These past couple of weeks and weekends have been quite the whirlwind between events at the museum, music gigs, speaking engagements, fitness training, and a few other projects and events that I'm getting underway. I also have 2 lectures in the month of October (A History of Chocolate and Early Folklore and Its Origins), and an 18th century bonfire stories night, on top of regular museum events and rehearsing for music gigs. So I'm not exactly resting on my laurels! :D
With all that said, though, I am presenting you with another blogpost on my summer travels (combined with a few gigs!). In the last few weeks, I was absolutely thrilled to have April C. Thomas of Fashions Revisited on for an interview and Eliza Vincz (Silk & Sass 1776) back for a blog swap. I am having on a few more cool folks on here in the coming weeks, including ones that are a dream opportunity to interview!
As we have now entered the month of October, I will be discussing some of my Gettysburg experiences from back in August, starting with a review of the very haunted Farnsworth House. But first, without further ado, I am doing a little recap of Fort Henry Days, an even that takes place in Wheeling, WV every year on Labor Day weekend. This was a camp out, as well as a music gig at which Wayward Companions and I performed our early music with a celtic folk flair. :D
Of course, packing for these things is always an event in itself as you very often pack a combination of modern and 18th century (or whatever time period you're doing) items! And I keep adding to my period correct personal care products thanks to the likes of LBCC Historical. :)
When morning broke upon Fort Henry, we all got some much needed coffee from the concession stands. I cannot sing the praises of coffee nearly enough. Seriously.
Once I was dressed in my period attire and the event was open for the Saturday, I made sure to catch my friend Kara Gordon's presentation on the clothing and other items owned by a real life frontier woman of the 18th century. She also did it in first person as a relative of the woman, which was definitely a cool touch.
Kara is quite knowledgeable and has done a couple period clothing presentations with me and other members of the Pittsburgh Historical Costume Society. She is also a very talented seamstress and has a side business, The Rose in the Heather.
Next to my group's camp was another sutler I purchased from. Cocked Hat Publishing is owned and operated by historical fiction author, Geoff Baggett. He and his wife are great to talk with and it was a pleasure meeting them. While I haven't had a chance to read any of his books yet, I do plan to put some of the titles on my 'to read' list as they look quite fascinating.
Among the items that Geoff had, this roll up journal and case caught my attention and ended up being among my Fort Henry purchases. I love it!