Wednesday, August 21, 2013

2013 Revolutionary War Weekend at Fort #4 August 24-25

This weekend is the big event in Charlestown, NH. Come see us at the Fort at number 4.

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

You Might be a Reenactor if...

I've been a 18th century reenactor for some time now, i believe its 13 years now. Its not something I ever thought i would get involved with, but I'm glad I am. Reenactors are a special breed of folks. They come from all walks of life, and everyone has their own reasons for being involved in the hobby. How can you tell if someone is a reenactor? there are lots of signs thats for sure. Below I've listed ways to tell if someone is a reenactor - these aren't all mine; I've borrowed heavily from others. I probably forgot a few also; feel free to add more in the comments section.

You might be a reenactor if...

Traveling 150+ miles to sleep out in the rain is your idea of a fun weekend.
You've ever spent over 200 dollars for clothes that went out of style 230 years ago
You wear wool when its over 90 degrees out - repeatedly.
You flinch when someone calls your 18th century clothes a "costume".
Your best tent is white canvas without a floor
You go vehicle shopping with a musket and a eight foot ridge pole.
People all over the country have your picture in their vacation photos.
You base career decisions by the impact on your weekend availabilty.
You can spot 100% linen at 50 feet
After a wet weekend, your back yard looks like a refugee camp.
You've ever been confused for a dead guy.
You've been filmed in a movie.. or three
Your child can sleep through cannon fire
You've ever been mistaken for an Amish person.
You've spent $1000 for a gun that needs a sharp rock in it to work
All your male friends hand.
Your children correct their history teachers.
Your $20,000 car sits out in the weather, so your $200 tent can stay in the garage.
Woodsmoke, gunpowder and bacon are three of your favorite odors.
Your mailman is confused (what the heck rank are you in the Reserves anyway?)
You have a better collection of History books than the local library.
Your Christmas/birthday wish-list reads like a quartermaster's supply list.
Your friends refuse to attend any historic movie dramas with you.
You grow your hair long so you can get rid of your wig.
You spend more on your reenacting shoes than all your other shoes combined.
In three days you eat out of the same bowl six times, but only rinse it out twice.
You can't sing without a mug of something in your hand.
You have strange tan lines.
You need to open a beer bottle and look for a bayonet
You plan your wedding around the summer schedule of events.
90% of your friends have long hair.
The best Christmas present you ever got was a cannon.
You already own all the books at the historical site gift shop.
You almost failed  history, but now know the battles as well as when they happened and why.
You know how many days it is until the next event.

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Upcoming meeting for 27th Inniskilling

Saturday, March 30, 2013 we'll be gathering at the clubhouse at 1 PM to discuss possible events for the 2013 season. Please bring the usual and consider the following options:

March 24 Battle at the Farm in Ft Edward

 June 8 & 9 Fort No. 4

**June 15 & 16 Saratoga Springs NY 

July 20 & 21 Ogdensburg  

***August 10 & 11 Crown Point 

August 17 & 18 Fort William Henry 

August 24 Possible Parade in Pottersville 

September 22 & 22 Rogers Island 

October 25 Glens Falls 

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Schedule for 2012

May 19th, Crown Point, NY. - Celebration of the opening of the Crown Point Bridge

June 2-3, The Fort at Number 4, Charlestown, NH. - French & Indian War

June 16-17, Bolton Landing, NY. - French and Indian War

June 30th, Fort Ontario, Oswego, NY. - French and Indian War

July 7-8, Hubbardton, VT. - Revolutionary War

July 21-22, Fort de la Presentation, Ogdensburg, NY. - French and Indian War

August 4-5, Oriskany, NY. - Revolutionary War

August 11-12, Crown Point, NY. -French and Indian War

August 18-19, Hillsborough, NH. - Revolutionary War

September 8-9, Plattsburgh, NY. - War of 1812

September 22-23, Rogers Island, Fort Edward, NY. - French and Indian War

October 6-7, Stop 6, Saratoga Battlefield Park, Saratoga, NY. - Revolutionary War

Sunday, December 18, 2011

Do you sleep in the tents?

 "Do you sleep in the tents?" This is one of those questions reenactors are asked quite often. This answer differs based on who answers, but I figure folks just want to know more about how reenacting works. Here are some of our answers.

Am I sleeping in a tent tonight? Yes I am. I spent a fair bit of money to buy a period appropriate tent.  I hauled it here in a vehicle that was bought only after knowing it would haul the tent poles.  With some help from other reenactors we put the tent up where the quartermaster indicated it should go. I put all my belongings into it, set up my sleeping area inside, and I will indeed be sleeping in it for the weekend.

Are most the tents occupied at night? Yes, most the tents have one or two people sleeping in them at night. Does every reenactor sleep in a tent at night? No, some reenactors are within 45 minutes of home and go home at night. Some reenactors prefer to sleep at the local hotel. Are we required to sleep in the tents? No we are not required. We're volunteers, and very few places we go have rules that are that strict. Do the tents belong to the site? The tents are private property, same as almost everything else you see. It all belongs to the reenactors participating for the weeknd.

Did the soldiers sleep the same as we did in the tents? Well in the 18th century, the British Army assigned 6 men per tent. 2 would be on duty and 4 off at any given time. They slept crosswise, not the long way as we do today.  The doors were staked shut so the guy sleeping across the front would be responsible for opening and closing the tent. There were two or three blankets for each tent and the only bed would be either some straw or pine boughs. The soldiers had much less space than the reenactors do. Soldiers also carried less stuff than your average reenactor too. However I can tell you there isn't all that much space for two people in a 6 X 6.5 foot regulation tent. I would hate to have to try to sleep in one with 3 other people.

Why do I sleep in a tent instead of in a hotel? Well, for one thing its less expensive. Depending on how many weekends you reenact, hotel expenses could quickly add up over one season. Staying overnight in the tents gives you a bigger appreciation of what it was like in the 18th century. After the evening meal there is socialing by candle-light. Sometimes a soiree or dance or tavern is happening in camp. The sounds of the camp waking in the morning add to the whole experience as well.  After all, we fall asleep to the sounds of period songs being sung, and woken by either a cannon (morning gun) or the drummers and fifers playing throughout the camp. You just don't experience that sleeping in a hotel down the road.