Frank Harlow Day, Year Four

Our fourth annual Frank Harlow Day was a rousing success! The sun was shining and we had an abundance of participants. Union soldiers, civilians, sutlers, musicians, Confederates, horses, Boy Scouts, politicians and spectators were all in attendance.


Our set up on Friday was simple and fast. Even a 12X12 tent and fly goes up quickly when you have such cute help.


We had two new additions to our program this year – musicians and confederates. The musicians are part of a local folk music group called Rocky Run. They made such a difference to the event. Not only did they learn period appropriate music but they even made a concerted effort to dress for occasion.



The addition of Confederates allowed for a tiny skirmish to take place and spectators always love a good skirmish! Those Confederates held the Union soldiers off for a good long while but eventually the odds (20-2) caught up with them and they surrendered.


Dinner Saturday night was a wonderful meal of beef stew cooked over the campfire along with a chicken cooked on a spit, biscuits, and homemade pie for dessert. Eating outside always makes everything taste better!


Here’s my favorite picture of the day, taken by Chris, a blogger I met for the first time on Saturday. See that smile on my face? It’s two fold. First, I’m smiling because I’m waltzing with my husband. Second, I’m smiling because the event is winding down. It’s a lot of fun but it’s a lot of work and I’m happy to put it to rest for another year.

P.S. More pictures on flickr, if you’re interested.

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  1. Manise Said,

      April 29, 2008 @ 6:43 am

    Glad the weather held up for you! Love the last photo of you and Dale.:-)

  2. Carol Said,

      April 29, 2008 @ 6:51 am

    I missed so much! Looks a terrific event and what a great looking couple you two are!

  3. Jen in CT Said,

      April 29, 2008 @ 7:09 am

    Adorable picture of you and your sweetie! I might have to look into civil war era recreation–looks like fun. :-)

  4. britt Said,

      April 29, 2008 @ 7:39 am

    man that looks like so much fun. i take my two little boys to watch a civil war skirmish and to go through the tents during civil war days in a town about 30 miles from where i live. we look forward to it every year, but it isn’t until october. i wish i knew of some more fairly close to home. is there a way to find out? any clues?

  5. margene Said,

      April 29, 2008 @ 7:41 am

    It does look like work but also very rewarding. You look great in a hat and Dale is very handsome, too.

  6. sandy Said,

      April 29, 2008 @ 7:56 am

    Thanks for the pictures. I love to see your enactments. The pictire of the two of you is precious. Have a good day. sandy

  7. Julie Said,

      April 29, 2008 @ 8:04 am

    It sounds like a lot of fun, the pictures are gorgeous. I learned a new word too- had to go and look up sutler. :)

  8. Kim Said,

      April 29, 2008 @ 8:11 am

    It sounds like a fun event. :)

  9. deb Said,

      April 29, 2008 @ 8:12 am

    He does make for a very fine lookin solja boy!

  10. Kirsten Said,

      April 29, 2008 @ 8:27 am

    I’m glad the event went so well and that the weather cooperated!
    That last photo is adorable!!

  11. Karen Said,

      April 29, 2008 @ 8:42 am

    What a fun day. I bet it was worth all the work. Glad you got great weather for it too.

  12. Chris H Said,

      April 29, 2008 @ 9:02 am

    It was such a fun day, and Gavin really enjoyed it, too! It was fun to meet you, blogless Sharon, and the rest of the gang!

  13. Hillary Said,

      April 29, 2008 @ 9:14 am

    That looks like a really fun event. Glad the weather held for you.

  14. Ann Said,

      April 29, 2008 @ 9:19 am

    What I like best about these gatherings is that it is something you and hubster love to do together.

  15. Laura Said,

      April 29, 2008 @ 9:20 am

    (I’m 14th Again)

    Carole. I Love This. And you’re so beautiful – so happy there in the picture with Dale. Thanks for the smile first thing this morning! :)

  16. Wool Winder Said,

      April 29, 2008 @ 9:20 am

    The Soldiers’ Aid Society looks like the place to hang out for sewing and spinning. I enjoyed the pictures!

  17. Anne Said,

      April 29, 2008 @ 9:40 am

    You guys know how to partay!

    Were the confederates locals, or did they transplant themselves from south of the Mason-Dixon line to participate?

  18. Carrie Said,

      April 29, 2008 @ 9:44 am

    Y’all are too cute.

  19. Lynne Said,

      April 29, 2008 @ 9:56 am

    You had perfect weather for this event. I love the photo of you and your hubby! It looks like so much fun.

  20. Stacey Said,

      April 29, 2008 @ 10:02 am

    You look so beautiful in that picture.

  21. rebecca Said,

      April 29, 2008 @ 10:03 am

    such a sweet photo of the two of you. looks like a great event!

  22. Cynthia Said,

      April 29, 2008 @ 10:19 am

    I love the photo of you and Dale. I have to say I really admire the effort you put into the day – I suppose they have stuff like that around here but I don’t know if there is that much effort put into; it really looks great (can you imagine actually having to put that much work into everyday living? I guess we have it pretty easy.)!

  23. Cheryl Said,

      April 29, 2008 @ 10:59 am

    You guys look so cute!

  24. Lucia Said,

      April 29, 2008 @ 11:22 am

    Now I’m the one to wish I could be in two places at once.

  25. jessie Said,

      April 29, 2008 @ 11:33 am

    You two are so cute!

  26. Sylvia Said,

      April 29, 2008 @ 1:41 pm

    Wow. You have such a wonderful life. I truly admire the way you and Dale have built your world together.

    Thanks also for the other photos — what fun!

  27. JessaLu Said,

      April 29, 2008 @ 1:44 pm

    I’m glad you had a good day! I’m also happy to hear that the South had some representation. ;o)

  28. Cookie Said,

      April 29, 2008 @ 2:08 pm

    I’m so glad the event went well. Y’all are just adorable.

  29. Robin in VA Said,

      April 29, 2008 @ 3:35 pm

    How wonderful! Great shots, and you didn’t even need to say a word the smile on your faces says it all!!

  30. sue Said,

      April 29, 2008 @ 4:07 pm

    To me it looks as though you and your husband are smiling because he hasn’t been hit by a flagpole (Union nor Confederate). :)
    Yes, it looks like fun but I agree with you it looks like a lot of work too.

  31. Erin Said,

      April 29, 2008 @ 4:21 pm

    I think you’re right when you say food eaten outside just tastes better!

  32. Leslie Said,

      April 29, 2008 @ 5:08 pm

    Looks like fun! And, the weather seems to be wonderful, too. I imagine it’s nice to get back home to the creature comforts!

  33. Sara Said,

      April 29, 2008 @ 6:34 pm

    Great photos – and I am glad you had such a fun time! I would be hangin’ in that great Soldiers Aid Society tent with those gorgeous wheels. Are those your wheel?

  34. Beth Said,

      April 29, 2008 @ 7:30 pm

    I like the Civil War vacuum cleaner. :) And the picture of you and Dale is wonderful! I’m glad you had such a good time.

  35. michelle Said,

      April 29, 2008 @ 11:09 pm

    Ahh! It’s the look of love :) It was awesome weather for such an event.

  36. Li_B Said,

      April 30, 2008 @ 1:21 am

    That is one happy couple picture!

  37. scoutj Said,

      April 30, 2008 @ 9:07 am

    It looks like you had such fun. And that picture of you looking into your man’s face is priceless.

  38. Teyani Said,

      April 30, 2008 @ 10:52 am

    Oh Carole – what a fabulous photo of you and Dale. Such perfect grins on both of you!

  39. Svenska Pojke Said,

      April 30, 2008 @ 7:02 pm

    Carole – It was a lot of fun, thanks to you, Dale, the EBCWRT, reenactors, and the “good folk” of East Bridgewater!

  40. ~Kristie Said,

      April 30, 2008 @ 8:55 pm

    Looks like an amazing day. Thanks for sharing this. After seeing your flickr set, and the photo of the trailer, I now understand why it’s so much work. Obviously it’s work you both love though.

  41. Wanda Said,

      May 1, 2008 @ 12:46 am

    Dale looks great in an uniform, heehee. Reenactments always look so interesting to me. Definitely lots of work too.

  42. Martha Said,

      May 1, 2008 @ 10:38 am

    I can’t believe I missed Frank Harlow Day. And you even had a skirmish! I would have loved to have seen that. I just totally spaced. I think I actually slept most of Saturday afternoon.

  43. Diane Said,

      May 1, 2008 @ 6:54 pm

    Wow! Great photos! Nice Day. Enjoy MD!

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