[cinci_dads] Re: Dads Night Out - July 20 or 21- Blue Jacket Outdoor Drama

  • From: "Mike Busam" <mjb@xxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: <cinci_dads@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Tue, 11 Jun 2002 16:58:29 -0400

If you'll pardon a long book report.... I've heard "Blue Jacket" is a pretty 
good show. The play was written by Allan W. Eckert and based on what are 
thought to be actual events about a white kid from West Virginia with the 
improbable name of Marmaduke Van Swearingen, who was captured in 1771 by the 
Shawnee, adopted and eventually became a war chief. There's a bit of 
controversy at present about whether Blue Jacket really was of European decent, 
and Eckert has been on the defensive for his role in popularizing the story, 
but either way, the story is interesting--and indeed, *someone* named Blue 
Jacket really existed. 

The story of Blue Jacket is also detailed (along with other historical figures 
and episodes) in a number of books Eckert wrote, including "That Dark And 
Bloody River," which is about the settling of the Ohio River and Ohio, with an 
emphasis on southern Ohio (much of it takes place in our area), "The 
Frontiersmen," which has plenty of stories about Daniel Boone and Simon Kenton, 
and "A Sorrow in My Heart," about Tecumseh, who was born in the Xenia / Yellow 
Springs area. 

Eckert calls these books "historical narratives," and while they read like 
novels, the books are copiously end-noted, etc., and except for a cases where 
the original sources he relied on proved to be bogus--for instance, he tells 
how Tecumseh fell in love with a white woman in "The Frontiersman," but when he 
wrote an entire book about Tecumseh years later he discovered his 18th century 
source (the woman's diary) for the love affair was pure fiction, a lie made up 
to get attention--the books are considered to be accurate accounts of the 
history of that period. In any case, there's plenty of hatchetings and 
scalpings and gun battles and amazing escapes and rescues, tales of bravery, 
cowardice, cruelty, etc., and the reading is never dull, though it is, 
admittedly, often rather depressing.

Take care,
---Mike Busam
  ----- Original Message ----- 
  From: Niewierowski 
  To: Cincinnati Dads 
  Sent: Tuesday, June 11, 2002 11:28 AM
  Subject: [cinci_dads] Dads Night Out - July 20 or 21- Blue Jacket Outdoor 

  Howdy All!

  I'm planning a Dads Night Out for Saturday or Sunday July 20-20  for the

  Outdoor Drama Blue Jacket in Xenia, Ohio approximately 1.5 hours away.

  the Drama starts at 8 p.m. and ends around 10:30 p.m., this doesn't

  include trave time.  Ticket prices for Saturday are $15 for the show and $8.95

  for the frontier dinner prior to the show. Sunday Ticket prices are $9.00 for 

  show and $8.95 for the frontier dinner. The Drama contains violence and loud 

  and considered inappropriate for little children.

   If interested I need a firm commitment,  MONEY for the tickets in advanced

  no later than June 22nd.


  For further info, check-out their web site ; www.bluejacketdrama.com

  Please e-mail or call me if you have further questions.

  rick n-ski

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