If you have been a follower of my blog for any length of time, you have heard me say that my children are in a Fife & Drum corps. They are in the Lewis & Clark Fife and Drum corps. to be exact. I have four kids in the corps, and one who tried it but decided she liked the general re-enactment stuff better. Mini Chef carries the American Flag, Jess carries the LCFDC flag (for our corps.,) and Ryan carries our city of St. Charles flag. Melissa is a fifer and can play that thing like there is no tomorrow. What is a fife?
Anyway, because of our participation with the corps. we attend all kinds of historical re-enactments. If you had asked me 10 years ago if I though this would be fun, I’d have thought you were simply crazy. Oddly enough, I love it. Even though I am a total technology nut and don’t have a single bit of technology at my fingertips, sometimes for days on end. (Thank goodness for smart phones that are small enough to hide!)
This weekend is Heritage Days on the Goshen trail, near Alton, Illinois in Godfrey. We went out Friday night, helped set up the corps. campsite and then roasted hot dogs and marshmallows and ate home baked goodness from one of the other moms. So fun!
But yesterday and today are the real events. We usually get there pretty early. Yesterday was around 7:30am because we wanted to be able to eat breakfast with the corps. We live an hour away, so it was quite the early Saturday morning for us.It takes the kids about a half hour to get in full uniform and yes, even I have to wear period clothes – no make up, no modern day anything showing – not even your hair.
I have since upgraded to a better straw sun hat, and yes you can see my hair in it, and I don’t care.
My son Ryan is the one in the back.
And we see everything from civil war soldiers, to barely clothed Indians, Sailors and Common Folk. Cannons are going off in every direction, sometimes we are even in battle.
Friend & Sailors: Jim & Chris
Sometimes you run into long lost friends you thought you would never see again and certainly never at a re-enactment event. Can you tell which of my kids hangs out with me the most? Yep, that’s my 17 yr old, Ryan with an old friend and neighbor – we’ve missed her so its a treasure to find her and know we will be seeing her again soon.
I have a much better post about what a real day is like planned, but for now… I’ll leave you with these awesome photos. 🙂
At any rate, it’s back to the event as soon as I press send on this. I love most everything about these events, especially hearing my children play and seeing them march and being part of re-enacting history – but I always miss sleeping in my own bed and my laptop (and my TV, and my MP3 and my modern kitchen appliances and… so you get the point).
Hope you have a great day and if you’re in the area, come out and see us at Heritage Days today! 🙂