Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Culloden May 21-22 2011

First event of the season,  we were off to celebrate Culloden. The 27th Inniskilling played government troops at this event and we were badly outnumbered by the Scots. We were in the upper field at Fort Plain, NY above the museum.  Along one side of the field were dozens of scot groups, most who took a first-person approach to the events over the weekend, which is different from our third-person approach to reenacting. The British camp was far back in a corner, a slight hike to just about everything. 

MizRebecky & Lord Brigader PennyPacker

We had nine Brits encamped; two of which were soldiers. Luckily for us Lord Brigadier Pennypacker came to our aid and added to the ‘army’ by a third. Our battles turned into the type of squirmishes that lead up toCulloden, even after a few Scots transformed themselves into Government troops to help us out. Hopefully we’ll have a few more redcoats next time.

 We had a fair bit of Tourists come visit the site; many even hiked over to the British camp to chat with us. The Scots entertained us with a maypole dance and Highland Games. Their ladies invited ours to tea with the Prince. A “market fair” was held as well, which was excellently attended by both sides.

All of us Brits took a walk down to the museum together and thoroughly enjoyed the exhibits there along with very friendly staff to entertain us. Some plans were made for the next Culloden there, which should happen in 2013. Although we had a small turnout, it was an enjoyable event for all.

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