The anticipation is high and the excitement builds.
You can't wait for the day to come.
When it finally gets here, it's such a whirlwind that - bam! - it's over before you know it.
No, I'm not talking about Christmas here; I'm speaking of the three day Civil War Remembrance at Greenfield Village that takes place over Memorial Day Weekend.
This really is perhaps the most anticipated event on our calendar.
And this year was not a let down.
The weather, for two of the three days was probably the best weather anyone could ask for: sunny with highs in the upper 60's. The third day, however, we had a down pouring of rain for the afternoon and tear down, though up until around 1:00 it wasn't too bad.
Anyhow, I have a chock full of photographs here for you to enjoy, most taken by yours truly but a few taken by others.
|Though my tent and fly are pretty basic, some of our members go way beyond what many others do.|
|A friend of mine made me a pretty authentic checkerboard from an old oak teacher's desk that was being tossed out. Here you see two of our 21st Michigan members playing a rousing game!|
|Period music was supplied from Mrs. Jones and Miss Cary. Mrs. Cary added her beautiful vocals.|
|Mrs. Paladino hired on a domestic servant. Margaret is still learning the ropes but began her new occupation on the right foot and, I believe, will be a wonderful help to her employer.|
|This wonderful family joins us from Ohio. We have multiple members who are from the Buckeye State and we welcome them with open arms.|
|These lovely ladies are not with the 21st Michigan, but are very good friends of many in our group. My wife & I consider them among our best friends.|
|Our newest member just happens to be a period photographer, and he does a great job in his craft.|
|During the course of our three day stay at Greenfield Village we always make sure to dine at least one time at the 1832 Eagle Tavern.|
|By "we" I mean nearly two dozen of us! What a patriotic picture, eh?|
|More of our friends from Ohio joined us here.|
|Here is my family, including my new daughter-in-law! She is not a reenactor but allowed herself to be dressed in period clothing as a favor to me for this occasion. Thanks Samm!|
|A close-up of my family: this is how those in the future will see us!|
|As you can see, we all took up a section inside this wonderful old building.|
|The Dressmaker's Shop, run by Kim and Jim Lynch, is the place to go to get accurate period needs when one wants to dress authentically.|
|Speaking of dressing authentically, a period fashion show, hosted by Beth Turza, was held. Beth certainly knows her stuff when it comes to period-correct clothing!|
|And the fashion shows always draw large crowds. It's one of the most popular of the extra attractions during this weekend.|
|And Beth always explains in great detail the whys and wherefores of period clothing|
|It's not often that Beth includes mourning fashion in her shows. But on this day she did. But I wonder...who is it behind the veil...?|
|Why...it's Kristen! Kristem has a blog as well called The Victorian Needle. She is also another proud 21st Michigan member.|
|The St. John's were in line for the fashion show. This mother of a recent high school graduate has been reenacting since she was around 4 years old!|
|Yes, I was in the fashion show as well. And so was my good friend Sheri. Sheri is part of the wonderful civilian contingency of the 24th Michigan.|
|Larissa went on the stage with her son to show a toddler's dress. many in the audience did not know that boys wore dresses until they were "breached" at 4 or 5 years old.|
|Another group of lovely young ladies took part in the fashion show. I've known these women for a bit but don't know which unit they are in. They do a fine job, however, don't they?|
|Here are some of the military men of the 21st, relaxing "just before the battle."|
|Ryan drives the horses as the men prepare for battle|
|The Union army in formation.|
|A fine looking group of men.|
|To be fair, I would like to show a couple of Confederate photos. The men portraying the southern boys do a great job and most get pretty heavy into the character of a rebel soldier.|
|Three fine rebel gentlemen|
|The good folks at Greenfield Village always throw the reenactors a fine ball.|
|And everyone wears their finest ball dresses and suits|
|Everyone had a - - wait for it - - BALL!|
|Lovett Hall is beautiful and was built specifically for ball dancing.|
|The horses were corralled near the 1870's Sarah Jordan Boarding House.|
|Waiting for the Memorial Day service|
|We civilians also marched and took part in the memorial service.|
|Mrs. Paladino, on the left, also took part, as she has done for the last few years. Actually, there are at least a dozen or more women who pay this special tribute.|
|Kristen misses her beau so much. He was killed at Chancellorsville just a few weeks before. But she knows he is with her...|
|Finally, here is my wife and I. I am so thankful to have a family that enjoys this time-travel hobby nearly as much as I do. I am truly blessed.|
And to be surrounded by all of the historical structures only adds to the whole feel.
Yep - I'm already thinking about next year...and I still have planty of reenactments yet ahead for this year!