangin’ out.





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