Monday, October 26, 2015
On Sunday, October 18th, the Frontier Guard put on a demonstration for Walpack Day at the Van Campen Inn. It was brutally cold for mid-October, with temperatures in the 30s and 40s; we even had some snow flurries! Nonetheless, we had a great time. The visitors were enthusiastic; the music provided by the senior corps of the Colonial Musketeers was lively and appropriate to the time period; our fellow demonstrators were knowledgeable and interesting; and it was great to be back at a site guarded by the Frontier Guard in the period of 1756-1761.
The Van Campen Inn itself is a wonderful old building whose floors and rooms evoke a sense of history.
The junior members were busy all day, despite the cold, and they entertained visitors and themselves, demonstrating children's games and toys, as well as grinding corn and pressing apple cider...
Despite the cold, it was another successful event, and one we'll be looking forward to next year!
Friday, October 16, 2015
Last weekend the Frontier Guard took part in the annual Harvest Festival at Quiet Valley Living Historical Farm. This is a great event each year, with large crowds, and this year was no exception.
The weather was nearly perfect, cool, with bright sunshine.
As part of the festival, the ladies of the farm demonstrated traditional wool dying. The Guard supplied Osage Orange, which produced some of the yellow and orange colors, using various mordants.
There were also musicians and plenty of traditional foods.
Friday, October 2, 2015
Last weekend, the Frontier Guard set up an exhibit at the Trailsidee Museum in Mountainside. The weather cooperated beautifully, and as usual, the event was packed. Thousands of visitors stopped by, and members talked to both old and new friends alike.