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.

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

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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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Comments

  1. britt says

    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?

  2. sandy says

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

  3. says

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

  4. says

    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!

  5. says

    (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! :)

  6. says

    You guys know how to partay!

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

  7. says

    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.)!

  8. says

    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!

  9. sue says

    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.

  10. says

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

  11. says

    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?

  12. says

    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.

  13. Svenska Pojke says

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

  14. says

    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.

  15. says

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

  16. says

    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.