Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Feast of the Hunter's Moon

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!


Alecia Wall said...

So wonderful! Thanks for sharing all the wonderful photos! I love all the colors and can feel the chill in the air and smell the fire! :-)

HeatherMavis said...

Oh that sounds like fun! The whole deal. Brenda is one of my favorite bloggers too.
I have my own blog now. It's called "Heatherish" please stop by for a "visit". I warn you, it's a little blah so far, I'm still getting oriented.

Brenda@CoffeeTeaBooks said...

Yeah, we carefully budget for food and only take that amount of cash with us.

I think the apples were $6.00 each? I was able to get two bowls of Noodables and change left over for that.

We loved seeing you guys. My felted flower is sitting on my desk right now. :)

Jane said...

This looks like such a fascinating program! What a huge job if they do it every year!!! So wonderful to help keep our nation's history alive for the next generation/s.
I enjoyed seeing it from your viewpoint after seeing Brenda's post. You have a beautiful family!

Vee said...

Visiting from Brenda's... Have so enjoyed seeing your pictures of this event from your perspective. The tepee and the furs and the couple camping in the tent. Any of you up for that next time out? ☺

Lovella ♥ said...

Oh...what a fun time! Take me to the Feast of the Hunter's Moon! I love it!

Deanna Rabe - Creekside Cottage Blog said...

I am visiting from Brenda's too.

I love events like this - such a great way to experience history!


Anonymous said...

Thanks for the memories. I was involved in putting on the Feast from 1971-1988. I now live in Missouri in Assisted Living, but could almost smell the wood smoke and hear the sounds from the pictures you posted.


Heather L. said...


So lovely that you stopped by to see my photos! You must have had so much fun helping to put the Feast on each year!