Posted by Dana S. on October 02, 1999 at 18:04:59:
In Reply to: Re: My First Re-enactment posted by Jayne on October 02, 1999 at 12:38:04:
: Tell me your impressions of the day! Now, I see lots of talk on this here place about loincloths and what they barely cover. I can bet you saw some today! My turn tomorrow! You all had such a gorgeous fall day to attend. Hope we have the same.
: : Well, tomorrow I will be attending my first re-enactment. I will certainly be paying close attention to the native american re-enactors! My family and I will be at the Feast of the Hunter's Moon where we hope to see Caitlin and Jeff. Sarah, I am very interested in re-enacting from a spectator's point of view. Bill R. referred you to me, Sarah, as you have a fairly recent interest in re-enacting. I will probably have many questions for you after tomorrow.
: : Dana
What fun the Feast of the Hunter's Moon was today!! The only grey spot being that I didn't run into Caitlin and Jeff. Once I saw the vastness of the event , I knew we had little hope of meeting up with them.
As we were arriving (by shuttle bus), the first thing I heard were Bagpipes playing "Scotland the Brave". I cried. We watched the rest of the opening ceremonies. All the different regiments marching with their fifes and drums, beautiful costumes, and camp followers were wonderfully overwhelming. I cried. ( This crying thing cracks my husband up!) Next we went down to the Wabash River to cheer on the voyageurs as they arrived by canoe. The canoes looked a lot like the ones in LOTM. As soon as one of the canoes would hit the shore, thousands would cheer as the occupants carried it up the bank to place it in the grass. Yep. I cried. Thank goodness that was the end of most of the dramatic stuff. My husband was starting to think I wasn't having a good time.
There were hundreds of booths selling everything from parched corn(mmmm) to war clubs. As we shopped, we could hear the report of cannons on one side and the sound of drums from ceremonial dances on the other. Now THATS great music to shop by.
I saw some really good costumes and some not so good ones. Most of the military types were excellent. We didn't stay to watch the battle. It was going to be almost impossible to see anything in the crowd. I had imagined that there would be bleachers or something. Most good battles do have bleachers you know.
The food was awesome!! We had these fried pastries loaded with spices and covered with sugar. MMMMMMMMM!! We also had apple dumplings and parched corn. All the culinary offerings were either fried or cooked in some fashion over a fire. The aroma over the entire place was mouthwatering. We still smell like hickory smoke.
I enjoyed the experience thoroughly!!
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