October 18, 2011

Gone With the Wind: Cedar Creek Reenactment 2011

Whew! Was this a tiring event. While it was not as cold as previous years, it was windy! So windy that tent poles were flying and hats were impossible. Our tent collapsed, and we had to pile stuff on it to keep us from sailing away to Yankee camp.

I had so much schoolwork to do that I really should not have gone but felt that I really needed to take a break and was looking forward to seeing reenacting friends that I don't normally get to see. Unfortunately, I didn't see any of them! We were camped in a spot that we had never been camped in before and it seems we were all scattered when we are normally pretty close together. I also spent quite a bit of time writing a paper, that I will post about in a few weeks. :D I didn't get to see the battles but I saw a little bit in passing.

So I didn't host the annual Cedar Creek Tea Party/Get Together that I normally try to. I had no time to bake or plan and just had to accept it. In the future I would love to collaborate and make the tea a bit more of an official event. That way I can share planning and people can bring dainties they like. The Cedar Creek Tea party was started to give ladies something to do while the men are off drilling and to foster relationships with other groups. It's unfortunate that as groups we tend to stick to ourselves and not plan time to hang out with other groups. 

The stars on the battlefield are always really beautiful. The stars are so dense and numerous. You can practically see twice the amount of stars at night than you can see here. It is a late event too so the skies tend to be clear and bright. The event was sandwiched between two meteor showers so we could see a few meteors here and there.

 We finally had our tintype taken! I can't wait to see how it turns out. When we get them in the mail, I will post them. The photographer was about to take the photo, when a group of cavalry ran through right behind us. We were lucky, he didn't remove the cap yet.

Overall, we did have fun and I'm glad that I went.


  1. *sigh* Ceder Creek, oh how I miss that event!
    Your pictures are fantastic! Very lovely and I can just feel the wind whipping through my petticoats! :-) There is a small event coming up that I would like to invite you to come to...what is the best way to get in touch with you (to send details)? :)

  2. Thanks Elisabeth, That would be by e-mail at ThesailorswifeSA (at) aim.com.

  3. That looks like so much fun! It killed me that I couldn't go, even though I'm only half an hour from Cedar Creek! :( it looked like another great year at Cedar Creek!

  4. It was a lot of fun. It wasn't nearly as cold as it was other years. Could you not come because of school?

  5. Thanks Stephanie! Look for something from me in the next day or two! :-)


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