Kites: From The 18th Century Material Resource Center An Excellent Resource!
Snapping silk banners, exciting games of cleverness and wit lend to the excitement and jovial atmosphere of a pirate festival. Capt'n Steve may accompany me since he loves Pirate Festivals! We can entertain many guests at one time! Something hands on, everyone can play with, all ages! Look for a line at the rope swing!
19th Century Events
A few changes and additions to the 18th century program, a clothing change and 'voila!'; you have a 19th century event! Toys and games galore! You know some of these games... jacks, stilts, marbles, pick up sticks, hop-scotch... Share them with your guests, families, or public!
Fort Ontario. Photo Credits this event Dave Hyland
This unique experience was part of the day camp in Vorheesville, NY- Heldeberg Workshop. The children were 5th and 6th graders who arrived at 9am, staying until noon. Throughout the week we lived as if we were 18th century refugees during the Revolutionary War travelling from Albany to Schoharie.
We made our own clothing, cooked over the fire, hiked in the woods foraging, cared for our pet goat, Sam, built our own stilts, made small toys and made up games. The children took on appropriate 18th century names (sometimes their own middle names) and recorded their experiences in handmade journals with feather pens using ink we made ourselves.
By the end of the week, we had formed bonds unlike in any other workshop I had ever had. These students went home and, of their own volition, did research that they then brought back to the workshop the next day, showing us what they had learned and teaching each other period skills.
When our neighbor said she wanted an 18th century birthday party, we went all out! She helped design the cake, the girls all dressed up, we set up a camp and kept these girls busy for nearly two days solid! Her mom cooked the meals, they ate by the fireside. Late that night, while still giggling and talking in the tent, strange and scary noises came from the woods... After much screaming and carrying on, the neighbor's grandson and my husband popped out and we all had a great laugh.
To those who appear here, who have shared their pictures with me, helped me edit and encouraged me!