~ This week's posting is going to be history extremely lite. Nothing thought provoking. No historical revelations. Just fun.
Hope you like it ~
Hallowe'en has been over now for a couple weeks - - - so what am I doing writing about the holiday now?
Well, all of the activities for the big day took place on or shortly after October 31, so I couldn't very well post anything beforehand - unless I am a psychic (I'm not----sorry).
And that's my 'excuse.'
Let's hop a broom stick and fly - - - - - -
Our Hallowe'en night was spent, as it has for the past five years, over on Tilsson Street in beautiful historic Romeo, Michigan. This is where nearly an entire block of homeowners decorate the front yards of their Victorian houses beyond anything I've heard of a neighborhood ever doing. It's not just a few extravagantly carved pumpkins, but amazing displays of 'terror' done in a fun sort of way:
|Yes, this is the front and side of somebody's yard.|
|Something for the kiddies...and for those of us who grew up on this best of all Hallowe'en cartoons.|
|This taught me to never grow pumpkins in a cornfield, for you never know what may come out of it.|
|A pirate ship----right smack-dab in the middle of a front yard! And it's a haunted one at that!!|
|There was no sitting and relaxing on the front porch on this night of the dead.|
|Nightmare Before Christmas. One of my favorite Hallowe'en (or is it Christmas?) movies come to life.|
And this is only but a few of the dozens of houses that do extreme Hallowe'en.
Of course, we dress up to go, but not in costumes...but in period clothing:
|Watch out for Judge Judy!|
|We followed the yellow-leafed road to this house, and look who we found!|
|A family that brews together...|
|Such a soggy night that the coffins popped up through the wet ground.|
|Beetleguise, Beetleguise, Beet----wait! Don't say it a third time!|
|This is my seamstress, who works her body to the bone sewing everyone's period clothing.|
|...this is what I had on: a medieval serf/peasant man's garments.|
Didn't expect to see me wearing this style of clothing now did ya?
A week after Hallowe'en I had a period-dress party...but for this party I didn't want the typical spooky atmosphere; I, instead, asked my guests (reenactors all) to dress in period clothing, though not in a period they normally reenact in, but in a time they've not experienced before.
And they did.
Some came dressed in biblical clothing of a few thousand years ago, while others came in 20th century fashions, and a few wore styles in between; when you have such a wide band of historic fashion, it would be kind of hard to nail it down to just one period for food and games, wouldn't it? So, instead of attempting to be period accurate in all things, we had modern food and snacks: chips, veggies, cakes, fritos, pizza & pop (or "soda" for those of you from New England), played silly games (though we laughed til we cried at some of them!), and generally just had an enjoyable time.
I asked to have a mini-fashion show where each costumed character can speak of their clothing.
Going in chronological order, we'll begin with...
|What we have here is Moses and his wife Zeporah the Shepherdess.|
|The young lad you see here is the same one dressed in WWI earlier in this post. Although he's worn his "minute man" clothing at reenactments, it is a relatively new experience for him, therefore it still can be considered something new and different.|
|Totally skipping the 19th century (for we all are Civil War reenactors), we jump to the 20th century - the early 1920s, to be exact - where we find one who lives in Downton Abby, and she told everyone of the latest gossip there.|
|Next we have my grandmother. Well...not really, but she could have been. My grandmother was a 1920s hipster, though not necessarily a flapper (but her sister, my great aunt, was).|
The era of the 1920s - it was the bees knees. And how!
|Speaking of the 1940s, this young lady dressed in her grandmother's dress from the late '40s. Pretty cool, eh?|
And then we had a few people at the party that did dress period...in a fun way...
|Here we have a cave woman...well, a modern cartoonish impression of a cave woman. Wilma? Betty? A grown up Pebbles?|
No matter - it was all in good fun!
|This is Beckie as the 1985 Marty McFly after he went back to 1955 from the alternate 2015 (in the 2nd movie).|
I've never thrown a party like this before, and it went along pretty good. Thank God for my friends with fun ideas for games: finding and blowing out a candle while blindfolded was one:
click HERE for a short video clip (no, my eyes aren't really that squinty! I was laughing very hard and trying not to make a sound while doing so, for I was the person holding the candle!)~
and another was a writing/sketching game involving the deciphering of sketches into sentences into sketches:
Anyhow, it was a lot of fun to let loose and just enjoy ourselves.
Until next time, see you in time - - - -