Summaries of Local Activities

FFNCA holds various events throughout the year. These might include getting together with other clubs for a day, small gatherings of club members, and activities open to all of FFNCA. Read on to join us after the fact for some of these.

FFNCA and Harrisburg Clubs Visit Gettysburg

On Sunday July 11, 2021, members of the Friendship Force National Capital Area and Friendship Force Greater Harrisburg clubs – 27 people!– enjoyed a joint outing at the Gettysburg Battlefield hosted by FFGH. We started in the visitors’ Center with an outstanding film, A New Birth of Freedom, narrated by Morgan Freeman. Next we viewed the Cyclorama–a huge painting in the round with sound and lights narrating the Battle of Gettysburg, (July 1-3, 1863), a turning point of America’s Civil War Battle. 

Members of the two clubs at Little Roundtop.

We moved back into our cars to tour the Battlefield in two groups. The groups were led by Mike Staub of the Friendship Force of Greater Harrisburg, who grew up in Gettysburg, and Cliff Beasley who grew up in Richmond and offered the Southern perspective on the “war of Yankee aggression.” Both shared their wealth of knowledge of the Civil War and the details of various parts of the Gettysburg battle such as Pickett’s charge. 

Discussing the battle at Little Roundtop

The historic Dobbin House Tavern (circa 1776) served the group a delicious lunch including their famous onion soup. There we learned how the tavern served as a clinic to care for some of the many wounded in the Battle. We agreed that we should continue these joint outings and FFNCA will host the next one.

Lunch at Dobbin House Tavern