As benefits go, the June 22 Benefit for Third Winchester, sponsored by the Shenandoah Valley Battlefields Foundation has is a lot to offer. The morning includes a guided tour of the until-recently forested section of the battle’s infamous “basin of hell,” followed in the afternoon by a VIP reception with Ron Maxwell, director of the yet-to-be-released “Copperhead” and a screening of the movie.
The two-hour tour, beginning at 9:30 a.m., will be led by the venerable Ed Bearss who at 89 knows the war intimately and has delighted audiences for decades with his insider stories of the personalities involved in any encounter. Don’t be fooled by his age. His Marine training has stayed with him and he can out-walk most anyone.
At 1:30 p.m., a VIP reception honoring Maxwell, also director of “Gettysburg” and “Gods and Generals,” is scheduled to be followed by a screening of “Copperhead” at 4 p.m., at the Alamo Drafthouse Cinemas near Winchester.
Tickets for the tour and screening are $50. For all three events, the cost is $75.
The Foundation serves as the nonprofit manager of the Shenandoah Valley Battlefields National Historical District and works in partnership with eight counties and four cities in the valley.