Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Greenfield Village Muster 2012

Occasionally you have a situation where you have really high hopes for an event, but when all's said and done it just didn't quite live up to the magic of your imagination.

This was NOT one of those events!

1st Regiment Volunteers, Muster 2012

I honestly can't think of anything negative to say about this past weekend at Greenfield Village.  The weather was perfect, the visitors were interested and enthusiastic, the event was wonderfully organized, the special presentations were outstanding...I could gush for hours.
Like a true butter churner.
One thing that's really great about the format of this event is that a militia muster would have been more than just a military gathering.  In this context, it's a community event and because of the Henry Ford's gracious involvement, we even had buildings we could use!

Having a chat in the parlor
While the more military types mustered, the civilians had a grand weekend catching up with old friends, demonstrating various historical arts, and just generally having a great time with the public and with each other.

Ericka teaches the secrets of fine needlework.
Sometimes, you go to an event and by the end of the weekend you're tired and ready to go home.  This past weekend, I can honestly say I never wanted it to end!  Thank you to The Henry Ford/Greenfield Village and the First Regiment for making it a wonderful time.  I can't wait for next year!

(For more pictures, feel free to visit my Flickr set!)

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Greenfield Village 1812 THIS WEEKEND!

I know.  It snuck up on me, too.  But if you're even remotely interested in seeing an 1812 reenactment, this is the one you do NOT want to miss!  Greenfield Village & The Henry Ford are pulling out all the stops for this weekend, and it's going to be unbelievable.

Militia Muster 2011
Last year was our maiden voyage with this event, so to speak, and it was a great success.  This year we have the full force of America's greatest history attraction behind us, and I can't even tell you how excited I am.

In addition to the great stuff from last year--the First Regiment turning out en force, live music by Fiddlesix, military and civilian demos, and the fashion show--the site is also pulling from their extensive collections to put together a display of c. 1812 artifacts and extant garments, and there will be a number of special presentations to round out the program.  You can find more information here; be sure to download the program so you don't miss anything!

Anyway, enough talk.  I can't possibly describe how awesome this event is going to be and the weather is supposed to be great, so clearly you should come out and visit us!

Hope to see you there!