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Save the Date for the Odessa Brewfest September 6, 2014 in Delaware

Beer festivals are known for craft brews, good music, delicious food and great company, but not necessarily beautiful venues. Many beer festivals are held either inside large convention halls or tent-and-asphalt affairs outdoors. The Odessa Brewfest is an opportunity to sample some of the best regional and national craft beers accompanied by great food, great music, and great people. Over 40 breweries are scheduled to attend.

Rich Wagner brings his colonial brewing demonstration to the Odessa Brewfest on Sept. 6, 2014. Image Courtesy of Odessa Brewfest

Rich Wagner brings his colonial brewing demonstration to the Odessa Brewfest on Sept. 6, 2014. Image Courtesy of Odessa Brewfest

The 2014 Odessa Brewfest will be in a sprawling grass field overlooking water, surrounded by historical homes, blooming gardens and Delaware historic landmarks. Known in the 1700s as Cantwell’s Bridge, Odessa contains some of the finest examples of 18th and 19th century architecture in the state, including the 1822 Cantwell’s Tavern.

For tickets, information, and an up-to-date list of participating brewers, visit OdessaBrewfest.Com.

Date: September 6, 2014
Time: 12noon – 6:00pm
Location: Odessa, DE

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Civil War in Delaware: Part 3

Slavery in Delaware

Delaware played a major role in the history of African-American freedom, said Reed. Thomas Garrett organized and operated a branch of the Underground Railroad running from Seaford through Middletown and Odessa.

Harriet Tubman: Wikipedia: woodcut artist not listed; W.J. Moses, printer; stereotyped by Dennis Bro's & Co.

Harriet Tubman: Wikipedia: woodcut artist not listed; W.J. Moses, printer; stereotyped by Dennis Bro’s & Co.

Harriet Tubman conducted slaves through Delaware to freedom during the 1850’s. She was assisted by other free people of color and escaped slaves. “From 1863 to 1865, Delaware furnished 924 men to the Union Army as members of four U.S. Colored Troop Regiments,” said Reed.

The Civil War Round Table of Wilmington, Delaware, Inc, the nation’s fourth oldest civil war round table, meets to learn about and discuss these contentious times on the first Wednesday of the month from September through June. Reservations required. For information about featured speakers, visit http://mysite.verizon.net/vze6oji5/index.html .

This story was first published in the News Journal under the byline of Gail A. Sisolak. All rights reserved.