Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Well, the ball gown is going to stay home this trip. Old faithful will have to do and Steven will go in linen. Too bad, but nothing I can do about it at this point. There is an interesting website up, Living History Worldwide. Takes in all eras, all over; so you'll find ACW reenacters in England on the site. It's pretty interesting. Will report on Jefferson after the weekend.

Wednesday, April 23, 2008

So, the next event coming up is Jefferson. I don't plan to be there for the whole event, probably won't even make it out to the battlefield. I'm going for the ball; long drive for a ball, but it's fun and Time Was is playing. Usually, other than the ball, there isn't much for civilians other than the tea put on by the local UDC at the modern "plantation" house outside of town . With such a historic town and so much still intact, there is so much more they could do in the town itself for civilians.

My activities between now and then will be to alter my ball gown, I'm sure it will need to be let out or added to (unless I starve the next week).

Sunday, April 20, 2008

Living History Days, Confederate Reunion Grounds Mexia Texas

This is a small mainstream event east of Waco, Texas. The site is beautiful and has great potential. The weather could not have been better. The crowd on Saturday was fairly large considering there was little advertising of the event. I just don't understand why the public has to be so rude about the safety issue. If there is a barrier, it is there for a reason, if you are asked to remain behind the barrier, it is for a reason, why bad mouth the people who are trying to keep you from getting ran over by a horse or burned with powder. It was very irritating, especially when a reenactor decided it was time to yell at me and tell me that is really wasn't necessary. However, given those isolated instances, the event itself went well, I thought. Like all mainstream events it had it's share of less than accurate portrayals, wrist watches, women in hats with net knots and streamers but no petticoats, and confederate flag venders. It does have some great locations for carpe eventum though, stuck back in glades by the river. There is talk of introducing more of a living history aspect to the event. I would very much like to see that.

There was a wedding at the event this weekend which was beautiful. And the ball with Time Was was tons of fun. All in all a nice relaxed event that has the potential of becoming one of the better in Texas.

Thursday, April 17, 2008

April 17, 2008

I procrastinate. I decided I better make sure I have a dress that fits before deciding whether or not to dress out this weekend. I haven't been to an event since November and then some were getting snug. And lo and behold, only one dress fits--old faithful, blue "dress for the country". It will have to do. Will the ball gown fit in May?

April 16, 2008

So I've decided to start a blog. I plan to use this space to document the preparation for, my experiences at and thoughts on different reenactment and living history events I attend. Event photos will continue to be found on my main site photo gallery.

Currently I'm getting ready for an event at the Confederate Reunion Grounds in Mexia, Texas. The site is managed by my agency so I am going in an official capacity to help out the new site manager. Don't know if I'll be dressing out or not; working on that the next couple of days.