Not to disparage, or in any manner take away from,
Re-enactorfest, I do believe part of the interest for many Canadian
re-enactors was the fact we had a Canadian conference, which would cater
to Canadian interests, while still encompassing a broad spectrum of
viewpoints and interests.
I know for myself and Gary we wouldn't be travelling to Chicago
for a conference, and I imagine there are a number of other merchants
and re-enactors who would also hesitate to make the journey, partly
because of distance, partly because of the potential fuss of border
crossing (yes, yes, I know, hundreds of you do it every year without
On the other hand, there is another extremely well-organized
conference (Forward Into the Past -- FITP) which takes place every year,
covering 500 AD through 1600, put on by a group out of Kitchener. Neil
Peterson, the head coordinator, has for some number of years expressed
an interest in perhaps coordinating efforts of the LHC and FITP to
create a true Living History Conference that would span from 500AD
The FITP folk put on a simply dizzying array of classes. To
quote from their website:
As in past years our goal is to bring you over 100 hours of classes on a
very wide range of topics. Four different types of classes are offered.
Lectures on a culture or topic; Practicums - hands on classes; and In
Persona classes -- where the instructor teaches while in the role of a
medieval personality; finally there will be children's classes.
I think between the superb organizational ability of the FITP
and LHC folk we have the ability to create a conference that would draw
from a larger crowd, thereby potentially offering greater potential for
fund-raising, while maximizing resources and personnel. There is the
potential to create an ALFHAM for re-enactors.
(who tends to paint with HUGE canvas, BIG brush, and LOTS of COLOUR)
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