Historical "base ball" and cannons tonight at the Statehouse

Staff Writer
Columbus Parent

Come watch "base ball" and see/hear cannons go off tonight at the Ohio Statehouse!

The year-long Ohio Statehouse sesquicentennial celebration continues with a fun-filled evening on the Statehouse lawn tonight, July 22. Beginning at 7 p.m., members of the Ohio General Assembly will challenge the Ohio Village Muffins to an exhibition game of vintage base ball.

Vintage base ball (two words prior to the 1880s), is a game played by the rules and customs of the 19th century. Players, umpires and scorekeepers dress in period attire and play base ball as it was meant to be played. This historic exhibition game is sure to be fast-moving, exciting and a bit hysterical at times for everyone. The game will transport spectators and players to a time when base ball was emerging as the national pastime.

The game in its entirety will be televised live on the Ohio Channel and streamed at www.ohiochannel.org.

After the base ball game, the 1st Ohio Light Artillery, Battery A will provide cannon firing demonstrations and old-time games and activities for families.

Beginning at dusk (around 9 p.m.), the community is invited to hang around to watch an outdoor movie on the giant screen. This week it's "Glory," the 1989 Civil War drama starring Matthew Broderick and Denzel Washington (age-appropriate warning here: the film is an accurate historical account of the American Civil War and may not be suitable for all audiences).

The events are free and open to the public. In the event of rain, the base ball game will be rescheduled, but the movie will move over to the Ohio Theatre (and will still be shown for free).

For more information, go to http://www.ohiostatehouse.org/.