Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Mt Vernon Craft Faire

I have always enjoyed the Mt. Vernon Craft Faire. But, certainly not for the weather. We can usually expect rain on Friday night while we are setting up, hot temperatures on Saturday and Sunday, and possibly a thunderstorm on Sunday afternoon (usually while we are trying to tear down).

This weekend the weather was just a little different. It barely sprinkled on Friday night but was horrendously hot on Saturday and Sunday with no rain either day to lower the temperatures.

Saturday was in the low 90's and Sunday was expected to get to 97 degrees but only reached 94. With humidity at 60%, those temperatures made for a very uncomfortable faire. I just couldn't drink enough water and eventually had to "run for cover" Sunday afternoon in order to keep myself from over-heating. It is always disappointing when your body is not as strong as you want it to be.

The Laundress at work in the temporary shade.
Trying to start a fire with flint and steel with many opinionated experts and onlookers.

The vendors at Mt Vernon are always exceptional. This year there were many more singers floating through the crowd. I loved that. And a tame rooster that caught many people's attention.

We didn't get a photo of it but they had two of the oxen hooked up to a yoke on Saturday afternoon and had them walking through the crowd. These oxen were so layed back and nothing seemed to phase them, not even the musket firing demonstration on the green.

All in all, a good weekend. Gail, thanks for the lovely photos. Good job 1st Virginia Regiment!

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