"I cannot even imagine where I would be today were it not for that handful of friends who have given me a heart full of joy. Let's face it, friends make life a lot more fun." ~ Charles R. Swindollsummer blogging goals; but regardless of the frequency of updates, or lack thereof, it is of the utmost personal importance to find pleasure in the work before and company that surrounds me. With that said, allow me to present a small slice of my summer - oh the joys of living, working and general shenanigans!
|Fun with shadows!|
(Photograph by Judy J.)
July - In three words? Hot. Busy. Laughs!
|Strolling through the Livingston Gardens, |
my favorite of the historic gardens in the village.
|Tea party in the Livingston Garden House|
|Judy in the Livingston Gardens.|
That afternoon, my good friend and neighbor at the MacKay Homestead every Wednesday, Hannah, graciously played photographer and treated me to a yummy dinner and dancing:
|The always graceful Hannah.|
Judy and I had been wanting to have pictures taken together in our green dresses!
|From smiling interpreters...|
|...to serious Victorians.|
For Civil War Weekend this year, I had the chance to stay with Katie at Hetchler, the pioneer cabin. It was really neat! Both days, a small group of us civilians played refugees, fleeing across the village green before the battle. Katie carried a live Rooster, named Buddy, which was a big hit! The only pictures I took, however, were of hair styling before the ball:
|(Photograph by Ava S.)|
Though it doesn't just have to be a special event to have fun...as the day-to-day interpretation has its perks! For instance, here at Hosmer's Inn, where I play Mrs. Hosmer, hostess and innkeeper of the popular stagecoach stop, the actual village twins stopped in for tea and lively conversation:
|(Photograph via Facebook)|
This also may have happened...
|No tea cup? That's alright, I'll just drink from the spout! |
(Photograph by Richard D.)
Last but not least, I taught my very first historical fashions class! Seven bright, young students, seven decades of fashion and five days - summer camp Fashion Fun was a success! (Eventually there will be a separate blog post or two about this...)
|Silks! Silks! Oh delightful, yummy silks!|
August - Another hot month...with just as many memories!
August means Laura Ingalls Wilder weekend, which is probably the best attended event of the season. On Saturday I had the chance to assist our master dyer, Dawn, at the dye pots again! It is always such a pleasure to work with Dawn. No matter how many times I get to experience the 19th century dye process, each and every time I'm just in awe of all of the brilliant colors! Out of all of the domestic arts we present at the village, besides sewing, this is my favorite:
|A sampling of our naturally-dyed merino wool skeins.|
Eeeee just look at that rainbow of colors!
|Close up shot of the purple section dyed with either |
cochineal over a chrome mordant (left) or logwood (middle and right).
Our set up for the day:
|Cochineal dye (left) & a chrome mordant (right) over the fire.|
Almost every visitor thought we were cooking spaghetti and sauce,
I don't see why haha ;)
|An indigo cake! |
As an imported dye, these would have been available in a general store.
Company in the confectionery! Another ordinary day turned extraordinary by a visit from one of my good friends and globetrotter from Pittsburgh. It's always a pleasure to share a building with another interpreter, especially one as skilled as Kaela at connecting with visitors:
|Kaela, the pretty confectioner.|
And finally, something new this season, I got to mix it up by assisting in the interpretation office a bit! It was an honor to be trusted with more responsibilities - driving golf carts, fire prevention inventories, answering phone calls, petting kittens...all in a days work!
All in all, it was quite the summer! Thank you for stopping by!