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Annual Rum Rebellion Days set this week in Iron River


July 16, 2012
Iron Mountain Daily News , The Mining Journal

IRON RIVER - The annual Rum Rebellion Days celebration will be held Wednesday through Friday in Iron River.

The Rum Rebellion Days festival commemorates the original Rum Rebellion, which occurred in Iron River during the Prohibition era.

In February 1920, officers raided a wine-making operation at the Scalcucci family's grocery store in the Virgil Location without a search warrant. Since there was no warrant, Iron County attorney Martin McDonough refused to press charges.

Federal prohibition officer A.V. Dalrymple disagreed with McDonough's decision, declaring Iron River to be "in open rebellion against prohibition."

The case, which had gained national attention, was eventually settled in a compromise and resulted in the reaffirmation of due process in Iron County.

Events kick off on Wednesday with a production of the off-Broadway musical "Always Patsy Cline" at 7 p.m. CDT at the Windsor Center.

Admission to the show is $15. Proceeds will support Camp Batawagama in Iron County.

"Always Patsy Cline" is based on Cline's friendship with a fan from Houston named Louise Seger, who befriended the star in a Texas honky-tonk in 1961 and continued corresponding with her until the singer's death in a plane crash in 1963.

On Thursday, the Iron County Museum will host a wine and cheese event from 6 to 9 p.m. CDT.

Pre-register can be made by contacting the museum at 265-2617.

Friday activities start with Market Days from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. CDT in the downtown area. There will be vendors, a pie sale and old fashioned photos at the West Iron District Library.

Registration for the all-school reunion golf challenge takes place at noon at the Iron River County Club on Selden Road.

Two events start at 7 p.m. CDT: the all-school reunion pizza party at the Iron River Country Club and the Rum Rebellion Revue, which will highlight mining and the Iron County Fair, at the Windsor Center.

Due to road construction, there will not be a Rum Rebellion parade this year.



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