Theater of the American South celebrates Southern culture and history with a spring festival featuring a theatrical double-header, culinary demonstrations, speakers, and an antiques show. The Civil War in Song & Legend puts Broadway actor and 200-year-old gentleman Bill Schustik onstage to relive the turbulent 1860s by relating stories, personal memories of the events, and songs with intermittent youth-chorus and gospel-choir accompaniment. Doris Baizley’s Shiloh Rules portrays present-day Northern and Southern women involved in a reenactment of the famous battle as their personal feud escalates across the battlefield through events both dramatic and comedic. The antiques show proffers purchasable relics of past epochs in Southern history, providing relief for time-traveling antebellum ladies seeking their lost autograph books.
Rather than relying on lectures and stuffy articles, Imagination Station Science and History Museum engages visitors of all ages in the sciences with a range of dynamic exhibits and interactive programs. The museum—housed in Wilson's former federal post office and courthouse—thrills guests with rotating displays as well as 22 permanent exhibits. These hands-on galleries house animal collections, which include live specimens such as turtles and albino lizards. A range of educational programs such as field trips, themed science day camps, and science demonstrations complement these exhibits. The interactive center is also a resource for local information—a small, regional history exhibit on the third floor detail local history and culture.
As members of the Coastal Plain League, a confederation of top college players staying hot for the summer, the Wilson Tobs kick off the 2012 season with a matchup against their North Division rivals, the Petersburg Generals. In the past, the Tobs' roster has helped cultivate such star players as current Detroit Tigers starting pitcher Justin Verlander. This year, Clemson first baseman Joe Costigan returns to the Tobs dugout along with St. Louis University pitcher Jon Levin, whose four wins tied for the team lead in 2011. The Tobs kick off their cleats at their home field, Fleming Stadium, a hallowed park whose 73-year history has seen appearances by the likes of Elvis Presley—the King himself—and Mickey Mantle—a player notorious for gyrating his hips before every swing.