FREE COWPENS EVENTS TODAY: You can hear different perspectives about the American Revolution on Sunday when Cowpens National Battlefield celebrates the 230th anniversary of the Battle of Cowpens with "Voices of the Revolution."
All activities are free and open to the public.
Visitors can hear from Revolutionary War officers in the program tent. At 11 a.m., Christine Swager, author of several books - including "Come to the Cowpens" - will give a talk, "A Bad Time for the British," about the events that complicated Lord Cornwallis' life before and after the Battle of Cowpens. At noon, Howard Burnham will give a dramatic performance as an aged Lord Cornwallis reminiscing about the American Revolution. At 1 p.m., Jim Piecuch, author of "Cool Deliberate Courage: John Eager Howard in the American Revolution," will give a talk about Continental officer John Eager Howard. At 2 p.m., people taking part in "Morgan's March" will arrive at the program tent, where first-time participants will receive a medal. This will be followed by Durham Hunt's performance as Daniel Morgan, the "Old Wagoner," at 2:15. Authors will sign copies of their books in the visitor center after their talks. At 3 p.m., Debra Hutchins from the Spartanburg County Library will present a program on genealogy, how to research census and other historical records, and how to find your ancestors.
The park has planned ranger-guided battlefield walks to leave from behind the visitor center at 10:15 and 11:15 a.m. and 12:30, 1:45 and 3:15 p.m.
Re-enactors will give 18th-century cannon, musket or rifle firing demonstrations at 10:30 and 11:45 a.m. and 12:45, 1:30, and 2:30 p.m. Eighteenth-century cavalry demonstrations will be at 11:30 a.m. and 1:15 p.m.. Members of the 3rd Continental Light Dragoons will talk about the importance of cavalry in the Battle of Cowpens as well as demonstrate Revolutionary War era cavalry skills.
The park is setting aside a special area where children can participate in colonial activities such as making sachets, flags, whirligigs and drums, writing with quill pens, and learning the von Steuben weapons drill. These activities will be available from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
The park will close at 5 p.m.. Only drinks and snacks are available in the park. Dress appropriately for the weather.
Cowpens National Battlefield is 10 miles west of Gaffney. Details: www.nps.gov/cowp.
FREE ADMISSION TODAY, MONDAY: Wright Brothers National Memorial will join other national park sites across the country in celebrating the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. holiday by waiving admission fees today and Monday.
The National Park Service will waive admission fees on 17 selected dates throughout 2011. Fee free days will also be offered during National Park Week (April 16-24), the first day of summer (June 21), National Public Lands Day (Sept. 24), and the weekend of Veterans Day (Nov. 11-13).
Two other Park Service properties in Eastern North Carolina - Fort Raleigh National Historic Site and Cape Hatteras National Seashore - do not charge admission..
Details on these specific properties: www.nps.gov/wrbr (Wright Brothers National Memorial), www.nps.gov/fora (Fort Raleigh National Historic Site) and www.nps.gov/caha (Cape Hatteras National Seashore).
FREE POINTS FOR SKI VACATION : Book four or more nights at a qualifying ResortQuest by Wyndham Rentals ski destination in North America by Jan. 31, and travel by April 15, and receive 25,000 Wyndham Rewards points that can be redeemed for up to four free night stays at many Wyndham Rewards participating hotels with no blackout dates. The promotion includes a variety of other reward options, including airline tickets, movie and theme park tickets, and gift cards for retailers and restaurants.
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FLY TO AUSTRALIA, THEN FLY TO WESTERN AUSTRALIA FOR FREE: Tourism Western Australia and Qantas Vacations are offering free domestic flights to western Australia to the first 200 travelers when booked with international Qantas airfares to Australia. Travelers booking flights to any of the gateway cities on Australia's east coast - Sydney, Brisbane or Melbourne - can visit stunning western Australian destinations including Perth, Broome, or both, for free (a savings of up to $700 per couple).
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The "Fly Free to Western Australia" offer applies when at least two adults travel together and buy round-trip international flights and a minimum of a six-night hotel accommodation. There is no travel date restriction, but the offer ends after 200 bookings are received or on Feb. 2.
Details: http://qantas vacations.com/flyfreewa/# .
FREE BLUEGRASS SHOWS: Up in Martinsburg, W.Va., the Eastern Panhandle Bluegrass Association hosts a bluegrass music jam each Sunday from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Caperton Train Station, 226 E. Martin St. in downtown Martinsburg. Co-sponsored by the Martinsburg-Berkeley County Convention and Visitors Bureau, the EPBA Winter Jams are free and open to the public.