We received word last week that we have been accepted for the Mississenewa 1812 festival in nearby Marion, IN on October 12-14, 2012. Of course, we had to order different clothes to fit the time period.
This will be different for us because we will be camping at the event, rather than sleeping in our nice warm, comfortable house. Â We will take plenty of sleeping bags and blankets.
Last weekend at the Feast of the Hunters Moon, we quickly ran out of our handouts that describe drying and cleaning gourds. Â As I promised one visitor, I’ve created a new page that outlines the procedures.
Click the “Gourd Drying” option in the menu above, or follow this link:
After a little rain on Friday, the sun came out Saturday morning and dried up the mud, and the temps were in the 60s both days. Plenty of sunshine helped keep everyone warm (and gave both of us sunburns!). Â Only worrisome part of the weather was the strong wind gusts on Saturday. Â As you can imagine, gourds that weigh next to nothing tend to fly all over the place when a gust blows through. Â People walking by were happy to help us collect the strays, and closing up the sides of the tent helped keep things in place.
And there were a lot of people. Â I heard second hand that the estimated number of visitors was the highest in several years, but I can’t find a news story to confirm it. Â However, I can say that the walkways were pretty crowded both days, and we had many visitors watching Kelly’s demonstrations, asking questions, and even buying some gourds.
As usual, we enjoyed the food options. Â Kelly enjoyed the herb roasted pork chop, while I was very happy with my sausage on a stick. Â There is also this great deep fried, cinnamon sugar coated dessert with a French name I can’t spell. Â Good stuff all around.
One thing we didn’t do too much of was take pictures. Â In addition to the few I took (included above), there was one photo in the local paper that included part of our tent.