…From two weeks of work/vacation/playing dress-up! We spent the first weekend in September at Hay Creek Festival, where we set up on the hill with the Early American crafters and Kate got to do open fire cooking all weekend! Hay Creek is always a fun event, with lots of children hanging around Mr. Frey to try their hand at scherenschnitte! I get to sit still and do what I love… papercut! All dressed up in colonial garb. And by Sunday evening, the scent of yummy things and woodsmoke follows Kate wherever she goes. We really don’t like washing those outfits on Monday… it seems we’re washing away memories. However, the Mom in me knows it must be done.

We came home with four days to replenish our stock a little, and then headed out to Mount Vernon’s 18th Century Crafts Fair. As reenactors and history buffs, it escapes me to explain how we’ve never visited our dear Washington’s home before, but I can tell you without a doubt that we will visit again! The weekend was bustling with activity and we rarely got away from our booth, but we stayed over Monday to enjoy the grounds and museum. What a beautiful estate… and we’re very impressed at how the Mount Vernon Ladies Society has preserved the home and the memory of the Father of Our Country. 

We didn’t get a lot of pictures, but we’ll share a few… here’s Kate and me in the booth…

And the Rat Destroyer… this gentleman was wonderfully fun, and not too scary to children. They flocked to him like the Pied Piper! It must have been the cute furry creature in his cage…

And a view of the mansion…

And a view of the view… Kate and Dad are enjoying it!

And the gardens…

And the mill…

And the distillery… I love how the light was coming in the window!

We met some wonderful people this past couple of weekends, and are really enjoying being able to participate in period craft shows. And we’re definitely going to find time to head back to Mt. V.! But for now, it’s back to the cutting board!

3 thoughts on “Back…

  1. Thank you for sharing all of these wonderful photos! I would love to visit there one day. I especially enjoyed the photo of your tent. Love how you have things set up for display, the photo gave me many great ideas! Thanks,
    La Donna

  2. Kim–
    Not sure when you’re leaving for CA, but I pray that you have a wonderful time together with your daughter and family! I know you must be SO excited to meet that new grandbaby!
    We were blessed to be able (Hubby and I AND Kati and Bekah) to visit Ryan and family in OK a couple of weeks ago. It was so good to be able to see them, and see where they live. They are expecting another little girl in January, and are planning a visit home sometime this spring.
    Blessings to all…
    ~ Cheryl

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