official, “Wear Old Clothes and Stand in a Field” week has finally arrived! Hurray! Are you excited?!? I know you are excited.
Okay, so in case you aren’t aware of this annual event, let me tell you about it. My kids love it. In fact, my kids live for it. It’s that great. For them. Not for me. Of course, it is (trumpets…dum, dum, dah!) the Alafia River Rendezvous.
What is it? Well, it’s a chance for a bunch of crazy people to get together for a week. Allow me to explain…
Alafia River Rendezvous is a pre-1840’s rendezvous reenactment. It’s a way to make history come alive for grown ups and kids of all ages. Basically, people come together for a week (I actually think some of them are there for 2 weeks or even more) and they camp together. They wear period-correct clothing (some more than others) and camp in period-correct tents. They reenact how a rendezvous (or a meeting to sell and trade) would have taken place.
Many of these people are hard-core. They have authentic canvas tents. They bring in furniture. No lie! They bring authentic old beds to sleep in and wooden tables to eat at. Some of them even bring dressers and shelving units and all kinds of stuff. They bring real dishes to eat from. They sleep there and cook over an open flame. I think in some cases, there is booze involved, and I know in most cases, there is insanity involved.
Now, those of you who are homeschoolers (or at least homeschoolers in spirit) are thinking, “Cool! How can I get involved?” The rest of you are thinking, “Why in the world would people do that?” I must say, I have asked both questions. Today.
So, how can you get involved? Sew yourself some clothes that look old and come join the insanity! Don’t brush your hair or wear a bra. You’ll fit right in.
And why in the world? Like I said, insanity. It actually is a great chance for kids to learn history through living it. My kids have learned more there in the two years we have been than they ever have from a history book. That’s why we go. As far as why there are grown ups with no children there, I have absolutely no idea! I’m pretty sure it’s just an excuse to play dress up and not shower for a week.
Now, don’t get me wrong. We aren’t quite THAT crazy. We are day campers. We just go during the daytime and then shower and sleep in warm beds at night. We’re only borderline insane, but we haven’t crossed the line yet. I have friends who have crossed over, and apparently, once you go Rendezvous, there’s nothing better to do.
I’m excited to see what this week holds. Today, as Mr. E and I were walking around, looking at the set-ups of camps, I was smiling. (Apparently, I don’t do that often.) Mr. Everything asked why I was so happy. (A rare occurrence?) I told him that I was thrilled because I knew I had a week’s worth of blog stories at my fingertips. I bet I’ll see a whole lot of crazy this week, and I will be sure to share it with you! There's nothing I love better than a whole bunch of crazy! I can’t wait. It’s going to be fun! -Al