I can't really even begin to describe how beautiful and idyllic the village was. I fell in love with it last year, and this year was even better. There were a lot more people in period dress, and nearly everyone I saw was in good period dress, which is something I really appreciate. More than once I looked out the window of the building where I was stationed and saw a picture-perfect gentleman out for a stroll with his lady, or a mother and child carrying parcels or water back to their home. It was like being part of a living painting.
|Julie styles a dancer's hair early in the day.|
|Ava & Julie relaxing after a long day of hair styling|
|The turkey needed a little help thawing|
|New flag dedicated as the ladies of the regiment look on|
Since Julie and I both traveled light for this weekend, we took the opportunity after closing time on Sunday to take a few pictures around the village. We didn't see even close to all of it, but we'd been so busy that we all had to rotate shifts for lunch and bathroom breaks, so it still felt like we had a full weekend even though we didn't get out of our assigned building much. Next year we might stay an extra day and pay admission so we can wander the museum & village at our leisure, though!
|Predictably, I found the closest four-footed being and tried to make friends.|
|I did succeed in befriending the baby oxen, but only by dint of bribery.|
|Julie taking a turn in the gardens, no oxen in sight.|
|More civilized strolling|
|Old dress, new accessories|
I was very content with my decision to not finish the new dress for this weekend. Pretty much as soon as I had posted about it here, and made it known I wasn't going to finish, I felt so relieved. I slept like a baby the night before the trip, I didn't feel pressured to ask Julie to drive so I could sew (actually I drove quite a bit and she read to me, which was wonderful), and I just generally felt a lot better about life without the looming deadline. Even though I work well under pressure, it was nice to have a backup plan.
To dress up "this old thing," I paired it with a printed neckerchief from Anokhi USA. They're not a historical retailer and not all of their designs are appropriate for my purposes, but they had a good selection that were appropriate, online ordering, and fast shipping. I received the scarves only a few days after I ordered them! The Silly Sisters also carries printed kerchiefs, as does Burnley and Trowbridge.
The bonnet is also new, and courtesy of my loving mother. I had the silk in my stash with a bonnet in mind, but I'm terrible with millinery and was still working on a deadline, so she jumped in and tried her hand at bonnet-making. It turned out beautifully and was pretty much exactly what I had in mind. Thanks, mom! Maybe you can come with us next year. (Hint...hint...)
|They were just really cute, okay?|
So in conclusion, if you haven't been to Genesee Country Village & Museum, you should go. And if you're at all interested in 1812 events, you should plan to come visit us there next year!