Our weekend plans changed and circumstances aligned so that we were able to go to the Feast of the Hunter's Moon this past Saturday!
My friend Brenda blogs every year about the Feast of the Hunter's Moon and so I've been wanting to go for some time.
The Feast is a large gathering of re-enactors and vendors, focusing on the period of history when the French and British were here in the Midwest trading and trapping.
Our favorite part was the Landing of the Voyageurs and the history that was told as this was happening.
It certainly helped to bring history alive watching the re-enactors in boats like this!
Then we walked around all the vendors and "shops" and displays.
I liked this little coffee display....
And the kids loved all the coonskin caps, toy guns and bows and arrows.
We watched a side show where the man ate fire and stuck 25 broomsticks into a box with a lady inside.
It is always fascinating to watch people doing traditional crafts such as broommaking.
There was a booth for apple head dolls!
And the Lafayette Lacers were demonstrating. I'm always pleased to see this dying art being practiced!
And the spinners:
There was also a beehive oven for authentic baking!
This lady was frying bacon and onions for an egg dish she was making. Many of the participants just come to camp out and visit with like-minded friends.
This was my favorite scene. This couple had been camping out in this tent for 3 days! They had come down from Canada and have been doing this kind of thing for years and years. It is their hobby! I loved the kettle on the fire and the lady drinking tea.
The highlight of the Feast for me was finally meeting my blog mom and mentor, Brenda!!!! Yay!!!! We have known each other for five years, but only via blogs and email. It was so nice to meet in person and funny how it seemed as if we had always known each other.
Actually, I got to meet the rest of Brenda's family as well since her husband was with her and Christopher and his wife kindly materialized at just the right moment!!! Brenda's blog was one of the first I found when I started blogging. Her writings always bless and encourage me and we share many of the same interests and tastes.
We got home from the Feast early enough to rest a bit and tackle a large pile of ironing. And then I couldn't help but make some apple dumplings since we saw them at the Feast but didn't buy any of our own. Yum!!!
And now fall has really begun!