Saturday, September 27, 2014

Learning New Things on a Day "Off"

We had a rare break in our demo schedule today and ended up at a place far-removed from blacksmithing or photography (as you can see, I didn't even have my primary cameras with me -- just my phone!), or even "living history" as it is usually defined.   While we love what we do, we also thoroughly enjoyed the Greenbelt Rhythm and Drum Festival.  Sometimes, it is wonderful to get immersed into something new and different.  I am surprised that Jeff hasn't said he needs his own drum, yet!  Our younger son has announced his intention to get a new drum -- maybe Jeff plans to borrow it!

The Miyako Taiko Drummers were amazing: 

Katy Gaugan is wonderfully gifted at facilitating drum circles, among her other talents.  We are grateful to her for letting us know about the festival.

And, we totally enjoyed the New Deal Cafe where we learned about zahtars and ate very well!  I need to learn how to make these!  

Finally, I will be continuing the learning trend at a paper marbling class next week.  It's been suggested that I demo this craft alongside Jeff when he blacksmiths.  It definitely fits into the appropriate historical periods, so we'll see!

We are back on our demo schedule next weekend, so please visit us at the Brunswick Railroad Days.  We'd love to see you!

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Our 1812 Demo at Historic Blenheim

We had a lovely time at an 1812 Historic Blenheim this past Saturday.  This historic site hosted a living history encampment and lectures in commemoration of the 200th anniversary of Fairfax citizens’ military role with the Virginia Militias in 1814, including a wreath laying ceremony at n the graves of Captain Rezin Willcoxon, a member of the 60th Virginia Militia cavalry. 

Blenheim is very well-known for its Civil War history -- the amazing "diary" left on the walls by Union soldiers during their occupation of the Fairfax Court House area in 1862-63.  

But, the property also has connections to the War of 1812, and it was a pleasure to help them celebrate those ties.  





Wednesday, September 10, 2014

My Soap is at the AHS Gift Shop

I'm very happy to announce that the American Horticultural Society's Gift Shop at River Farm is now carrying my soap!  At present, they have peppermint/lavender and lemongrass/peppermint bars.   Please visit River Farm, tour the house and grounds, and check out their lovely selection of items in the gift shop.  It's one of our favorite places.

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Our Demo at the War of 1812 Battle of Caulk's Field Re-enactment

On Sunday, we spent a very hot day blacksmithing at the War of 1812 Battle of Caulk's Field Bicentennial Re-enactment.     There was something for everyone at this popular event: the Kent County Marching band (with a dancing crab), lots of great music, a hand-stitched 15-star American flag, the Maryland Light Dragoons, the reenactment of the battle itself (and much more!)...not to mention Jeff forging away!