Monday, October 1, 2012

Chamber of Commerce

From Julie H., historical interpreter:

A week ago, we were the venue for the fantastic Augusta County Chamber of Commerce festival, "Good Times, Tastes, & Traditions." As per the event title, there were tasty foods, excellent music, and traditional craftspeople. Good times were had by all!

If you missed the event, here are some photos from around the museum. What a great day!

Most folks started out in West Africa, and were greeted by tents filled with food, traditional baskets, and these awesome ladies. They were part of an Igbo dance group out of Baltimore, Maryland, and performed traditional women's dances on site. They had some men with them too, who later did traditional men's dances.

In England, there were beer tents, English-themed food, and more vineyards than you could count!
 And of course, little Alfie was a hit!

More beer, food, wine, and crafts in Ireland:
Heading down to Germany next, dozens more tents, with delicious smells of bratwurst, and other authentic German foods. And of course, more beer, wine, and craftspeople!

Here's the scene from in front of the American Indian exhibit:
And finally, everything down in the last two American farms, filled with many more exciting things. Here's our new 1850s American Short Horn cow, Hollyhock, inspecting some of the tents in front of her, one of which had a very tempting hot tub.

Now, we are preparing for two major events this coming weekend. Homeschool Day is this Friday, when we welcome hundreds of homeschoolers to the site, and Oktoberfest is Saturday, October 6th. We can't wait! Please come out for German food, games, and music this weekend!

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