Summer always brings loads of local festivals and events. Around here, if you can't find something to do, it's because you didn't look around.
This weekend was the annual Indian Festival at the Oakville Indian Mound Museum located just a few miles from my house. The Oakville Indian Mounds Park and Museum in Lawrence County is home to thousands of Indian artifacts and two Indian mounds. The exhibit opened in 1987. That year, 600 children, all Native American descendents, learned about their Indian heritage. Since then, that number has grown to 1,500 students. The festival includes Indian culture and dances and a civil war reenactment plus tons of vendors and people in costume doing living history recitals of local figures from days gone by, like Aunt Jenny Brooks.
Did I mention there was bluegrass picking and grinning going on, too? Something for everyone and then some!
Several of my pictures didn't turn out as well as I would like. The dance area is in the shade, wonderful for the dancers but not so good for picture taking.
Man, I'm glad that women don't dress like this any more! She claims that she's not hot, but I think the lady lied. Even with the nice breeze that was blowing, I was sweating and she had a lot more clothes on than I did. I wish I had gotten pictures of the field nurses tending the wounded during the battle, but I took too many pics of friends and family. This is the way the common women dressed, all those fancy hoop skirts you see in the movies were worn by the well-off Ladies of the Manor. At least dressed like this, you didn't have to worry about love handles showing!
I ran out pictures before the actual civil war reenactment, but here you see them getting just one of the many cannons in position. The black powder guns and cannons were really loud and clouds of smelly black smoke rolled across the landscape during the battle. The kids loved it, all that charging on horseback, loud booms, fake death scenes and screaming. The little boys all wanted to play soldier with them!
Looks like some of combatants had to take a break!
This is my cousin, Jeff Waters who is a professional blacksmith. On the left he's showing some of the knives he made, and on the right he's using his primitive forge. He performs at all the local events and always draws quite a crowd. Looks the part, doesn't he! If any of you ladies out there in blogland like your men big, burly and of the mountain-man persuasion, Jeff's single and up for grabs.