In case you are a first time visitor to my blog, four out of five of my children are in a Fife & Drum corps. Because of this, we spend a great deal of our weekends at various events and on occasion, at a big re-enactment. This past weekend was one of our biggest re-enactment weekends of the year. The Annual Fort Massac Encampment in Metropolis, IL. An event we always look forward to.
We got there Friday night to help set up, and were back bright and early Saturday morning for opening colors (after a brief but annoying issue at the hotel – story at the bottom, if you care). We don’t normally stay in a hotel, we usually stay right there in the tents, but this year we decided to try something different and go for the hotel life for 2 nights. It was fun, and I don’t feel like we lost any of the experience except freezing overnight, campfire smell all over everything and damp/dewy stuff. I can live without those if I must. *wink*
Here are pictures on the way to Opening Colors on Saturday morning.
Lewis & Clark Fife & Drum Corps. from St. Charles, MO.
Three of my kids have the flags in the front.
My middle daughter, Melissa plays the fife.
Great Rivers Fife & Drum Corps. from Alton, IL – our fife instructor is the one in the front on the right.
Close Up of Charissa, our fife instructor. She’s amazing! At teaching and as a person! So much fun!
Ahh… the Indians. They are so awesome. Nicest guys ever, but not when they are in character. And yes, several of them barely wear anything. haha
The British Royal Navy – my buddies Jim & Chris. I really I had snapped the photo that should have been right after this one. Chris (on the right), put his fingers up in a peace sign. I totally forgot to get one later. (sorry Chris!)
My super awesome, amazing friend Effie and her beautiful kids Lucien and Amara. (more pics of them coming later!) Her husband is the one on the left above.
Mother Goose – isn’t she simply adorable? I want that outfit!!
Lewis and Clark Fife & Drum corps. after opening colors.
Both Saturday and Sunday, the kids do a full show for the public. I took video but none of them turned out that great and it was hard to hear the music over all the patrons of the events talking.
Since you couldn’t see beautiful Amara in Effie’s arms in the photo way up there, I included this sweet photo of Mother and child.
Don’t even ask. People I’m a foodie. I couldn’t help but notice how beautiful all those green beans looked all frozen and stuff. If you knew how many photos I shot of these green beans and potatoes you’d completely laugh at me. I also have a whole post dedicated to 18th and 19th century food coming up.
I have a lot more photos coming. I took so many it’s going to have to be multiple posts or you all are going to feel completely bombarded.
Hotel Story: So we went down to breakfast at the hotel on Saturday morning dressed in our period clothes. Thankfully at least the hotel personnel knew why we were all dressed that way, but the looks we got were hilarious. We stayed in Paducah, Kentucky which is just on the other side of the river from Metropolis where our event was being held. Not everyone over there in KY is aware of the huge re-enactment happening just across the river (it’s so cool you can see it from across the river!)
So once we were done eating, we had to run back up to the room to get the keys and the other stuff we had to take with us, only guess what? Our key card didn’t work. So my daughter’s boyfriend ran back down to the front desk and got the cards re-carded, and they informed him that I must have placed the cards too close to my cell phone. Uhm. I didn’t but okay. So we try again, guess what? It didn’t work! So housekeeping had to come up with the master key and let us in, because they knew we were in a hurry (thank you so much to that lady, she was soooo nice, she made what could have been an extremely stressful unpleasant situation so much better by just letting us in for 2 seconds to grab keys & accessories). She informed the front desk for us that the keys hadn’t worked either so they would know when we returned.
We got to the event, spent most of the day there and then my oldest daughter and I returned to the hotel missing closing colors because we needed to get the problem taken care of before night staff came on. When we got back to the hotel, they gave us brand new cards and sent us on our way. We got up to the room and neither of the two new cards worked. So I went back down. The lady at the front desk was so nice – she wound up re-keying about 5 or 6 cards and accompanied us up to the room trying every one of them and none of them worked. Turns out those key card doors have to be recharged and apparently ours was DEAD. So she was able to give us the room next door, allowed us to use both rooms while we moved everything and promised to let us back in if any of my four other kids discovered something missing (that we might have missed because of it). While I took some flack from a single parent at the event for being eight minutes late and then later leaving the event to go back to the hotel to fix everything, there was nothing I could do to change what happened. The hotel staff was AMAZING, generous and wonderful and so helpful. What could have been a huge disaster, was nothing more than a slight snafu to a perfect weekend. And now I have the receipt for the hotel room to commemorate the whole humorous occasion (two rooms are listed – I don’t know why that’s funny, but it is).
More photos coming soon.