This morning we got up and headed out to Fort Roberdeau. Never hear of it? Its ok! Its a great gem of a place, and while it is in a big town (Altoona) it is off the beaten path. Jay and I go out usually in October for their Market Faire event, but sadly that got canceled this year. We decided that we would attend the Rev War Days in its place.
We set up in our same little area as always, and were near our good friends of Frontier Living History. Tad ran the Children's Games and Melanie did her Flax to Linen demonstration. We had steady visitation all day! Up to on the top of the hill was the British camp and next to the fort was the American Camp. I got some nice pictures but truth be told, Jay got some better ones. UPDATE: I got the computer, my phone and the website to cooperate and the photos are below! HUGE thank you to Jay for offering the helping tip to make it all work!
So I spent the day talking it up with visitors and weaving tape. I had a great day, even when the wind picked up while I was warping up my tape loom (literally the only time it got gusty all day!) Jay was busy making spoons. He made a Black Walnut spoon, and a maple spoon and as soon as they were done they were in the hands of visitors. Both will be staying in PA - wishing the owners happiness and joy!
We also had a visit from Lynn of the Conrad Weiser Homestead, he came to pick up 2 more spoons - Jay sent him back with a Sweet Gum (look out Cherry you have competition!) and another Red Oak stirring spoon.
Anyways, I guess this bog post is the longest possible way of saying if you are sad that you didn't see this event, or have nothing to do tomorrow you are cordially invited to come out and play with us! We will be at the event from 10 to 5! Directions can be found anywhere but from me.
Have a Great Evening!
Leigh Ann and Jay
So Jay and I moved into the big stone house in 2013. That is almost 4 years ago now! There are STILL boxes that we have not opened or unpacked from our move. We worked hard to pack everything and make sure that it got from the old apartment to the new house with out breaking and yet we never unpacked it! (Do most people have this problem?) Anyways, we decided, after 4 years, that it was time to start de-cluttering the big stone house!
We are now working on re-purposing our guest room into a history room/craft room. I am so excited that we will finally have space to do crafts (not on the floor in the living room or the table in the dinning room!) We will also have space to store all our gear between events... because you know the garage sometimes makes too much sense. I have been walking around all the trunks/baskets and clothes for 2 weeks now because, again, we had no real home for any of it.
Speaking of events, we have one next weekend! The event will be at Fort Frederick and it will be one of the many Garrison Weekends they host. Jay and I will be under the nice new fly. He will be making spoons and selling any that we have finished. I will be weaving - find your tape needs now as I will have a wide variety available.
The fort is a HUGE stone fort, located in a very beautiful part of Maryland. The fort was build to help protect the settlers in the area from potential Native Raids. It did what it was designed to do,then it was used in the revolutionary war and in the War of American Independence...and now it's a historic park. Here is a map for you to find your way... I don't give directions - I want you to get to the event!
Today was a day of great fun! Jay and Leigh Ann, among many other reenactors and living historians engaged the public. We are already looking forward to next year! Highlights of the day, a young reenactor learning how to make spoons and the sun in the morning! While it rained for part of the event, everyone had a good time.
Our next event will be on May 20, 2017 at the US Army Heritage and Education Center in Carlisle, PA. Stop by and say hi!