This past weekend at Pioneer Village proved an interesting experience. With a complete leadership turnover with the hosts of the event and a severe lack of funds (due to reasons those of us on the inside know about), it was quite small.
But it worked out great. On Saturday, the coordinators had only planned an Ice Cream Social, being they did not have the funds to hire a band and dance master for a ball. Fortunately, I am a dance master and Cpl Moore and Sgt Mott of the 1st Tennessee are good musicians. We volunteered our time to put on a barn dance for the event to help them out. Cpl Moore claimed the barn dance listed in his top 10 re-enacting experiences. We've become a shoe-in for putting on next year's barn dance. We hadn't ever done anything like this together before, but it worked out great.
We've also decided that we do BARN dances, not BALLS. I've called balls in the past--I'm even the regular dance master at Hartford City--but after Pioneer Village we've figured out that barn dances are more fun. Much more laid-back ambiance. None of the formal complex dances that only the best-dressed can do. And lots of down-home southern music to dance to. After this, I'm committed to doing barn dances over balls--with the exception of Hartford City, since I've already committed to doing that as a ball.
What's with all the Yankee Day Lilies, anyhow? On Saturday, the Yank's turnout was a little weak, but acceptable for a decent battle. But on Sunday, those blue guys seemed to have waddled off. Sgt Shaw and I had to help them out a bit by putting some blue on. We found some of those Yankee units to be a bit strange, though. One of the companies, which was a combination of something like 5 Yankee units, went pretty farb on us (which--fortunately--Sgt Shaw and I did not fall in with). I almost puked when I heard their sergeant (a woman) call "Count twos", followed by "Ein, swine, ein, swine". What was with that, anyhow?
Well, I guess it can't be helped--it was a good weekend, anyhow. Fortunately, the 76th Ohio was there--and they're pretty good. We're a bit envious of their bugler--Sgt Shaw and I have been trying to recruit him for the 1st Tennessee for awhile now.