Tuesday, April 28, 2020

Greetings from Inside the Labyrinth (my recent FB livestream!)!












 
Just a quick hello from inside my little labyrinth! This was a livestream I did on my Facebook page, just dropping in to see how you're doing and discussing a little of what I've been up to and how I'm staying busy and inspired during this time. :)
Hope you're well!

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Tuesday, April 21, 2020

Inside the Labyrinth's Homage to Fort Frederick 18th Century Market Fair 2020

The Fort Frederick 18th Century Market Fair is a living history and reenactment event put on by the Friends of Fort Frederick. It takes place every year during the last weekend of April at Fort Frederick State Park in Big Poole, Maryland and is largely attended by reenactors, period appropriate sutlers, and the general public alike.
Unfortunately due to the events surrounding Covid-19, Fort Frederick Market Fair 2020 will not be taking place this year. And many of us are feeling that loss as for many, it marks the beginning of the reenactment event season. Not to mention it draws some really amazing sutlers (vendors)!
I have made some great friends over the last few years attending and it is always an amazing experience. And of course I've done some great shopping there!
This year, I am doing a sort of homage to the event here since we can't be there in person (as I would have been doing some livestreaming and podcast interviews from there anyway!). Instead we can go virtually and in spirit as I give some highlights from previous years. This will feature some highlights from my own yearly pilgramage there, including interviews with some sutlers and reenactors, video snippets, my own recaps of the event, and maybe some more!

In true weekend long market fair fashion, I have divided up the featured posts and videos into 'events' for every day of the weekend. The links will all be active on their respected days. :)

You can also watch my social media pages for content throughout the weekend as well and feel free to follow me there:

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Also, I am not doing this in affiliation with anyone. Just my love of this event. :)

Enjoy this journey back to the 18th century.





THURSDAY EVENTS



-Pre Event Campfire: Tiffany's Introduction






FRIDAY EVENTS



-Going to Fort Frederick Market Fair 2018 (Part 1)
-A Chat with the Drunken Apprentice
-Jewels of the 1700s with Andrea Amey
-Going to Fort Frederick Market Fair 2018 (Part 2)


SATURDAY EVENTS






-Attending Fort Frederick 18th Century Market Fair, 2019
-Fashions Revisited: A Look at 18th Century Fashion (and Food!) with April C. Thomas
-Interview with Jessica Young of Penny River Costumes
-A Talk with a Colonial Printer and Book Binder
-In Conversation with Robert Mouland on Early Music









SUNDAY EVENTS



-The Craft of Horn and Wood Turning
-Fort Frederick 2017 Recap and Merchant Haul
-Inside the Labyrinth's Closing Statements







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Tuesday, April 14, 2020

Fort Ligonier - Ligonier, PA

Well hey there!

I hope you are continuing to stay safe and well during this craziest of times!

Of course, a great portion of this blog is documenting my travels, particularly my travels to history sites and my many adventures in living history, performing historical music and reenacting. Sadly, though, due to the current Covid-19 events surrounding our world, the first 2020 events have either been cancelled or postponed. But that does not mean I am without material!

Now one site that I have ventured to quite frequently is Fort Ligonier. Between participating with my French Unit in Fort Ligonier Days, performing for their Cannon Ball and Twelfth Night Celebration with the music group Wayward Companions, or taking in a lecture, I have enjoyed my time at Fort Ligonier along with being a member of the organization!

Fort Ligonier's history is one written as "the Fort that held the fate of an empire", according to their website. It was constructed after Fort Duquesne fell to the British in November of 1758 and named the finest reconstructed fortification from the French and Indian War.


I love this painting of Queen Charlotte!






Today, Fort Ligonier is a wonderful educational site that aims to inform the public on the role it played in not only the French and Indian War, but in how it made the city of Pittsburgh possible. :)

FORT LIGONIER DAYS

This annual event has been in operation since 1960 is a town wide festival commemorating the October 12, 1758 Battle at Fort Ligonier. It is also the town's largest reenactment with battles and encampments (you can catch my French unit, Compagnie LeBoeuf among those camping and participating in the battles) all stationed at the Fort. There are also demonstrations of occupations that were quite prominent in mid 18th century life.

Before the event. Setting up the encampments!
The beehive bake oven used by our unit's master baker
Me with very much needed coffee which was provided in a VIP room for reenactors

our unit's master baker Ed does his thing
mirror selfie at one of the display areas in the museum
Barbara and Kristin, members of the French army! :)

Local historian and artist Robert Griffing signs copies of his latest book
A display of Robert Griffing's art
Ed bakes bread for the public


a visit with the blacksmith
The French assemble to fight the Brits
The British (aka "the enemy" :P ) 

My girls!
Erica Nuckles (Fort Ligonier Director), Sally Nuckles, Laura Mason Lockard
the pea soup that our unit had for dinner
Around the fire...
one of my favorite items from the gift shop. The Field Marshall John Ligonier coffee mug!


The John Ligonier mug with other cool items I bought from the Fort Ligonier gift shop:
The Colonial Blend Coffee by Oliver Pluff &Co.
A Celtic Music CD (always buying new music for inspiration!)

Fort Ligonier Days is a great event to partake in (as well as attend!) and one of the next times I participate, I intend to be in the midst of the battle scenes as a soldier instead of being at camp as a civilian or camp follower. 
I have been working on my soldier's persona (my first male impression within the living history world) despite this year's events being so up in the air at this point, but I do plan to document some of my research and preparations on creating my French soldier's impression. :)

LECTURES

So now onto some of the other events offered by Fort Ligonier.

One of the lectures I attended there was Dr. Erica Nuckles' lecture titled Martha Before George. It was a very fascinating lecture about Martha Washington's (nee Dandridge) life and her first marriage before she met and married George.

Fun fact: Martha was almost a year older than George, who was her second marriage when she was 27 and he was still 26. Her first marriage was at age 18 to Daniel Park Custis.




Dr. Erica Nuckles gives her lecture to a captivated crowd


ANNUAL TWELFTH NIGHT CELEBRATION

And last but certainly not least, is the Annual Twelfth Night Celebration that takes place on the first Saturday of every January. The first Twelfth Night Celebration at Fort Ligonier took place back in 2018 and was such a hit that they have had it every January since then. Since it's inception, the music group Wayward Companions (in which I am vocalist and percussionist) have provided the musical accompaniment for the dancing and the entertainment during the mingling and hors d'eouvres. It is an event that I and many others - including my bandmates - look forward to every year.

 George Washington and I partying 18th Century style

 Now we're being the proper gentry that we are

 Pre show selfie!

 Now hanging out with Ben Franklin

 From the stage view of the dancing!

Pre show! After the hair came down from the pincurls and before they went up into the 18th century 'do. :D


 And last but not least, my girls in the Fort Ligonier Museum Gift Shop keep me well supplied with Oliver Pluff & Co.'s Colonial Blend Coffee!

As we wait out this next month to see what it will bring, I hope that this post finds everyone well. And WHEN we do come out of this and are able to freely go out and about, Fort Ligonier is one of many places that will be worth checking out and visiting. The staff is extremely knowledgeable and the programming is superb. And Fort Ligonier Days is an experience in itself. 
But until then, stay safe!
xo,
Tiffany






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