Many of you have asked if I will be at certain events. I work in a state park, which often means that I work weekends. So it is very hard for me to take off on weekends to begin with, because that is my busy time at the park. I even had to cancel a short event that I was looking forward to tonight at the Collier County Museum, but I have to do the work for the one who signs my pay check, at the park.
So the few times I can actually get to an event, I have to put in for vacation time. There are a few events in Florida I will show up at next month, and that is only because I happen to have those days off. I am not going to make any promises, because my schedule may change yet again.
I don't really find most reenactment events in Florida attractive anymore. For a number of reasons, ranging from poor support from the event hosts, or the poor job that the reenactors are doing. I would rather spend my time and money going to a good event that is nice experience, than attending a poor quality event and cringe at what I am seeing. I am not going to waste the time and money to have a miserable time. From what I have seen on many youtube videos, reenactors are showing up wearing whatever they want, and saying any kind of inaccurate statements, showing they are not doing research. Then the worst case was a guy who showed up at a Civil War event dressed as a Star Wars storm trooper, which was not amusing.
Last month at Dade Battle Reenactment, I heard about a group of Iroquois reenactors from New York who showed up and created havoc. They should have been told to leave. First, their clothing and impression was wrong. And second, much worse, was that they were defying the safety rules and loading from a powder horn. I have done reenacting in New York state at a large 1812 event, and can tell you that is not allowed up there, either.
The way this can be prevented, is to make events pre-register only with no farby walk-on's, juried or invitation only events, or registration that is only done through units/groups only. All those have been attempted at Dade in the past, and strongly resisted by the reenactors. But for some reason, that is how it is done most everywhere else outside of Florida, and it works.
I am doing two War of 1812 events this year. I did Chalmette Battlefield / Battle of New Orleans, a month ago. Next April, I plan to do an 1812 event in Natchez, Mississippi. These events are fun and much more fulfilling, and worth the effort to attend. Most all the reenactors are extremely knowledgeable on the event and time they are portraying. And a lot of new people, like at New Orleans, where they had a well-trained militia unit portraying free men of color and Choctaws. And something you will rarely see down here in Florida, had their volley fire down.
And for the 1812 events, I think that I have made one of my best outfits so far. I am portraying Pushmataha, the Choctaw general (below.)