First off, I want to say a big “thank you!” to all my readers out there for being patient while I’ve been absent from here and dealing with some icky personal things. I finally feel like I’m getting back to some semblance of normalcy, even if it is a new normal.
So, today is Valentine’s Day, and instead of a post about how I’m spending Single’s Awareness Day this year (which, for those curious, will probably involve copious amounts of ice cream eating with my good friends Ben & Jerry accompanied by watching Glee and then New Girl), I thought I would post about this past weekend’s reenactment, the 1859 Valentine’s Day Tea!
So, every February at Fort Steilacoom we have a tea fundraiser, and this year, the organizers decided to go with a Valentine’s Day theme, since the day of the tea and the holiday are so close together.
Unfortunately, I didn’t get any photos of the event itself, as it’s a first-person event and I was running a bit late in helping the other gals get ready upstairs. But, I did get a few photos after the event on the porch.
For this event, I wore my Neopolitan plaid wool dress, since it has pink in it and I thought that was fitting for Valentine’s Day. I portrayed Susanna Kincaid Thompson, an American settler from Kentucky who was married to a local businessman who owned 3 hotels in the area. Fortunately, I only had one slip-up during the event, which happened when the event organizer came up to the table that I was at (each reenactor sits with members of the public during the event as part of the socializing during the tea) and asked me how my “daughter” was. Being a single, childless woman in the 21st century, I was shocked a bit at first, but then remembered that Susanna had a 2 year-old daughter in 1860, meaning that she had a 1 year-old daughter in 1859. Silly me forgot to do the math on that one. Ooops. 😉
My bestie, Nona, was able to make it up from school down in Oregon to attend.
All in all, it was a fabulous reenactment that involved lots of tea-drinking, dessert-eating, and socializing, and that resulted in some really neat developments that I hope to talk about here soon (I don’t want to jinx it!).
Happy Valentine’s Day, everyone!