Camp in the morning, waiting for the townsfolk to arrive.
This weekend, our regiment was asked by the townsfolk of one of central CT's historic towns to come and help them celebrate the 300th anniversary of the founding of their Congregational Church. On Friday night, we were treated to a lovely dinner with the parishioners while we entertained them with some pretty rousing renditions of some of our groups' favorite 18th century traditional, tavern, and sea songs. We also joined them for a dance before saying farewell until the next morning.
For example, this weekend's program featured a drilling demonstration; a discussion with a period military surgeon, complete with all the tools of his trade, coffin included; a full foodways demonstration by our lovely Mistress J, who not only prepared lunch, but also two stunning pies in the Dutch oven, much to the delight and awe of the townsfolk;
J watching over her pie.
R and Ashley demonstrating the game of graces.
The young folks are recruited and drilled.
a clothing display and fashion show hosted by us and Mistress R (sorry, I didn't think to ask anyone to take pictures during the fashion show!);
The clothing table.
a canon-firing demonstration (with the help of another local Rev War group), and a full-fledged Continental vs. Brits skirmish to conclude the day, with the 54th Regiment of Foot (our go-to "Rent-a-Brits"!).
We all had a lovely day and thoroughly enjoyed meeting everyone who stopped by to visit the camp. The kids were especially (and impressively!) enthusiastic about learning, asking questions, eagerly trying out activities, and listening intently as they moved around the site. Many thanks to our host community and congratulations on your 300th anniversary!
As always, additional photos can be found in this event's flickr set.